Stoke City vs West Ham Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Stoke City vs West Ham Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

These two sides will have ambitions of a top ten finish and they remain the only two sides to beat Manchester City this season, showing both have a lot of quality in their ranks. West Ham are currently in the top four showing the improvement they have showed this season, which has culminated in two wins against last season's top two. Stoke will offer a hard test for West Ham as its never easy to go to Stoke and get …
Burnley vs West Ham United Preview | Key Men, Team News & Stats

Burnley vs West Ham United Preview | Key Men, Team News & Stats

West Ham United 1 Liverpool 2 | Post-Match Tactical Analysis

West Ham United 1 Liverpool 2 | Post-Match Tactical Analysis

With West Ham finally free from the pressure cooker that is the relegation battle, Liverpool's trip to Upton Park posed a major threat to their ever-increasing title aspirations. The lazy journalists were having a field day, with Stewart Downing and Andy Carroll supposedly the 'Kop flops looking for revenge'. I even saw a very entertaining quote from John Hartson about West Ham 'knocking a few early balls up to him' and 'showing Liverpool what they've been missing out on from …
Manager Impact Index: Allardyce, Rodgers surge | Wenger, Mourinho slip

Manager Impact Index: Allardyce, Rodgers surge | Wenger, Mourinho slip

As the Premier League enters the final stages of the season I have managed to crunch the numbers for the Manager Impact Index and take a look at how the managers are performing. If you've never read this series before I started this back in August so for more information read the first ever Manager Impact Index blog here: Introduction to the Manager Impact Index. I've taken the liberty of having a good look at the impacts of the new managers …
West Ham | February Turnaround At Upton Park

West Ham | February Turnaround At Upton Park

A month ago, West Ham fell into the relegation zone after a very poor showing against Newcastle in a 3-1 defeat at Upton Park. Many fans wanted to see Sam Allardyce lose his job after being embarrassed in both cup competitions and the Hammers looked like they were falling quickly into the Championship. He maintained that the club would survive once injured players returned to fitness, but this was ridiculed by many supporters who saw it as an excuse. Now, …
Manager Impact Index - The Return

Manager Impact Index - The Return

After an 8 game sabbatical (work taking over my time) I've now been able to update the Manager Impact Index with up to date figures, including the 3 newbies to the Premier League, Sherwood, Mel and Solskjaer.  More on those later. Just as a reminder, the MII is a way of tracking and scoring each teams managers impacts on any particular game.  Castrol have a Manager League Table on the LMA website (here) which is based on wins and losses, goals …
Manager Index Double Update | Rodgers flies up table, Wenger still top

Manager Index Double Update | Rodgers flies up table, Wenger still top

A double update this week, broken down into each week. Week 15 A bumper number of overall points scored this week with 253 points, the highest tally for 8 weeks.  Many of these points were awarded as a result of  a couple of the big boys being turned over and some other surprising results. Mark Hughes' win over Chelsea at home earned him a huge 35 points this week, Hughtons away win at West Brom was worth 34 points and …
Liverpool 4 West Ham 1 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 4 West Ham 1 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool won their second of two home games this week with another goal-fest, beating West Ham 4-1 despite a couple of scares, and an overall good performance ahead of a tough end to the month. Line-Ups Brendan Rodgers started Mamadou Sakho at left centre-back alongside Martin Skrtel in the absence of Daniel Agger who was sick. Sakho has been out of the side for a few weeks and has been unlucky not to feature, so this was an opportunity for …
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