Hammers involved in ‘top’ and bottom of things


Hammers involved in ‘top’ and bottom of things

The Hammers are involved in the ‘top’ and bottom of things this weekend.

Bramall Lane braces for a Premier League battle for survival and Hammers European glory hopes tomorrow as Sheffield United, rooted at the bottom of the table, clash with David Moyes’ men.

Hammers involved in ‘top’ and bottom of things

The Blades, underĀ  Chris Wilder, have seen their hopes glimmer and dim like a spluttering bonfire since their November victory over Brentford. One meagre point from four league games has left them adrift in the relegation zone, eight points from safety.
Yet, a 4-0 FA Cup demolition of Gillingham offered a flicker of attacking prowess, with Osula and McAtee finding the net . Can they transfer that firepower to the league, where their goals have beenĀ  scarce.

West Ham, meanwhile, wear their European badge with pride, currently sixth in the league and unbeaten in four.

Moyes‘ defensive masterclass has seen clean sheets against giants like Arsenal and Manchester United, a fortress that Sheffield’s leaky backline (13 goals from crosses!) will desperately try to breach.

History whispers in the Hammers’ ear, with 11 consecutive Premier League wins against bottom-dwellers and a 2-0 shutout in their last clash with the Blades. But statistics are fickle mistresses, and the desperation of the hosts could unleash an unpredictable storm.

Will Wilder conjure a tactical thunderbolt to pierce West Ham’s armour? Or will Moyes’ defensive wall stand firm, cementing their European ambitions and burying the Blades deeper in the mire?

Buckle up for a Premier League clash where desperation collides with resilience, where hope hangs by a thread, and where every tackle will echo with the roar of survival and the clink of continental dreams.

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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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