Saturday, May 1, 2010

West Ham To Get Second Away Win At Craven Cottage?

West Ham look to build on a good result at Wigan last week with an equally good performance against Fulham. Roy Hodgson's team will be physically exhausted after a tough Europa League semifinal win over Hamburg.

A tight passing game maintaining possession will be a great strategy to wear down the Fulham players and allow West Ham to dictate the tempo of the game.

David Sullivan said that all except Parker has a price tag and therefore there is added incentive for the players to produce good performances in the last two matches before they are put in the shop window.

The excellent understanding between Ilan and Cole automatically makes them the preferred striking partnership for the last two Hammers matches.

The midfield four, based on their performances against Wigan, pick themselves but much more should be expected of Kovac, Behrami, Parker and Noble. The defence has been a source of worry all season, especially against set pieces. Da Costa however, looks a player that might become a legend in West Ham colours but there is still a lot of work to be done when it comes to defensive personnel.
Fulham v. West Ham is important to me and I will explain why. I have a point to prove this Sunday as I wrote this post questioning the quality of the Fulham squad while asserting that West Ham have the better players. Sunday's match will help me prove that my assessment of the Fulham squad is right after all.

At Upton Park early October last year, we drew with Fulham 2-2, the Hammers have a great unbeaten record at Craven Cottage in the last six visits. Unfortunately, this season has been so erratic that this record seems hollow. More interestingly though, a penalty has been scored in each of the last three matches between Fulham and West Ham. We have a wonderful scoring rate from penalties this season so this is a great stat to take note.

For what it's worth, I congratulate Fulham and Roy Hodgson for making it into the Europa League final. They are proudly flying the English flag and proving that the Premier League is not just about Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal.

Come On You Irons!

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