Thank God we’re away.
Last week was a disaster but if there is an upside at least we are getting all the rubbish form out of the way early and I see no repeats of the Watforrd disaster at West Brom..
The Hammers are on their way to the west midlands for a very winnable game whilst the club and operators get to grips with the London Stadium issues and by the time Accrington Stanley and Southampton arrive next week things could be a whole lot different.
There’s been a lot of discussion about the team Slav will pick but my shout is that he shouldn’t and won’t change anything.
Ok, lots went wrong against Watford but he will do nobody’s confidence any good by dropping them after one bad game.
So for me everybody remains. The idea that we drop Adrian and James Collins simply isn’t on. You give experienced players the chance to sort things out.
They will be hurting, have a point to prove and are long enough in the tooth to have already forgotten about last weekend.
Albion are simply not a good team and with the new Chinese owners looking on at their first game I reckon there’s far more pressure on them than us.
If we keep it tight at the back – perhaps a big IF after last week – I can see us frustrating them and getting some real anxiety started in the dug-out and among the players and fans.
It won’t be a great game. I’m not expecting entertainment and exitement but I am expecting a win and nobody will care what sort of win.
I’m going for a 1-0 with the goal coming from a Dimi Payet set piece.
I see what Leroy’s on about but that was a shocking result against Watford – ok you could maybe put Adrian and Collins mix-ups (I’m being kind here!) down to early season rustiness or whatever – but what you can’t ignore was how the Midfield was overrun and overpowered – Capoue was made to look like a World-beater and Noble like a schoolboy.
Bilic has got to beef-up the Midfield!
Sorry, but a Draw all day for me against a terrible West Brom team – both Teams struggling for confidence and will be frightened of taking any risks – having said that my predictions lately have been pants!
I agree,; this is not the time to panic
However, Collins was desperately slow in the Watford game; if fit, Ogbonna must surely play!
Prediction from Sydney, Australia: WBA 1- WHU 3
Scorers; Antonio, Payet, and Kouyate
I agree in general with what Leroy says, except I’m surprised Ogbonna is not playing. He could boost the morale at the back. Did he upset Slav with his OTT worshiping of Chelsea under Conte?
The problem is in the defending as a team, which can only be sorted out on the training field. I’m sure they have worked on it all week, and will be ready to win at WBA.