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Formations Moyes must avoid against Leicester

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  1. “Little problem in beating the Foxes”; do me a favour ! Which football team do those who have this opinion been following ? We may beat Leicester – I really hope & pray that we do, but it won’t be easy , based on what I have seen this season, All of the evidence for this statement lies in the dismal performances that West Ham have served up & in their league position. Leicester have pace in attack, & we can’t handle teams with pace. Leicester can defend, & we can’t. I wait in trepidation for the game ! I very much hope that I am wrong in forecasting 0-2.

    • If Moyes starts Carroll up front we are doomed.What about Quina? Young talented and quick everything Carroll and Noble aren’t.

      • Hi Roman,
        I was seriously thinking about Quina, so no problems there-hope Moyes gives the kid a bit of playing time, since he is seriously good and our club must do everything to keep him with us!
        COYI

    • Sorry kcockayne for any confusion..
      What you have read is somewhat different to my original article, and something must have got mixed up in editing (these things happen now and then..).

      I totally agree you, that we will probably have a lot of trouble against Leicester; the point that I was trying to make, is that a lot of other writers think this should be an easy win for us, which is not what I believe-far from it.
      If Moyes plays Carroll and Noble in the starting line-up. we will lose, and it could well be 0-2, as you suggested!
      If by chance, he puts together a strong midfield and the two striker set-up as suggested, we will still leak 2 goals, but may get lucky and score 3; therefore, I am going for an unlikely 3-2 win!
      COYI

  2. With so many weak links over the park max , any formation is a formation to avoid ?
    But how do you omit zabba, cresswell , noble , Carroll , Reid. Kouyate , obiang , ayew , masuaku ! All have either no pace , no defensive ability , or bang out of form for whatever reason that is down to ?
    Leicesters pace will cause us problems tonight ! All we can do as usual is go and support and hope Moyes has a philosophy in the making that helps until Jan ?
    I’m expecting much the same , why wouldn’t I !! Get well soon mate , up the hammers !!!!😉

    • Sorry kcockayne for any confusion..
      What you have read is somewhat different to my original article, and something must have got mixed up in editing (these things happen now and then..).

      I totally agree you, that we will probably have a lot of trouble against Leicester; the point that I was trying to make, is that a lot of other writers think this should be an easy win for us, which is not what I believe-far from it.
      If Moyes plays Carroll and Noble in the starting line-up. we will lose, and it could well be 0-2, as you suggested!
      If by chance, he puts together a strong midfield and the two striker set-up as suggested, we will still leak 2 goals, but may get lucky and score 3; therefore, I am going for an unlikely 3-2 win!
      COYI

    • Hi Laz and thanks for your kind wishes!
      The title of what you read is different from my own and so what can I say?
      I had to write something, so opted for what I thought was the best of the worst, player wise, and using the best compromise, formation wise.
      Just hope that Moyes doesn’t start the game with Carroll and Noble.
      I agree that with the likes of Vardy, Okazaki, Mahrez, and gray (in attack), it will be hard to keep them out.
      Put simply, we must gain the all-important initiative (first 20-25 mins), score early and rather than ‘parking ht bus the bus’, try and knock in a second goal before the break!
      That will require a lot of guts from Moyes, but I know it can be done, even without Antonio and Chicharito.
      We have to win this game, mate, since you know what we are facing in December!!
      Cheers,
      M.

    • You know Laz you are starting to sound more like bubs all the time.lol

  3. 😂 not wrong roman ! We both see the problem im sure he would agree 😂 But its obviouse ain’t it ! But not on the bony front lol! Its like Kevin and the Carroll infatuation 😂
    Where are you bubs ? We miss you and jenks 😉

    • I heard That , Laz 😱 . Still think Carroll will come good , Mate . Nothing we can do about the formation Moyes starts the game with . Just hope it’s a flexible one . One thing for sure though , we had better be on our toes because Leicester play a very pacy game with some very sharp strikers . We shall need a very strong midfield and some quick wide play . Not a fan of one player up front so for me we should go with a 352 . Going to need all the midfield we can get to protect the defense . It’s winnable but one must be honest , Leicester look to be favourites . Not worth predicting any score line , but we need to score first . On 45mins would be nice .

  4. I would like to see Sakho start, I don’t agree with the formations against Leicester, up top Vardy will be a lone striker possibly supported by Mahrez and Gray, they will try and suck us upfield and counter us, their style of play hasn’t changed that much under Puel. I think we should play 3 5 1 1 but with a lot more discipline than under Bilic, most of the time against Leicester 3 centre backs should be more than enough cover and I would make Kouyate one of them, he is a headless chicken at the minute when he plays as a CB he is forced to stay in position which improves our shape, he also has some pace which we are lacking. My team would be Hart/Adrian Masuaku, Ogbonna, Reid, Kouyate, Zab, Rice in midfield, Obiang, Lanzini, Ayew and Sakho. It is quite a mobile team then with a lot of players that can interchange positions. I do not think he will play that system but I think it would be effective. I expect us to have a lot more possession against Leicester but against Leicester that means nothing, they are very effective on the counter although slightly less adventurous under Puel.

    • Agree I’d like to see Sahko & Ayew both been in good form Sahko is our most rounded CF & playing will help him move & help us get more money he will show up.
      And for me I think it is past time for Adrian to be #1 again. Tho I have thought this for a while it seems as if the CBs feel more comfortable w him behind them he is a shot stopper high enegery more pace.
      And Rice for me should play in CB as back 3 or in Mid.

      • Yeah I would like to see Rice starting, he is actually very pacey, if he started at CB with Kouyate in m/f that would be fine although Kouyate just goes awol on his gung ho attacking runs and leaves Obiang covering the full width of the pitch which makes him look pretty poor and leaves the defence exposed and easy chances for teams to outnumber us. I expect though Noble will be starting again which may be ok against Leicester if we have more possession but doesn’t really help the defensive cover and offers us nothing if he is caught out of position by their quick counters. I hope we get something out of the game to build on COYI !!!

  5. I’ll be there !! Abusing everyone 😂😂 especially Carroll and noble keV 😂😂

  6. Moyes must learn like many Noble is not our future and we must move on
    Why not give Sak a chance he does score and give us options
    We can’t keep waiting for the old pros to deliver so Quina can do no worse then Ayew or Arnie
    Sorry for the absence lads but been in Hospital no wifi
    Cut backs must be brexit
    Adrien deserves his chance again can’t do any worse
    Byram could be used in front of Zac to giving the same options as the left
    We have to try something new
    I don’t hate Noble just not wearing claret and blue goggles
    Keep Carroll fit to sell anytime now he will break his big toe tripping over his child name books
    Bambi would have been a good one Andy

  7. Hello bubs , in hospital with WiFi ? 😂
    Hope its nothing serious ! Removal of Stella can from hand 😉
    Welcome back mate ! I think matte has been locked up in the cellar by his new bride ! Figures? ! 😂

  8. Good to be back now it’s 1-1
    Lack of SAN Miguel in system
    Sad for Slav but his day had come he had lost the dressing room and the real fans
    Let’s hope these over paid prima donas start repaying the best fans in the world
    COYI

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