Complacency Is Hammers Biggest Danger Ahead Of Cardiff

How many times in the past have West Ham achieved a great result and then followed it with capitulation to a team that they should beat? The answer is plenty, it is so long since Hammers won consecutive Premier League fixtures that Brexit voting was something on the horizon!

No Reunion For Arnie And Sparky

When Marko Arnoutovic helped bury Stoke City last season, their manager at the time Mark Hughes was 'less than pleased', he was particularly vociferous during the match at the Bet 365 Stadium where it was not necessary to be a lip reader in order to get the gist of his opinion of the player his club sold to West Ham for £24 Million. As a result of the minor verbal altercation Hughes was warned of his behaviour by the FA and the matter seemed to be forgotten, that was until the next meeting when unpleasantries were exchanged again.

Snodgrass Redemption Complete

After nearly two years West Ham United's Scottish winger Robert Snodgrass has finally been accepted by players, owners and fans alike as a true Hammer. Funny old game is football, Manuel Pellegrini saw enough about 30 year old Snodgrass to want to keep him at the club as opposed to selling him to Aston Villa who were very keen to reain his services given how well he had done there on a season's long loan.

Extraordinary Newcastle United v West Ham United Team Sheets

Newcastle Utd: Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Schar, Manquillo, Ki, Diame, Ritchie, Kenedy, Rondon, Perez. Subs: Woodman, Clark, Lascelles, Shelvey, Joselu, Atsu, Longstaff
West Ham Utd: Fabianski, Cresswell, Balbuena, Diop, Zabaleta, Noble, Rice, Snodgrass, Anderson, Arnautovic, Hernandez. Subs: Adrian, Carroll, Obiang, Wilshere, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Perez

Carroll Injured Even Before Newcastle Game

Take it with whichever size grain of salt you like, but there is a particularly worrying story on social media regarding the fitness, or lack of it, of Hammers striker Andy Carroll.

Right Back In The Creek Without A Paddle Can Antonio Help?

The media do love a good story whether there is any truth in it or not, nowadays it is called fake news, back in the day it was just known as bovine excreta or words to that effect.

Hammers Will Attempt To Reduce Wage Bill Ahead Of Arrivals

Manuel Pellegrini has been very clear to state that he is not seeking to sell any players during the January transfer window, he has actually inferred that he wants to bring 'a couple more. The only fly in the ointment being that the Hammers hierarchy have sent a clear message that any incomings will have to be financed by outgoing player sales and possibly loan fees, after all it isn't as if they haven't backed their manager up already in the transfer market but enough is enough.

Hammers To Put Carroll In The Shop Window Ahead Of January

The usual scenario when Hammers striker Andy Carroll returns from one of his perrenial long term injuries is that he comes back for a couple of games, gets his Mojo back, plays a blinder and then picks up yet another injury, usually a long term one! The process of recovery then begins again as he takes back his permanently reserved place in the Kieron Dyer memorial ward of the club's medical facilities, however Carroll's potential return was temporarily suspended despite him being fit and available for the Manchester City game, was this part of a cunning plan?

Sometimes It's Not Good To Talk Marky

Unless you have been unable to see any Barclays Premier League football this season, it would be impossible not to be impressed with the league's runaway leaders style of play. They arrived at the London Stadium and simply took West Ham apart, ironically Hammers did't play poorly they were just blown away! Little more than a Manchester City victory could be envisaged even by the most devoted and hard core of fans ahead of the match, but did they have to have it handed to them on a plate?

Confirmed West Ham United v Manchester City Line Ups

West Ham United: Fabianski, Zabaleta, Balbuena, Diop, Masuaku, Obiang, Rice, Diangana, Anderson, Arnautovic, Antonio. Subs: Adrian, Cresswell, Carroll, Noble, Chicharito, Ogbonna, Perez.
Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Delph, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Silva, Sane, Aguero, Sterling. Subs: Muric, Kompany, Stones, Mahrez, Jesus, Zinchenko, Foden.
Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistants: Scott Ledger, Simon Long
Fourth official: Keith Stroud

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