Friday, February 18, 2011

McCarthy and Hitz to Play Against Burnley

There seems to be a lot of speculation that Benni McCarthy may be given a start against Burnley. McCarthy was left out of West Ham's Premier League squad but is available for the FA Cup.

Personally I can't see it. You would think that Grant would use the match to try and develop the partnership with Cole and Demba Ba up front. Thomas Hitzlsperger played 72 minutes for the reserves this week, so expect to see the midfielder in action for some of this game.

Lawro is predicting a 2-1 West Ham win and says Grant is likely to pick a strong side for the game.


At 2:07 PM, Anonymous Paul said...

It would be great to see Hitz in the first team, and agree it's looks likely after his appearance for the reserves. It's good timing, hopefully he can use the cup game to get up to speed and prepare for the league.

I certainly hope the McCarthy speculation comes to nothing. With one of our two new strikers available and young players like Hines wanting games I would hope that there's no need to play McCarthy, unless Grant is that desperate to rest players and avoid injuries to the first team.

I'm looking forward to it, especially if Hitz is playing. Even with a slightly weakened team we should be confident of a win.

At 2:47 AM, Anonymous USA Dave said...

I have to disagree here. There is no reason to risk anybody against Burnley. Absolutely play McCarthy. Do nothing to risk Ba's knee. Hitz? First half AT MOST.

Probably doesn't matter anyway.

At 2:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

play zavon hines and cole- don t risk piquionne or ba,especially with keane still out


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