Sunday, November 8, 2009

West Ham Can Win With The Right Tactical Formation 4-4-2

West Ham finally got their second win of the season with a last minute Zavon Hines' equaliser. It was a match that Villa lost rather than West Ham winning it. Nevertheless, the spirit and determination of Zola's men cannot be faulted and definitely this must spur the Hammers to climb up the Premiership table.

In truth, West Ham have not played significantly badly and if there was any case for being unlucky then the story of this season is West Ham. But now, the Hammers have had two draws and one win in the last three and playing very well. So what's changed?

Firstly, the return of Jack Collison. West Ham have missed the big man's dynamism and enthusiasm.

Secondly, Zola have been able to start Guillermo Franco in the last three matches. Franco have been unavailable until after Mexico qualified for South Africa...presumably a deal made between West Ham and Mexico. He has played a big part in the last two matches against Sunderland and Aston Villa, causing problems with his intelligent passing and movement.

And thirdly, the return from the Zola preferred 4-3-3 to the more conventional 4-4-2. Though this means, dropping Luis Jiminez and Alessandro Diamanti to the bench, the 4-4-2 has transformed West Ham. Everything about 4-4-2 is good, there is support for Cole in attack and four midfielders mean that there are extra bodies to help out in both defence and attack.

This weekend's home match pits an out-of-sorts Everton against the Hammers. Cole and Ilunga are fighting to be fit for this Sunday. Zavon Hines looked to be more than capable alongside Franco in attack. The midfield with Scott Parker leading it, should dominate the Everton midfield. Defence is still worrying, especially on setpieces which is why Manuel Da Costa's excellent leap and aerial ability should get him the nod over Tomkins. Finally, I like the look of the bench with Diamanti, Jiminez, Junior Stanislas, Robert Kovac and James Tomkins. There are creative options if we need an attacking spark and defensive alternatives if we need to defend a one goal advantage.

Lucas Neill makes a return to Upton Park in Everton blue. The Hammer fans should be as hostile to the man as possible. Let him feel the wrath of Upton Park.

Will the Hammers make these celebrity fans happy bunnies this Sunday?

I hope so...come on you Irons!! The boys can't possibly let the delectable Keira Knightley and Katy Perry down, can they?

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