Can West Ham Climb the Table with Another Win?
Last updated: December 16, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||The London Stadium|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
It would not be too unfair to say that Hull fans may have expected to be somewhere in the vicinity of the bottom end of the Premier League. For West Ham fans however – after finishing 7th last season and a big money move to a new stadium – it has come as quite a shock. The midweek victory against Burnley lifted the Hammers out of the drop zone, but the real question is whether they can stay out.
Slaven Bilić couldn’t have asked for a better fixture than this to extend their winning streak after their home win against Burnley on Wednesday. Hull sit 19th in the table and have the worst away form in the league. Bilić will be hoping he has seen the worst of an injury crisis that left West Ham struggling, though there are still a number of players out. Surprisingly for a team that hasn’t struggled for goals, the Hammers have taken each of their four wins by one goal to nil. With Andy Carroll back to match fitness, perhaps this will be the match that the Hammers enjoy a more flattering scoreline.
Hull too have mostly seen the back of their injury crisis, but a crisis of bad results has reared its head. Mbokani’s return should offer the Tigers more firepower in front of goal, though their away form has seen them struggle for goals. Robert Snodgrass already has five this season though, so Hull will be looking to him especially. The Tigers have just one clean sheet away from home all season, which came in week two of the season. A draw would be a decent result here and Hull may look to stifle West Ham by sticking tight to playmakers Payet and Lanzini. The other key battle will be how well the Hull defence can cope with the strength and aerial threat of Andy Carroll.
Andy Carroll made his first start last week and should lead the line once again. Darren Randolph should start again in goal after an impressive clean sheet against Burnley.
There are no new injury concerns for the Hammers but their injury woes haven’t quite cleared yet. Slaven Bilić will be relieved though that he can finally field what is likely his first choice eleven.
Hull are struggling for goals at the minute, with striker Abel Hernández out with a hernia. The forward is expected back around the end of the year.
The Tigers also have no fresh injuries to worry about, so Mike Phelan is expected to field the same line up as against Tottenham in midweek.
|West Ham(4-2-3-1):||Randolph, Kouyaté, Reid, Ogbonna, Antonio, Noble, Obiang, Cresswell, Lanzini, Payet, Carroll|
|Subs:||Nordtveit, Adrián, Ayew, Fletcher, Fernandes, Quina, Browne|
|Injured:||Byram, Oxford, Töre, Sakho, Zaza|
|Hull City (4-2-3-1):||Marshall, Maguire, Dawson, Davies, Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Clucas, Robertson, Diomande|
|Subs:||Meyler, Maloney, Jakupovic, Weir, Henriksen, Mason, Bowen|
|Injured:||Odubajo, Bruce, Hernández, Keane, Luer|
So far this season
|West Ham this season||Hull this season|
|3 (1)||(at home) Wins (away)||2 (1)|
|1-0 vs. Burnley||Biggest win||2-0 vs. Swansea|
|2 (2)||(at home) Draws (away)||2 (1)|
|1-5 vs. Arsenal||Biggest Defeat||1-6 vs. Bournemouth||Michail Antonio (7)||Top scorer||Robert Snodgrass (5)|
|Dimitri Payet (5)||Assist Leader||Robert Snodgrass (2)|
|Y36, R2||Discipline||Y23, R2|
|2||Failures to score||7|
|10||Both Teams to Score Games||8|
|8||Over 2.5 Games||8|
|8||Under 2.5 Games||8|
- West Ham recorded just their fourth win of the season at home to Burnley in midweek. Being blessed with another home match against fellow strugglers Hull should not be taken lightly by the Hammers, who will look to push on from last week’s win.
- Hull have really struggled since the opening two wins of the season. An impressive win against Southampton has been followed by three defeats and two draws. Improving on their one clean sheet of the season here will be tough.
- Interestingly, despite their poor results, the Hammers have failed to score just twice this term. Further confounding the issue is that each of their wins has been by just a single goal to nil. There’s a strong chance of another clean sheet here, which means just one goal could be enough.
- The Tiger’s away form has been particularly poor, with just a win and a draw. They’ve also conceeded three or more goals in half of their away games, including five against Liverpool and six against Bournemouth.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|18/01/2015||Premier League||West Ham 3 – 0 Hull||Carroll 49′|
|15/09/2014||Premier League||Hull 2 – 2 West Ham||Hernández 39′|
|26/03/2014||Premier League||West Ham 2 – 1 Hull||Noble 26′|
|28/09/2013||Premier League||Hull 1 – 0 West Ham||Brady 12′|
|10/08/2014||Championship||West Ham 2 – 1 Hull||Cole 36′|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
West Ham’s tough run of fixtures finally let up last week and they marked the occasion by earning victory against Burnley. This match against Hull is followed by a trip to Swansea, meaning the Hammers will have faced two of the bottom three in the last three weeks. These are key fixtures then and after their win last week, it’s hard to see West Ham not grabbing victory here, though the bookies forsee this too. We also fancy the Hammers to keep a clean sheet, so to get some value, we’ll be opting for West Ham to win to nil, which you can find at bet365 at 7/4.