West Ham vs Sunderland Match Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

West Ham vs Sunderland Match Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Sam Allardyce's future is unknown as he is entering the last few months of his contract at West Ham without looking like renewing his contract with the East London side. However he could be managing in this fixture next campaign as many believe he will be a front runner for the Sunderland job in the summer after Gus Poyet was relieved of his duties this week. The experienced Dick Advocaat was appointed as his replacement, but he isn't expected to …
Tactical Analysis: Everton 2-1 West Ham

Tactical Analysis: Everton 2-1 West Ham

It was a great Everton performance as The Toffees defeated a very in-form West Ham side. On his 400th appearance, Leon Osman slides home the winner in a 2-1 victory over The Hammers. Everton took the lead after half-an-hour, Romelu Lukaku scored from close range after Ross Barkley's shot was deflected. West Ham equalised after making two substitutes, Mauro Zarate's shot taking a huge deflection over the Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard. However, Leon Osman scored the winner to pick three …
West Ham's Transfer Targets | Current Squad Stats

West Ham's Transfer Targets | Current Squad Stats

After their second season back in the Premier League, West Ham United achieved a 13th place finish, 3 places lower than last season and 6 fewer points. Sam Allardyce's teams have always been fantastic at defending, but have never played the most attractive football either, as seen at his previous jobs with Bolton, Newcastle and Blackburn. Many West Ham fans feel his time is up as manager and want somebody who can bring a more attacking game, but sustain the …
Premier League's Most Clinical Strikers | Sturridge, Rodriguez, Cole & Welbeck

Premier League's Most Clinical Strikers | Sturridge, Rodriguez, Cole & Welbeck

With three quarters of the season gone, Luis Suarez leads the goal scoring charts by some distance with 24 goals. Suarez’s Liverpool teammate Daniel Sturridge is the closest to him with 18 goals but despite being behind, Sturridge has shown a more clinical edge in front of goal than his teammate Suarez. Many would believe that Suarez has far and away been the best goal scorer in the league this season, but when it comes to being clinical, there are …
Norwich City Vs West Ham Preview | Stats, Key Players & Team News

Norwich City Vs West Ham Preview | Stats, Key Players & Team News

These two sides have both had poor starts of the season but for entirely different reasons. Norwich spent a lot of money on players in the summer and Chris Hughton is failing to mould them into a team. The pressure is building on Hughton as Norwich are languishing in the bottom three. He desperately needs to win on Saturday or he could become the third Premier League manager to lose his job this season. West Ham are lacking a Premier …
The Return of Carlton Cole | Stats from 08/09 and 09/10

The Return of Carlton Cole | Stats from 08/09 and 09/10

On the 22nd May of this year, it was announced that Carlton Cole would be released by West Ham in the summer. The striker reacted by tweeting “life is filled with ups and downs - today is a down, but I’ll be back” - a conventional footballer response to being released – not a claim that Cole expected to be at West Ham, let alone 5 months later. With Andy Carroll scuppering to another injury that will rule him out …
The Worst Strikers In Front Of Goal 12/13 | Stats Analysis

The Worst Strikers In Front Of Goal 12/13 | Stats Analysis

While Robin Van Persie and Luis Suarez were scoring 49 Premier League goals between them last season, there were a few strikers looking on and hoping that just one of their shots hit the back of the net. We have taken an in depth look at these strikers and compared the worst strikers in front of goal from the 2012/2013 season, doing so by looking at all the strikers that have had 30 shots or more and comparing their shooting …
West Ham 2 Liverpool 3 | Tactical Analysis & Player Stats Report

West Ham 2 Liverpool 3 | Tactical Analysis & Player Stats Report

Liverpool and West Ham played out a hotly contested match at Upton Park. Liverpool just edged the encounter with two goals from former West Ham players (a Glen Johnson screamer & good finish from Joe Cole) and one own goal by James Collins. Despite the close margin, Liverpool created triple the scoring chances of West Ham with 12 to The Hammers’ 4. Their possession play resulted in a strong 61% share of the ball. West Ham ceded possession control and …