West Ham were looking good at this time last year. They had just picked up their sixth win of the season, boosting that to nine at the halfway stage. Only three would follow from January until May however, leaving Sam Allardyce without a job
After initially starting the season strongly, the regular’s at Upton Park would’ve been hoping that Bilic could’ve at least kept West Ham in the top 4 until Christmas. Impressive away wins at Anfield, The Emirates, Selhurst Park and the Etihad, as well as a superb victory over Chelsea had them off to a flyer. But it hasn’t all been smooth for the Irons.
Lacklustre home performances against Leicester, Norwich and Bournemouth cost them valuable points, and their defence fell apart quicker than wet digestive, conceding ten goals in six home games so far, seven in their last three matches Not even the bottom three have been that bad! Just as things began to look up, they lost Enner Valencia and Dmitri Payet to injury, and were humiliated by Spurs last week. The ‘West Ham way’ is seemingly gone with them, as they are likely to have to rely on Andy Carroll up top, who at times moves like a giraffe on rollerskates
So if you’re in bad form, with injuries mounting up, the last team you want to be facing is a Tony Pulis managed side, hot off a big win. They were lucky last week, had it not been for Santi Cazorla doing his best John Terry in Moscow impersonation, they would not have come away victorious.
Typical of Pulis, they haven’t been demolishing teams this season so far. All of their victories so far have come by the odd goal. But since the opening day humbling in the Etihad, four of their five losses have been by one as well. They sit 12th, but have the third lowest goal tally in the BPL so far. An inconsistent Saido Berahino has only managed three, he had eight this time last year!
A response is badly needed by West Ham after the Spurs battering, especially with a trip to Old Trafford next week, before a visit from Stoke. Pulis will set up his side to not lose, it’s all down to Bilic to break down the Baggies rearguard. They should just squeeze past, and expect it to come from Manuel Lanzini (), who’s wondergoal last week provided a highlight for the travelling Hammers fans