West Ham United vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

West Ham United vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Title challengers Arsenal make the short trip to Upton Park on Boxing Day to face West Ham looking to pick up the win which would keep them in contention at the top during this busy period. Having been seven points clear just a few weeks ago, they have been pegged back by the clubs around them and now sit second behind Liverpool on goal difference. The top five teams are separated by only two points showing how tight the league …
Manchester United v West Ham Preview | Team News and Key Players Stats

Manchester United v West Ham Preview | Team News and Key Players Stats

The two Capital One Cup semi-finalists meet at Old Trafford on Saturday, with both teams in need of a win in the Premier League. Manchester United haven't won at home since their 1-0 win against Arsenal in mid November, while West Ham's last away win came at White Hart Lane in early October. Team News Wayne Rooney will have a late fitness test for the hosts, while Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick will miss the match through injury. Nemanja …
West Ham 0-0 Sunderland - Match Report and Statistical Analysis

West Ham 0-0 Sunderland - Match Report and Statistical Analysis

I started my day of football watching one of the best adverts for the Barclays Premier League that i can remember for a long time in Manchester City's 6-3 win over Arsenal. I've just ended  it watching one of the worst, West Ham's 0-0 home draw with Sunderland. You will go a long way to see two worse teams this season in the most popular league in the world and based on that display and not even including other woeful …
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 …
Liverpool Vs West Ham United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

After their 5-1 slaughter of Norwich on Wednesday night, Liverpool will be hoping for a similar result when they take on West Ham United at Anfield this weekend. Luis Suarez scored four goals and got an assist to round off one of the best individual performances at Anfield in years against the Canaries, and so Sam Allardyce will have to make sure his defence are fully prepared for what the Uruguayan striker could bring to the game. The visitors will …
West Ham 0 Chelsea 3 | Post Match Analysis

West Ham 0 Chelsea 3 | Post Match Analysis

In the absence of Andy Carroll through long term injury, West Ham again opted to pack the midfield in a 4-6-0, with Kevin Nolan, who occasionally ventured forward providing the Hammers’ biggest goal threat on the night, alongside emerging star Ravel Morrison, who accompanied him in a more attack minded four, Stewart Downing and Joe Cole making up foursome on either side. And yet packing the midfield didn’t pay dividends for Sam Allardyce’s side, having only 45% of the possession …
England's Holding Midfielder: Noble Vs Barry, Wilshere, Carrick et al

England's Holding Midfielder: Noble Vs Barry, Wilshere, Carrick et al

We can talk about formations until we're blue in the face, 4-2-3-1, 4-3-3 and even 3-5-2 but it's not easy to be definitive with numerical formations in a game that is constantly flowing, with its players constantly moving into different patterns depending on which team has the ball. What is certain though, in the various shapes that teams like to play - both in and out of possession - is the place in the team for modern football's holding midfielder: …
West Ham United - 8 Game Review | Stats Analysis

West Ham United - 8 Game Review | Stats Analysis

The season started well for the Hammers with 4 points out of 6, a victory against newly promoted Cardiff and a draw at Newcastle. Considering the injury to Andy Carroll, that start gave West Ham hope that they could take advantage of a kind opening 6 games on paper and get some early points on the board. The reality however was a little different with a 0-1 defeat at home Stoke followed by a 0-0 draw at Southampton which saw …
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