Hammers really fancied against City


Former Premier League goalkeeper Asmir Begovic believes it “could be a good time” to play Manchester City.

The Bosnian keeper who has played for Chelsea, Bournemouth and Queens Park Rangers among others told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily he could see us giving City a stern examination on Saturday.

He made the point that catching teams straight after an international break when players had been travelling can be a good time pointing out that there can be jet lag and after their start the Irons will be fancying the game.

He said: “They will not mind being without the ball as they really like counter-attacking football and set pieces suit West Ham.”

He also paid the Hammers tribute for signing Mohammed Kudus who could well be set for his first start for the Irons.

“They have got another dimension in midfield with him,” said Begovic, “and they will need it to challenge on the European stage.

“They have built a really nice squad, done good business and got value for money. I think it should be a really good season for them.”

That is all good stuff and the truth is that we are going into this game with as much confidence as we have , probably ever, against City,

Just a reminder Claret and Hugh is going for a 2-1 Hammers win.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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