West Ham United vs Sunderland – Match Preview

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Date: Saturday 14th December

Venue: Upton Park

Kick-Off: 15:00

Sunderland look to win on the road this season at the eighth time of asking as they travel to East London to face fellow strugglers West Ham. Only a win will be good enough for the Black Cats if they want to avoid being the team sat bottom of the Premier League on Christmas Day, a position that has inevitably ended in relegation all but once in 21 seasons.

The Hammers could slip into the bottom three should they come away with anything other than 3 points, proving this is a must win game for both sides going into the busy Christmas period.

Team News

Sam Allardyce faces a selection headache for Saturday’s clash. He will be without former Sunderland loanee Stewart Downing following his ankle injury picked up away at another one of his former clubs Liverpool. Andy Carroll
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Crystal Palace 1-0 West Ham: Chamakh Scores In Scrappy Win

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Marouane Chamakh showed former club West Ham what they were missing as the Moroccan gave Crystal Palace a scrappy and hard fought win over their London rivals.

Long ball tactics and head tennis made for a rather ugly beginning to this crunch London derby. Barry Bannan curled a cross-shot over and Jason Puncheon saw another Palace effort saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

West Ham then began passing and almost opened their hosts up with skipper Kevin Nolan touching a through-ball onto a narrowly offside Carlton Cole. Big Sam’s boys quickly took a stranglehold on possession.

A training ground free kick almost caught the home team out on half an hour, but Nolan failed to get proper contact when the ball was lofted in. Carlton Cole then got in behind the Eagles defence, but his low cross just eluded Stewart Downing.

Palace shocked the ascendant Hammers when they
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Crystal Palace vs West Ham: Team News, Preview & Likely Line-Ups

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Premier League basement club Crystal Palace entertain West Ham United for the first time in the top flight for over 15 years on Tuesday.

The last five meetings between these two London clubs have come in the Championship with Palace winning the 2004 playoff final. Tony Pulis knows as he prepares for his Eagles home debut that his side have only ever won three league games against the Hammers.

Sam Allardyce’s West Ham are one of a clutch of sides hovering three points above the relegation zone. Victory in this capital city derby will take his team up to 11th place for time being.

It would be a precious time for Palace to pick up their third win of the campaign and move off the bottom. Their form, however, gives fans little festive cheer. The Hammers meanwhile ended a winless run stretching five matches with victory over Fulham at the weekend.
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West Ham 3-0 Fulham: Carlton Cole Returns To Increase Pressure On Jol

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Carlton Cole scored on his return to the West Ham team as Sam Allardyce’s side picked up a priceless win over Fulham at Upton Park.

The striker scored from close range with 8 minutes to go to seal a 3-0 win, adding to Senegalese midfielder Mohamed Diame’s 20 yard deflected strike on 47 minutes and Joe Cole’s goal in the 88th minute.

West Ham started the match brightly with both Stewart Downing and Matt Jarvis whipping dangerous balls into the box minutes after kick-off.

Downing was causing Fulham all sorts of problems from out on the right winger, skipping past Kieran Richardson, forcing the left back to scythe him down and earn a yellow card.

From the resulting free kick West Ham struck the post, striker Modibo Maiga unluckily seeing his header denied by the woodwork.

More good work down the right came on 18 minutes earned West Ham a corner,
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West Ham vs Chelsea – Team News, Match Preview & Likely Line-Ups

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Date: Saturday, November 23 Venue: Upton Park Kick-Off: 17:30

Can Chelsea get their season back on track with victory over struggling West Ham?

Team News

West Ham will be without Winston Reid ahead of the visit of Chelsea, after the defender underwent ankle surgery.

Razvan Rat is a doubt after sustaining a hamstring injury while on international duty with Romania, but Joey O’Brien and James Collins are in contention.

This match will come too soon for Chelsea forward Fernando Torres, who is still recovering from an abductor muscle injury.

Ashley Cole will play despite sitting out England’s game against Chile with a rib injury. He returned against Germany in place of Leighton Baines.


Key Stats

This is the 100th meeting of the clubs in all competitions. Chelsea have won 44 times, West Ham 37 and there have been 18 draws.

West Ham are without a win in their
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Norwich Vs West Ham – Team News, Match Preview & Likely Line-Ups

Venue: Carrow Road Referee: Jonathan Moss Date: 9th of November

Norwich and West Ham are struggling of late. The former are certainly in worse form, and manager Chris Hughton knows he’s running out of time to turn the club around before the board will consider relieving him of his duties. He’s not been helped by the lack of goals from his two summer signings Gary Hooper and Rocky Van Wolfswinkel, and hopes the former can finally kick-start his Norwich career this weekend.

Big Sam also has goal troubles with West Ham. The side are greatly paying the price for over-relying on Andy Carroll, who’s been out all season, without having a viable replacement. As a result, the Hammers have often named a starting XI without a recognised striker, or with midfielder Kevin Nolan pushed higher up the pitch. It’s a game that doesn’t promise many
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West Ham vs Aston Villa – Team News, Match Preview & Likely Line-Ups

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Venue: Upton Park Referee: Howard Webb Date: Saturday 2nd of November

Team News;

For West Ham United; Matt Taylor, Alou Diarra, James Collins, Andy Carroll, Ricardo Vaz Te and Stephen Henderson are all confirmed absentees. Mladen Petric and James Tomkins are doubtful for the clash, so manager Sam Allardyce is hardly spoilt for choice with his squad.

The Villans are short of options at left-back, with Antonio Luna and Joe Bennett both ruled out of action, meaning centre-back Nathan Baker could deputise in their absence. Forward Gabriel Agbonlahor is also doubtful, meaning Lambert will most likely give the out-of-form Andi Weimann a start.

The home side find themselves in poor form of late, with just one win in their last eight games. The Hammers are in 15th place with 9 points from 9 games and are likely to once again be without a recognised striker. West Ham’s home
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West Ham 2-3 Everton – 5 Things We Learnt

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Those of us who travelled to Upton Park on Saturday went there more in hope than expectation. The two teams both had three clean sheets from their four Premier League games, and had only managed to score one goal between them in their last six games combined. A dour stalemate was expected, but fortunately for the neutral we were served a juicy slice of stereotypical English football.

The first half was a touch dour, with chances at a minimum, but left the spectator with a feeling that either team could still win. The second half was a blur of activity, goals, fouls, a red card, a penalty, two sumptuous free kicks and a toing and froing that saw one team take a hold, only for the other to suddenly ride a way of attacking impetus.

Here are five things we learned from a thrilling encounter…

5. Chelsea Should

West Ham 2-3 Everton: Lukaku Gets Debut Winner To Keep Toffees Unbeaten Run Going

Romelu Lukaku came off the bench to grab an 85th minute winner for Everton, extending their unbeaten start to the season. It was heartbreak for West Ham and Mark Noble at Upton Park, as the Irons captain scored from the spot to give his side the lead for the second time, only to get sent off soon after.

Leighton Baines scored two free kicks from near identical positions as the Toffees kept up their unbeaten record against the Hammers, with this result making it twelve consecutive games without defeat against their London opponents. Ravel Morrison’s deflected drive had given West Ham the lead.

The first significant chance had come after just five minutes when an Everton counter led to Jussi Jaaskelainen saving a Kevin Mirallas shot.

On 31 minutes, the ball went out to Matt Jarvis on the left. The England winger cut inside, ghosted past two men and laid the ball to Ravel Morrison.

Scotland vs Wales: Team News, Match Preview & Likely Line-Ups

Home Nations rivals Scotland and Wales will face-off tomorrow at Hampden Park, with both sides needing a win to keep any hope alive of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The two bottom sides in Group A met last October at the Millenium Stadium with Wales emerging victorious thanks to a Gareth Bale double. James Morrison had earlier scored for the Scots and Steven Fletcher had a goal disallowed but like much of Craig Levein’s tenure as Scotland manager luck was not on their side.

Chris Coleman also has not endured the best of times as a national team manager. However, he picked up his second win as Wales manager in February when Austria were beaten 2-1. This gives them some momentum going into this match. Scotland also have a new sense of optimism with former Celtic boss Gordon Strachan now at the helm and he will be

West Ham 2-3 Tottenham – Highlights & Match Report

On a night when the life of West Ham and England legend Bobby Moore was immaculately celebrated by all present, Upton Park was home to an exciting London derby that did the 1966 world cup winning captain proud.

West Ham made a lively start to the game and the first real test for either goalkeeper came in the 10th minute, when Matthew Jarvis cut inside and shot low to Hugo Lloris’ right, but the Frenchman was equal to it and held it well.

Almost immediately, Spurs countered quickly and Aaron Lennon came close to putting the Lilywhites one up.

But it was that man Gareth Bale, in the same attack, who found the net first, side-stepping James Collins and burying the ball in to the bottom left from 20 yards after 13 minutes.

Spurs started to take charge immediately after the goal, showing the greater purpose as West Ham looked wobbly, but were

West Ham vs Tottenham – Live On Sky Sports 1

Venue: Upton Park Date: Monday, February 25th Time: 8pm TV: Sky Sports 1 Team News

Spurs have no fresh injury worries on the back of their aggregate victory over Lyon in the Europa League, with only striker Jermain Defoe (who is due to return to training this week), Tom Huddlestone and long-term absentees Sandro and Younes Kaboul sidelined for the game tonight.

Hugo Lloris should return to the starting lineup after stepping aside for Brad Friedel in the Lyon game, while Lewis Holtby will be expected to retain his place after a strong showing in Lyon and having expressed his excitement about experiencing his first London derby.

James Collins (hamstring) and Joey O’Brien (thigh) have returned to training for West Ham and are in contention for a starting berth, while Andy Carroll is expected to start up front again.

Source – BBC Sport

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It will be an emotionally charged

West Ham vs Tottenham – Team News, Match Preview & Likely Line-Ups

Venue: Upton Park

Date: Monday 25th February

K/O: 20:00

Team News

West Ham United’s defensive duo of James Collins and Joey O’Brien should be fit enough to play some part with O’Brien likely to start on the bench for the Hammers. The Iron will definitely be without George McCartney, however, as he is still struggling with a hamstring injury.

Tottenham are likely to recall Hugo Lloris and Michael Dawson after they were rested for Thursdays late show in the Europa League but it is still too early for Jermain Defoe and his ankle injury will keep him out again. Sandro and Tom Huddlestone still remain sidelined for the long term with knee injuries.

Match Preview

This match falls as West Ham commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the death of England World Cup winning captain and Hammers immortal, Bobby Moore. This, along with the fact that West

Arsenal vs West Ham – Team News, Match Preview & Likely Line-Ups

Venue: Emirates Stadium Date: Wednesday, 23rd January K/o: 19:45 Team News

Arsenal will welcome back Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after the duo missed Sunday’s defeat to Chelsea through illness.

The Gunners will likely be without midfield duo Abou Diaby and Francis Coquelin, who are suffering from thigh and hamstring injuries respectively.

West Ham have no fresh injury concerns however loanee Marouane Chamakh is ineligible to face his parent club.

James Collins is again expected to miss out with a hamstring problem.

Match Preview

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted his concern over his side’s recent performances after suffering back-to-back defeats to Champions Manchester City and European Champions Chelsea in the last two Premier League games, conceding that his side just “do not win the big games”.

The Gunners have only won one game against a side that is currently above them in the table, which means

West Ham vs Qpr – Team News, Match Preview & Likely Line-Ups

Venue: Upton Park Date: Saturday, 19th January K/o: 15:00 Team News

West Ham could welcome back Joey O’Brien, and James Collins will have his hamstring assessed ahead of kick off.

Striker Andy Carroll and defender George McCartney (both knee) are still out as they fight their way back to match fitness, but Midfielder Mark Noble has shrugged off a calf problem.

Qpr could hand a debut to new striker and record signing Loic Remy, who joined the R’s this week for £8 million. Samba Diakite is at the Africa Cup of Nations and Esteban Granero is an injury concern, meaning Shaun Derry and Stephane M’Bia may continue in midfield.

Match Preview

Qpr might be rock bottom of the Premier League but things are really starting to look up for the basement side. They are unbeaten all month, and have followed up a remarkable 1-0 win over Chelsea

Man Utd Vs West Ham – Team News, Match Preview & Likely Line-Ups

Venue: Old Trafford Date: Wednesday, 16th January K/o: 20:05 GMT Team News

Manchester United welcome back Wayne Rooney and Nani for this third-round Fa Cup replay against West Ham.

Rooney is set to feature for the first time since damaging his knee in training on Christmas Day whilst Nani makes his long-awaited comeback from a hamstring injury that has ruled him out of his side’s last 15 games.

Fellow winger Ashley Young is a doubt with a knee injury.

West Ham are without James Collins (hamstring), which will provide manager Sam Allardyce with a selection headache with only James Tomkins, Guy Demel and Winston Reid remaining as his fit front-line defenders.

Ricardo Vaz-Te may play in an attacking role to support Carlton Cole.

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West Ham were minutes away from securing a shock 2-1 win at Upton Park eleven days ago. Tom Cleverley had put the visitors ahead

West Ham Vs Man Utd – Team News & Match Preview

Venue: Upton Park Date: Saturday, 5th Jan K/o: 17:15 Team News

West Ham welcome back captain Kevin Nolan from suspension for the visit of Premier League leaders Manchester United, whilst defender James Collins also returns.

Defender Joey O’Brien is a doubt (hamstring) whilst the Hammers are still without long-term absentees Andy Carroll and Mohamed Diame.

Manchester United will bring back central-defenders Nemanja Vidic and Phil Jones for this trip, but striker Wayne Rooney (knee) and winger Nani (hamstring) remain on the sidelines.

Match Preview

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men go into this third round Fa Cup tie with an imperious record over their rivals – they have won eight of the last nine previous encounters in the Premier League, but cup games are a different kettle of fish.

West Ham have form in knocking United out of the cup – they were 4-0 winners in the fifth round of the

West Ham vs Fulham – Live on Sky Sports

West Ham United take on Fulham in the early afternoon Premier League clash at Upon Park today. Kick-off time is at 12.45pm and the match will be screened live on Sky Sports in the UK.

England striker Andy Carroll is likely to make his Hammers debut after completing a season-long loan move from parent club Liverpool this week. The striker, who cost Liverpool a British record fee of £35 million back in January 2010, re-teams with his old Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce and good friend Kevin Nolan, hoping that his chemistry can once again provide a deadly partnership in the Premier League.

Missing for West Ham today will be left-back George McCartney (ankle) and midfielder Jack Collison (knee). Also facing late fitness tests and major doubts are central defenders James Collins (calf) and Winston Reid (knee).

Allarydce is likely to recall the likes of Jussi Jaaskelainen, Guy Demel, Mark Noble, Mohamed Diame
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Swansea vs West Ham – Live on Sky Sports

After a record 5-0 victory against Qpr on the first day of the season, can Swansea City maintain their high scoring escapades against visiting West Ham United on Saturday’s midday kick off?

Last season Swansea made a name for their style of play however goals were always lacking. A total of 44 goals scored all season was the fourth lowest in the league but with Michael Laudrup in charge things are about to change.

The unexpected goalfest at Loftus Road is a sign of things to come for Laudrup’s team. Striker Danny Graham failed to score in the five goal drubbing but has looked sharp in pre-season, new boy Michu has turned the heads of many with his two goals and Swansea’s pacey wingers are showing a keen eye for the back of the net too.

The Swans’ opposition for their first home game of the season is play-off promoted West Ham United.
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West Ham vs Aston Villa – Match Preview

West Ham United’s first match back in the Premier League sees them welcome Aston Villa to Upton Park this afternoon. Kick-off is at 3pm and the match won’t be televised live in the UK.

Here’s the team news ahead of today’s game;

The Hammers are missing Jack Collison with an aggravated knee injury that has seen him missing all of pre-season.

Former Villa defender and Wales international James Collins is fit to face his former club but manager Sam Allardyce has revealed that his new summer signings Aloud Diarra and Modibo Maiga won’t start today’s game.

Villa sumer signing Brett Holman has shaken off his knee injury and the midfielder is included in the squad for today’s game.

Other new faces include centre-half Ron Vlaar, right-back Matthew Lowton and midfielder Karim El Ahmadi who are all in contention to play today.

Striker Gabriel
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