Chris Sutton believes it is incredibly important that Sheffield United show an immediate response to the 0-8 hammering they took against Newcastle last weekend.
The Blades arrive at the London Stadium bottom of the table after the Irons were beaten in their last two games and looking for three more Premier League points.
The Blades are reported to have up to nine injury issues but that could of course be smoke and mirrors but manager Paul Heckingbottom will be looking for that response and that could make the game trickier for the Irons than many expect.
Discussing that situation first Sutton says he hopes the United boss gets time to sort things and that it is a shame he should be under pressure having got the club promotion
The way the Blades have started the season means Heckingbottom is under pressure and Sutton explains that after getting the club promotion he thinks that’s unfair but that unfortunately that’s the way it is.
He added: “I just hope he gets time to turn things around, but everyone will be watching this one to see if they go under again.
I don’t think that will happen, because the effort and the attitude will be there, but I am not sure they will have the confidence or the quality to go to London Stadium and get a positive result.
West Ham’s approach won’t change – we know how David Moyes likes to set his teams up – but the question is how long will the Blades hold out?
They did well last time they were in London, when they sat in against Tottenham, nicked a goal and were only beaten in stoppage time, but it will be hard for them if the Hammers score early.”
Sutton’s prediction: 2-0