Well it’s here, the return of the only man capable of keeping West Ham in the Premier League, according to some people in the media, be careful what you wish for, every pundit told us. Well excuse me for wishing for my team to compete in every game. That for me and many others is a bare minimum of what to expect. Do you here me Sam…. That’s enough about you for now.
Last week we managed to beat Blackburn 5-1 and advance to the Quarter Finals of the cup where we face Manchester United. I predicted a couple of weeks ago that we were due to smash a few past someone soon. But I don’t think last week was it. This is the weekend, in front of our home fans and of course against our former manager.
Let’s hope we can keep the momentum of last week going as our league form needs a welcome boost after our 2-2 draw against Norwich City. Sunderland are actually on a similar run of form than us in the league. Winning 2 drawing 2 and losing 2 of their last 6 games including beating Manchester United last time out. Fortunately for us they have only won twice in their 15 away games.
Team news for West Ham is good this week, as it seems Slaven Bilic is going to have a bit of a selection headache. The return of Andy Carroll gives him a further option upfront with Emmanuel Emineke. Kouyate is available after having his red card rescinded while Manuel Lanzini should also be pushing for a place in the team.
Enner Valencia, James Tomkins and Joey O’Brien are still sidelined, but some good news is that Diafra Sakho is back in training with the squad.
Sunderland have Younes Kaboul, Billy Jones and Sebastian Larsson back in their squad while Jeremain Lens and Duncan Watmore are both out.
Playing Sunderland at home is something of a good omen for us, we have won 7 and lost only 1 of our last 10 home games against them I for one am looking forward to another victory tomorrow.
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Predicted line ups are
West Ham United : Adrian, Byram, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Obiang, Kouyate, Payet, Antonio, Emineke.
Sunderland : Mannone, Yedlin, Kone, O’Shea, Van Aarnholdt, Rodwell, N’Doye, M’Vila, Cattamole, Kharzri, Defoe.
I’m not very Anti Sam like a lot of others are, I think he did a good job for us in the whole but I hated the way he decided that some games were more important than others. I also found it hard to watch a lot of the games due to the style we played. The cupping of the ear after the Hull City game was where he lost me.
But he did get us promoted, and kept us in the premier league. But to suggest that he was the only person who could achieve this was ludicrous. Slav is the man now and I’m extremely happy that he is, for reasons I’ll keep for another day.
I fully expect us to win comfortably tomorrow, I’m going for a 4-1 win, with Defoe scoring as he always seems to do.