Friday, August 28, 2009

Blackburn Rovers vs. West Ham United: Expect A Physical Battle

West Ham travel to Ewood Park this Saturday to face Blackburn Rovers. Blackburn are pointless after the first three matches and will be tough to play against at home. The Hammers received a boost this morning when Zola managed to capture the signing of talented Alessandro Diamanti.

Hopefully, Diamanti will have a part to play in the match tomorrow afternoon. West Ham should be in for a highly physical afternoon as Sam Allardyce's side will try to address the gap in passing ability by roughing up the West Ham players.

Again, Scott Parker will be an important presence, acting as a minder for the younger West Ham midfielders. His experience and robust nature should be able to curb the physical Blackburn side, thereby allowing Mark Noble, Junior Stanislas and Jack Collison (or Kieron Dyer) to get into the game.

The Rovers defence will be understrengthed as Ryan Nelsen is possibly nursing an injury. The departed Steven Warnock has left a gap on the left side of defence. Mercenary Pascal Chimbonda is not as dependable as Warnock has been for Blackburn. Carlton Cole will look to add to his first goal of the season last weekend here at Ewood. It will be another physical test for Luis Jiminez, I hope he can cope and perform to the best of his capabilities.
It should be an afternoon where West Ham can put the nightmare of four horrific incidents behind them with a victory.

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