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Wembley beckons as storm clouds gather

Slaven-Bilic-Football365And so to Spurs at  a time in our history where it’s truly difficult to see a way forward!

We have heard nothing from the manager since the dreadful Friday night affair with the only question being asked: “When will he get the bullet.”

Doubtless he will give his thoughts later at the pre-match presser as he attempts to ride out a storm which shows no signs of relenting.

David Sullivan has allegedly rejected the opportunity of giving an interview on talkSPORT because he doesn’t reckon this is the right time so we head for Wembley with several of the darkest clouds imaginable hanging over the club.

Mind you it would be very West Ham for us to turn up, give a terrific performance and advance into the next round of the League Cup.

But what really matters is Saturday and Crystal Palace – both clubs in search of a clue at Premier League level.

Once again the official website is starting to crank into life with previews and player quotes about how big this match is and how much it means to everybody.

I can’t be bothered to report it because there’s only so many different ways of saying the things we have heard so many times before.

So instead let’s just look at the team Slaven Bilic may choose to put out tomorrow and if he has any hope of saving his job then he’d better try to be adventurous – no point in going down with a wimpy defensive performance.

I can’t second guess him anymore but I expect it may look like this: Adrian, Byram, Reid, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Noble, Edmilson, Arnautovic (sadly), Lanzini, Chicharito, Antonio.

However I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ayew in there somewhere… yeah and you guessed it I’m about as depressed as it gets.


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3 comments on “Wembley beckons as storm clouds gather

  1. This is the side I would like to see against Spurs. If the rumors are to be believed, then Spurs will rest a lot of players, but they have a very strong squad. If they did play a couple of kids this side has a decent chance to get something out of the game.
    Our priority is now Palace on Saturday, so we will also rest players. In the case of Obiang and Chek, good. They were a disgrace on Friday. I can’t see our first team raising their will to play enough to win this game, so play some kids.
    Byram, Fonte Reid, Cresswell
    Antonio or Holland. Noble, Rice. Lanzini,
    Chicharito, Martinez

  2. Spuds will not put a weak side out , if you believe that then that’s youre,belief !!
    Bilic will probably play noble, ayew and Carroll because he’s clueless !! We’ve not heard no sakho update ? Why ? The dressing room is gone and if it does go with the norm we will get trounced, spuds will not give us an easy ride because of the history and fan bragging rights !
    Plus they just trounced Liverpool with a couple of kids in the team add to that the pace at which they break and noble will get crucified lol especially on a big pitch like Wembley !!
    Of course I want us to win but to say I’m confident of anything west ham at present goes without saying ! None !!!What a sad state to be in lol!

    • I don’t know where you get this ‘ weak side ‘ bit from, but as I said he could play a couple of kids, but they have a very strong squad.
      I’m happy you proved me right, by saying they beat Liverpool even with a couple of their kids.
      I don’t expect us to win which is why we might as well put out a couple of kids of our own.
      As for Noble, Obiang and Kouyate got made to look like schoolboys by Brighton, so I would rather trust Noble and Rice together than the other two muppets.

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