West Ham v Hull City – Match Preview
Author: Brian Knox. Published: 17 December 2016 at 11:53am
Written by Deportivo Hammer
Well those 3 points as hard as they were to get were very welcome. I only managed to see the last 10 mins of the game and felt a huge wave of relief when the final whistle blew. we have climbed up the table to 15th place and hopefully everything will be fine. Well not really, we have been in this situation before. After the Palace and Sunderland games we thought we had turned the corner, the plan now is to start putting in consistent performances week in week out. Then the results will come.
Our opponents this afternoon are Hull City who after an impressive start, have since found their return to the Premier League very difficult. Their current form almost as bad as ours in the fact they have 1 just once in the last 6 games the difference being our win was midweek while theirs was 6 games ago. They also have also had a couple of draws. Hopefully they will be focusing on their League cup campaign rather than today.
Beating Burnley was the first of 3 must win games according to a lot of people, with Slaven Bilic under pressure to keep us as far away from the drop zone as possible with struggling Swansea after this game he has the perfect opportunity to get the points on the board. Winning will see us jump up to 13th in the League and hopefully by Christmas all thoughts of relegation will be firmly behind us.
Andy Carroll starting last time out is obviously a big boost to our chances, Lets hope he manages to stay fit for as long as possible as during February we will need every player available with potentially 4 players leaving for the African Cup of Nations. Dieumerci Mbokani returns for Hull after suspension. Good news for Mike Phelan is that they don´t really have any fresh injury concerns for today´s game.
The usual suspects are missing for Slaven Bilic. Gokhan Tore has probably played his last game for West Ham due to a knee injury which will see him miss the rest of the season. Sam Byram, Diafra Sakho and Zaza are all injured as well. But there is some good news in that Young talent Reece Oxford has signed his contract at West Ham at long last. Hopefully we will be seeing a lot more of him in a West Ham shirt when he returns from injury.
Predicted Line ups :
West Ham United : Randolph, Kouyate, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Antonio, Obiang, Noble, Lanzini, Payet, Carroll
Hull City : Marshall, Davies, Dawson, Maguire, Robertson, Clucas, Huddlestone, Livermore, Elmohamady, Mbokani, Snodgrass.
Very tempting to think we are only playing Hull, change the formation and put another striker up top with Carroll. I would love to see this happen but I think Slav will play it safe for the 1st half at least getting a feel for the game before going one way or the other. On paper i can only see a Hammers win but unfortunately football is rarely played on paper. I think Hull are out of confidence and our midweek win will see us through this game comfortably. I predict 3-0 to West Ham which will make a welcome change to our 1-0 wins. Carroll, Payet and Antonio to get our goals.