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BBC pundit predicts no Boxing day joy

MarkLawrenson1BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson believes West Ham can only manage a draw on their away trip to the South coast on Boxing day.

Lawro told the BBC website: “Bournemouth have gone seven league games without a win and I do find it amazing that their boss Eddie Howe gets such an easy ride when his team are struggling.

Any other Premier League manager would be getting panned if their team was in the relegation zone now, including the promoted clubs.

I am not saying I think Howe should be getting criticism – just that I am surprised he is not, based on what we see happen with almost every other top-flight club. He has done a really good job there, winning promotion, keeping them up in 2015-16 and then finishing ninth last season – but even he and his players are saying they are in a relegation battle now.

Premier League – bottom six snapshot: Newcastle in 15th, Crystal Palace in 16th, West Ham in 17th, Bournemouth in 18th, West Brom in 19th and Swansea in 20th. West Ham are only one place above them, after their defeat at home to Newcastle on Saturday in what was a very strange game.

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I think it will only be a blip after the Hammers’ recent good run, but it is a little bit concerning when teams who have been down at the bottom lose games you expect them to win because it can be a case of ‘here we go again’.

It probably helps a bit that they are playing Bournemouth next, though. Neither side are great defensively, so I am going to go for a draw.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1″

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I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

4 comments on “BBC pundit predicts no Boxing day joy

  1. He is the punditry equivalent of a brussel sprout, we are forced to ingest his opinions but no one knows why because all it results in is some ill smelling hot air @watchoutlawrosasprout !

  2. Well, I am no ‘punwit’, but simple algebra tells me that there are 19 EPL games left, with 57 points up for grabs..
    Somehow, we need to put together a run of games where we can get a combo of wins and draws, which would have the effect of taking us closer to the 9-10th position. The logic is straightforward, but there is also the important effect of team confidence as well.
    From the Moyes perspective, he surely must look to consolidating our style of play into a consistent, smooth, cohesive, ‘clever’ passing machine, maximizing the number of attacking opportunities from a stronger and faster midfield.

  3. The time for West Ham to be the team to beat to end a bad run stops on Boxing Day , why ?
    Because West Ham will go on a winning streak starting December 26th . Lawrenson has got his logic all wrong and out of whack . Same goes for Merson .

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