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Hammers eyeing a vault up the table

West Ham can lift themselves to fourteenth position if they can overcome Aston Villa at the London Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

With Everton beating Brentford at Goodison Park this afternoon and Bournemouth snatching a 1-0 win over Liverpool, the Hammers have now slipped into the bottom three in 18th place.

Leicester City however, were beaten by Chelsea 2-1 whilst Nottingham Forest lost at Spurs 3-0 which, despite the slide, gives the Irons a big chance of escaping the relegation spots.

It would seem given the team Moyes played in Cyprus on Thursday we may well see a familiar line up tomorrow.

Areola is likely to remain in front of a back four made up of Johnson, Aguerd, Zouma and Emerson with Declan and Tomas Soucek in from of them.

Jarrod Bowen looks certain to return and Benrahma with possibly Paqueta – who is reported to be carrying a small injury – and Ings playing in the one up striker role.


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2 comments on “Hammers eyeing a vault up the table

  1. one upfront says it all really…how Soucek if he plays makes the team is beyond me put Downes in if caution which is Moyes way in every game…..Ings will be out to prove Villa wrong today so ffs Moyes we are at home its not against a top six side so take the bloody handbrake off will you…..he wont he cant help himself and remember the poor dears had to fly to Cyprus and back it was hot now it is cold blah blah…Look at Bournemouth Look at Everton even Leeds all playing sides going for Europe all at home none of them lost because they showed a fighting spirit while all we do is show fear.

  2. This is a general comment in response to the events of the past week.

    I have no doubt that everyone that writes for or posts comments on C & H and most of those that visit the site, loves our club. Reasoned debate and differences of opinion will always have their place but I don’t think now is the time for in-fighting and the blame game. There needs to be a unity of purpose on the pitch, the training ground and in the stands for us to get out of this mess. If we get relegated, no measure of success in the Euro Conference will be anything other than a footnote to a disastrous season. Here’s a few reasons to be even more worried than this time last week …

    1. Michail Antonio is quoted on C & H earlier in the week that our squad is ‘too good to go down’. Kurt Zouma is quoted on the club site that ‘we don’t deserve to be in the position we are in’ … Errrr, sound the alarm bells …, self-confidence is one thing, but player complacency is nothing but a RECIPE FOR CERTAIN RELEGATION!

    2. We are in a dog-fight which will go down to the last day of the season. All 9 teams from Palace down are much the same – all are consistently inconsistent and there’s no team that’s been detached at the bottom. And some of the others look to have more fight in them than we do.

    3. The ‘big clubs’ are not pulling their weight and keep losing to our relegation rivals. Thanks, ‘big six’ …

    4. Our best right-back Coufal has plantar fasciitis. We may not see him back all season.

    Plus, all the other season-long reasons:
    – injuries and illness at centre-half
    – injuries and illness up top
    – too many older players reaching their ‘best before’ date all at the same time
    – too many others losing form all at the same time
    – Paqueta not being Payet
    – left-back
    – bad luck etc etc etc etc.
    – and our kits are rubbish. Who could possibly play well in them …?

    Still, mustn’t grumble. We might beat Villa today! Got to be optimistic … we are West Ham fans, after all. Keep the faith. COYI

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