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Hammers have big chance to leap up PL

Jose-Fonte-640758West Ham’s League position may become slightly more realistic following the match against Brighton and Hove Albion on Friday night.

For the game means that we will go all square with every other Premier League team in terms of home games played and until the weekend  at least we may get a better idea of where it puts us in the pecking order.

Because of our unfortunate away day start to the season we have played just three games at the LS with all other clubs playing four on their home ground.

A win over the south coast team would lift us into 10th place and it’s a game which Jose Fonte has declared we must win.

Speaking to the official site he said: “We must move on and now we have to beat Brighton at home.”

Slaven Bilic looks certain to name another highly attacking team as was the case in the last to home games and the much desired Chicharito/Diafra Saho pairing is more likely than at any stage this season.

Fonte said: “We have great attacking players going forward, but we also know that in this division we have to do the job defensively as well. As long as we do that we will be okay.

The defender also gave his praise for goal-scorer Antonio, who netted his first finish of the season in the draw with the Clarets.

“We all know what Michail offers. He’s a powerful boy and he gives us a dimension of energy and physicality. I’m not surprised he scored. He creates problems for defenders. It’s good to have him in the team.”



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5 comments on “Hammers have big chance to leap up PL

  1. Well we should already be two points better than we are, I hope we play to our potential Friday night, Brighton are an organised side with some decent players and a good manager but at home we should be looking to win by more than one goal. All things being equaly my squad would be Hart, Masuaku, Reid, Fonte, Zab, Arnie, Obiang, Lanzini, Antonio, Sakho and Hernandez.

    I am not sure what Slav’s would be but I would guess the same starting 11 as last week with Sakho swapped for Carroll. Which I also wouldn’t mind.

    • Yeah, that’s pretty much our strongest team 32 (although you could argue Cresswell over Mas, but I wouldn’t).
      Pound to a piece of sh!t he picks Ayew over Sackho though!

  2. I’m hoping he drops Arnie and uses him more as an impact sub. He hasn’t shown us anything yet that warrants him being in the starting line up??

  3. No 32 , you mention the 2 points we ‘should’ be better off.
    I wonder which points?
    2 dropped on Saturday or the combination of dropped points at Southampton by diabolical refereeing, Spuds poor understanding/interpretation of offside by oficials or have I missed any others…..?

  4. Agree I’d rather see Arthur on the Wing or Lanzini then Mas at LB.
    Think the will still be without Hemed but Gross March Knockhart and Propper are solid not toention dunk & Duffy.
    Should def get 3 points from this game and hope to see Sahko and Lil Pea leading the line and hopefully Toni on the bench!

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