The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Matchweek 1

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Matchweek 1

The Premier League is back. Eight games have been played, sixteen teams have begun their seasons, filled with a mix of optimism and trepidation. Teams coming off good seasons will have been hoping to carry that form into the new season and kick on up the table. Others will have wanted to shake off the stench of disappointment after a bad season last time around. For only the second time since the dawn of the Premier League era (05-06 the …
Why West Ham United Must Build, not Rebuild, This Summer

Why West Ham United Must Build, not Rebuild, This Summer

It would be fair to say that West Ham United had a disappointing season in the 2019/20 edition of the Premier League. The Hammers, having finished 10th in 2018/19, went into their second season under Manuel Pellegrini expecting big things. They had shown huge ambition in the transfer market and secured the signings of Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt and Pablo Fornals from Villareal for a combined £69million. Add to that Issa Diop and Felipe Anderson, the previous summer's big …
Liverpool Vs West Ham Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

Liverpool Vs West Ham Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

After a brief break interspersed with European football and the FA Cup, Premier League is back this weekend with its 28th game week. While the marquee fixture of this game week is no doubt Manchester United hosting Chelsea on Sunday in an important game for both teams’ top-four ambitions, one of the other top-four contenders – Liverpool host West Ham on Saturday. Both the teams are well-rested, even though Liverpool have had a shorter rest period due to their Champions League …
Manchester United v West Ham United Preview: Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester United v West Ham United Preview: Team News, Stats & Key Men

It is here at last. The curtain rises. Premier League football is back and is about to consume our lives one game at a time for the next nine months. Manchester United will begin their 2017/18 campaign at Old Trafford where they found themselves trapped for many a time last season - in a series of 1-1 and 0-0 draws, much to the frustration of the supporters and the manager. Having added three new faces and losing a few old …
Could Arnautovic and Hernandez Send West Ham into Europe?

Could Arnautovic and Hernandez Send West Ham into Europe?

After a disappointing transfer window last summer, things are certainly looking up for West Ham United this time around. Deals for Stoke City's Marko Arnautovic and Bayer Leverkusen's Javier Hernandez look set to be complete by Monday, and along with Joe Hart and Pablo Zabaleta could the Hammers push for a top seven finish this season and enter Europe? https://twitter.com/SkySportsNews/status/888061322251952129 According to Sky Sports sources, West Ham have agreed a £16m fee with Leverkusen and terms have been accepted with the Mexican, who will arrive in London …
West Ham v Arsenal | Preview, Team News & Key Men

West Ham v Arsenal | Preview, Team News & Key Men

As the Premier League resumes, West Ham and Arsenal will face each other in another fascinating London derby after a disappointing midweek for both sides in the English League Cup (or the EFL cup). West Ham United are struggling to find consistency in the league at the moment under Slaven Bilic. With only one win in the last five Premier League outings, including losses to Everton and Spurs, the Hammers find themselves in a relegation battle in December. After their …
Liverpool vs West Ham Preview: Team News, Key Men & Stats

Liverpool vs West Ham Preview: Team News, Key Men & Stats

Liverpool host West Ham United in the fourth round of the FA Cup. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Reds' FA Cup triumph over the same opponents in the final of the competition in spectacular fashion as Steven Gerrard scored an absolute screamer in the dying embers of the game. However, things have changed aplenty in 10 years. Liverpool have lost to West Ham twice this season already, once under Brendan Rodgers and then under Jurgen Klopp. Saturday …
Five Surprise Packages So Far from the Premier League

Five Surprise Packages So Far from the Premier League

We're only four games into the season, so any definitive statements on the 'best' players of the 2015/16 season is something better left until we have a bigger pool of games from which to take data and start to make predictions for the remainder of the season. Fear not however, this train of thought allows us to focus our attention on the players whose form in the early period of the season has perhaps surprised those 'in the know'. Ross Barkley …
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