Friday, November 24, 2006

West Ham vs Sheff Utd

All West Ham matches are becoming must win games but it is even more essential that West Ham pick up maximum points against other struggling teams. Alan Pardew reflected on this yesterday,

"The message from Eggert has been loud and clear about building a positive future for the club and we need to match that in terms of getting points on board now and moving up the league table. It's not going to be easy, as we have a tricky game in front of us against Neil Warnock and his Sheffield United side, who have been buoyed lately with some good results of their own."

The Blades currently lie only one point and two positions below West Ham. So far this season Sheffield Utd have not travelled well, picking up the one win at Newcastle and scoring only one goal away from home. West Ham on the other hand should be positive after winning in their last game at The Boleyn and the crowd will surely be in full voice to welcome the new owners.

Alan Pardew was full of praise for Tevez after his performance last weekend so it will be interesting to see if he gets another run out this week. Unfortunately for Tevez Pardew is likely to return to a 4-4-2 formation for this match and the manager may return to playing Harewood up front with Zamora, and Benayoun is likely to return to the right wing. Aside from that the team is likely to be as normal, the only other query being whether Bowyer can push out Mullins or Reo-Coker.

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