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Thread: West Ham (A) Build Up and Matchday Thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddingtonwolf View Post
    Fancies a bit of a shock.



    There is often a negative vibe at London Stadium so it is possible that an absence of fans will not hurt West Ham's chances as much as it might do to other sides.

    Clearly Wolves have had a much better season but the Hammers are not a bad team on their day, and are better than their position in the table suggests, so I am backing them to spring a bit of a surprise.

    Lawro's prediction: 1-0
    E&S have clearly read this and run with the same idea in their preview.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddingtonwolf View Post
    The only potential problem for Wolves this season was that Nuno Espirito Santo was playing the same team week-in, week-out, but after the break they have had, they will be strong again. That issue might come back around again with the number of games to be played in such a short space of time, but it will not be a factor right now..
    What issue? We have only had a period of consistent poor form for the first few weeks of the season (when Nuno was chopping and changing a fair bit), not sure what he is trying to say here?

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    Its the same old "Wolves have no depth" line I guess. The journos just don't seem to get it.

    Charlie Nicholas has gone for 1-1, while tipping us as his dark horse for the top four. If we want that, I think this is a game we have to be winning, personally.
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    Even the Man Utd fan mentions our small squad, even though it never affected us all season playing twice a week regularly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddingtonwolf View Post
    Its the same old "Wolves have no depth" line I guess. The journos just don't seem to get it.

    Charlie Nicholas has gone for 1-1, while tipping us as his dark horse for the top four. If we want that, I think this is a game we have to be winning, personally.
    I think to make the Top 4 we have to win the next 3 against teams in the bottom 5.

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    It's just daft though, we can name a 20 man squad tomorrow and none of them will be deadweight, how many first team players do people think we should have? I'll never understand the seeming need to have players earning tens of thousands of pounds a week sitting around doing nothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Towner View Post
    I think to make the Top 4 we have to win the next 3 against teams in the bottom 5.
    We just have to outscore Sheff Utd, Man Utd and Spurs.

    Our fixtures mean we have a good chance of that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddingtonwolf View Post
    Charlie Nicholas has gone for 1-1, while tipping us as his dark horse for the top four.
    Probably the crowning achievement of the Fosun era is converting Charlie Nicholas
    Why they will qualify: Nuno Espirito Santo is actually a tactical genius.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul View Post
    Probably the crowning achievement of the Fosun era is converting Charlie Nicholas
    Morgan did that by sacking McCarthy

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bear View Post
    We just have to outscore Sheff Utd, Man Utd and Spurs.

    Our fixtures mean we have a good chance of that.
    And Chelsea. Sure fifth may well be enough, but fourth is certainty
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    I was just on about getting into Europe, not specifically the CL.
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    Nicholas is talking about us to finish fourth.
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    Yeah I was just getting mixed up. Chelsea will be a tough one to crack.
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    To do it we must win the first three I reckon, and then probably Arsenal too. We must stay in range before the last two games. Ideally within 3 points by the time we play Palace and they go to Liverpool. That would keep us in the game going to Stamford Bridge on the final day. Plus United go to Leicester on the final day. The race for fourth could be pretty epic.
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    I think you'll see Liverpool and City playing their second 11s in the last few games

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    I don't see us getting particularly close, we'll still draw too many games.
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    Liverpool's last home game? With trophy lift? And Klopp wanting to beat the City record points total? I don't think Klopp is going to be weakening his side particularly.
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    You're assuming Liverpool will carry on where they left off,they could,but equally could not,myself I'd love them to collapse and throw it away
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    That would make Devon Loch look like a small blip.
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    Infogol, using xG, has us with a 55% chance of winning
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keef View Post
    You're assuming Liverpool will carry on where they left off,they could,but equally could not,myself I'd love them to collapse and throw it away
    They don't need that many points & however much they fuck up they will get those.

    Suspect that we will make the Europa's, but not have enough to get into the CL (even if Man City are banned).
    This year we will mainly be conquering Europe

    (paused for the moment, but hopefully to be continued)

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    I don't think we will get Champions League or be particularly close to it. I am hoping we do enough to get Europa again and would be happy with that, love having the mid week games to look forward to.

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    Doing this on the assumption Leicester have enough of a lead to stay in 3rd. I'll chuck in home and away even though evidently it's nowhere near as important without the fans.

    Chelsea - 48 points
    Villa (A)
    Man City (H)
    West Ham (A)
    Watford (H)
    Palace (A)
    Sheff Utd (A)
    Norwich (H)
    Liverpool (A)
    Wolves (H)

    Man Utd - 45 points
    Spurs (A)
    Sheff Utd (H)
    Brighton (A)
    Bournemouth (H)
    Villa (A)
    Southampton (H)
    Palace (A)
    West Ham (H)
    Leicester (A)

    Sheff Utd - 44 points
    Newcastle (A)
    Man Utd (A)
    Spurs (H)
    Burnley (A)
    Wolves (H)
    Chelsea (H)
    Leicester (A)
    Everton (H)
    Southampton (A)

    Wolves - 43 points
    West Ham (A)
    Bournemouth (H)
    Villa (A)
    Arsenal (H)
    Sheff Utd (A)
    Everton (H)
    Burnley (A)
    Palace (H)
    Chelsea (A)

    Spurs - 41 points
    Man Utd (H)
    Sheff Utd (A)
    Everton (H)
    Bournemouth (A)
    Arsenal (H)
    Newcastle (A)
    Leicester (H)
    Palace (A)

    Chelsea, Man Utd and Sheff Utd all have cup games to fit in as well.

    Looking at that, I can't see Spurs winning all their remaining games, so I think they're safely out of top 4 talk. They can maybe press for Europe but they have a lot of ground to make up, too much I think.

    Sheff Utd have a very tough run-in. Given what they've already done I'm refusing to write them off, but I can't see them winning a bunch of those. Draws maybe, which might be helpful for us if they take points off the others around us...but obviously we'd still need to take advantage.

    Hard to know what will happen with Chelsea, they've shown the ability to be great or awful. I do think they'll drop some points, but equally they have a head start.

    Man Utd I think will probably finish above us, their schedule's a little easier than ours overall. But we'll run them close.

    For 4th/5th I think we probably need at least 6 wins. It's doable but we absolutely can't keep conceding first and relying on comebacks. And really you would think we need to win the first 3 at a minimum - I'm not huge on momentum in sport in general but it would surely give the players a big confidence boost for the run-in.

    I think we'll be 6th at the end of it. Depending on what happens with City that might be enough for the top Europa spot - it probably will be worth a Europa spot regardless depending on who wins the FA Cup.

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    I agree that Spurs won't win all their games, but they have certainly benefited from the break now that they have actual strikers fit and ready.

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    Agreed, but they were looking a bit of a shambles defensively, which is odd for a Jose team. I think he has a problem with midfield in that he hasn't got sufficient defensive cover for how he wants to play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bion View Post
    Agreed, but they were looking a bit of a shambles defensively, which is odd for a Jose team. I think he has a problem with midfield in that he hasn't got sufficient defensive cover for how he wants to play.
    Got a problem with Kane as well, who looked bloody hopeless last night - and a long way off fit
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norman Deeley View Post
    Got a problem with Kane as well, who looked bloody hopeless last night - and a long way off fit
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    I've got that opening day of the season buzz/butterflies feeling all over again. It's bloody great. I am nervous about how things will pan out, we haven't been particularly fast starters either in games or at the beginning of a season so I'd be happy to get a point today.
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    A point wouldn't be the end of the world but the other results have fallen nicely and we really need to be looking at 3 points here. Were 9 places and 16 points ahead of them, we've played them 3 times during this season and last and beat them all 3 times, scored 6 conceded 0. We are a better team than them with better players, as long as we are fully prepared we should get 3 points today.

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