Fan Preview vs West Ham

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If any team would want to knock us off our lofty perch atop the Embryonic Table, as the Premier League has officially been renamed since Wednesday night, it’s West Ham. And guess who we’re playing on Sunday? Yes, it’s Hammertime. Upton Park on a Sunday lunchtime, who’d rather be anywhere else? Well no Spurs fan is the answer if another performance like Wednesday night is in the offing. I can’t imagine though there’s any chance that we’ll get the room we were allowed on the break at Hull where for the majority of the game the home side’s midfield weren’t so much paper Tigers as invisible ones.

West Ham under Zola and Steve Clarke are nothing if not organised and they’ll be well aware that stifling the space around Keane, Lennon and Modric is vital if they want to attempt to stop our creative threat. Noble, Parker and Collison are all capable of putting in a good shift and will make it much harder for us than Boateng, Mendy etc did other night. Up front Carlton Cole will be a nuisance and will presumably target Bassong given the latter’s uncertainty at times against Caleb Folan. Keiron Dyer is rumoured to be vertical and moving without the assistance of crutches for once so they might have a bit of pace up front too.

If things fit the usual pattern then Ledley will return to the middle of the defence with Hutton probably dropping to the bench and Corluka moving back over to his normal position on the right. It’s pretty hard to imagine Defoe not getting the nod so I think Crouch and Pav might have to wait until the Keepmoat stadium next week before they get their first proper chance to shake off the cobwebs and get their seasons going. Cudicini will begin in goal due to Gomes knacked groin.

So we’ve started the campaign in as good a style as anyone could’ve dreamed of but before any chickens get counted it’s worth remembering that last season Liverpool lost to Boro’ and they got relegated and Wigan won 5-0 at Hull and they finished 11th. (Wilson Palacios was in the Wigan side that day, he must love playing at the KC.) We’ve a good recent record against West Ham, Lasagnagate is their only win over us since their return to the Embryonic Table in 2005. They are though not a bad side and if they get on top early on then crowd will get behind them etc etc. There’s no reason why that should happen though if we start patiently and if we do that and make chances for home crowd favourite Defoe then we’ve every chance of keeping the winning run going.

By MF

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  1. They would just love to beat us. I hope our boys haven’t got carried away because 9 points from 3 matches would be absolutely sensational. COYS

  2. Your right the spammers would love to beat us more than any other team. With a win at Wolves they must think they are invincible but I expect we can shock them and come away with 3 points. It will be a close game but I am confident we can get a draw at least.

    COYS

  3. i dont get y every one is saying west ham r happy???? WOW-they beat a newly promoted team!
    look at the quality of our squad-and tell me we can lose.an easy win for the yiddos!and once again,lawro-who predicted a draw(what a suprise)
    will be embarrassed once again.
    COYS!

  4. Great to know that Mark Lawrenson predicted a draw. As he’s 80% wrong last season regarding Spurs & 0 for 2 already this season,my confidence just shot up.

  5. would like to see harry start defoe with crouch or pav and maybe have keano come off the bench early 2nd half. think will be more physical than our other matches, another solid display from palacios would be welcome.. hope king can play, also corlula at right back, and maybe a few more mins from bentley who i think has a point to prove. Although its early season, i get the impression harry really don’t rate gio dos santos who i really had big hopes for and woulda liked to see at least on the bench. Trust in happy harry tho, common u yids lets smash the irons keep pinging them in defoe

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