Norwich vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

Following a dismal run of five straight defeats, Norwich City will be desperate to begin turning things around with victory over a West Ham United side that has qualification for Europe in their sights. With the exception of a couple of promising moments where striker Dieumerci Mbokani looked mildly threatening, the Canaries were very poor once again last time out as they lost worryingly comfortably to bottom club Aston Villa, a result that also saw them slip into the bottom three. Therefore, this has now turned into a must-win game…

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Southampton vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

Southampton will be looking to continue their strong run with a victory and a fifth consecutive clean sheet, but it will be far from straightforward up against another in-form side in West Ham United. The defensive improvement from the Saints of late has coincided with the return of Fraser Forster in goal following a long-term injury, and his worth to the club was very much in evidence last time out at Arsenal, where a string of terrific saves kept out a second half onslaught from their opponents and preserved a point…

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West Ham vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Aston Villa will be intent on making it four Premier League games unbeaten and close the 10 point gap to the safety line when they head to the capital to face West Ham United. The home side have, for the most part, been back to their best since the turn of the year and they came close to pulling off a terrific league double over title hopefuls Manchester City. Once again, Dimitri Payet was at the centre of all the good things they produced and walked away with most of the plaudits,…

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West Ham vs Man City – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester City will be aiming to stretch their unbeaten run in the Premier League to six matches as they face a tricky trip to sixth-placed West Ham United in Saturday’s late kick-off. For a side that had won its last four games in succession, West Ham made a very poor start last weekend away to struggling Newcastle United, conceding two goals in the first quarter of an hour which would eventually condemn them to a deserved defeat. They failed to impose themselves at all in the opening half, and unlike…

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Newcastle vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

Resurgent West Ham United will be after their fourth consecutive win in all competitions when they travel to the North East to take on Newcastle United, whose losing streak came to an end last time out. Although it was not enough to lift them out of the bottom three, the epic 3-3 draw at home to Manchester United on Tuesday provided plenty of cause for optimism for everybody at Newcastle. They showed determination, character and fighting spirit to come back from a two-goal deficit instigated by a harsh penalty award, and…

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Bournemouth vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

West Ham United will be hoping to continue their recent resurgence with a third successive win as they head to Bournemouth, who have lost just one of their last eight Premier League matches. The hosts showed real determination to cling on to a point in their last league outing at Leicester City after having Simon Francis sent off for a foul which led to a disputed penalty kick, which was well saved by Artur Boruc. The Pole’s goal did occasionally lead a charmed life at the King Power Stadium, but at the same…

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West Ham vs Liverpool – Premier League preview and team news

The first Premier League action of 2016 is a meeting between two sides locked together on 29 points at the halfway stage, with West Ham United aiming to leapfrog a Liverpool side which is going for a third straight win. For the home side, all the signs at half-time in their last outing against Southampton were that their lengthy wait for a victory would continue, as they had been a distant second best and looked unlikely to make much headway due to the absence of several key players. But they…

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West Ham vs Southampton – Premier League preview and team news

Southampton will be aiming to follow on from their amazing Boxing Day success over Arsenal as they take on another London club in West Ham United, who have drawn each of their last five matches. Mainly as a consequence of injuries to several key players, the home side have lost a lot of the dynamism and flair that characterised their performances in the early weeks of the season, and so they now occupy a place in mid-table having not won in two months. A lot of the optimism which built…

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Aston Villa vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

To give themselves any realistic chance of mounting a bid for survival in the second half of the season, bottom club Aston Villa must take a reasonable haul of points from the next three games, beginning with a home clash against West Ham United on Boxing Day. This meeting with the out-of-form Londoners precedes trips to fellow strugglers Norwich City and Sunderland, so Remi Garde badly needs to end his wait for a first win in charge sooner rather than later if the club is to avoid being cast even…

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Swansea vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

As they continue their search for a new manager, Swansea City will hoping to pick up only their second win since August as they take on a West Ham United who themselves have struggled for positive results of late. Chairman Huw Jenkins clearly did not have anybody lined up to take charge of Swansea when he dispensed of the services of Garry Monk, as he has spent most of the last week in South America approaching current front-runner Walter Bielsa, so time will tell if he made the right decision. The club…

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West Ham vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

Stoke City will be looking to carry on from where they left off last weekend when they head to West Ham United, who have not won in their last five Premier League matches. The home side put in their strongest performance for some weeks in their most recent outing at Manchester United, coming close to winning it after creating the better chances, but eventually having to settle to what was still a highly commendable goalless draw. With Diafra Sakho out, Andy Carroll played as the lone striker and put himself…

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Man Utd vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester United will be hoping to continue their unbeaten home record this season as they take on West Ham United, who have not won in four Premier League outings. As expected, the Red Devils had the majority of the possession in their last match away to fellow high-flyers Leicester City, but were again uninspiring and rarely looked like creating anything meaningful from open play. After having fallen behind as a result of being caught on the break, they relied almost solely on set-pieces to provide the route to goal, and it came as…

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West Ham vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

West Ham United will be aiming to pick up their first win in four Premier League matches when host a West Bromwich Albion side which will still be buzzing after their win over title hopefuls Arsenal last time out. Manager Slaven Bilic will have been reasonably happy with the first 20 minutes of West Ham’s last game at London rivals Tottenham, but from the moment they fell behind his tactics began to unravel. Playing as the lone striker, Andy Carroll struggled and did not look fully match-fit, while the talents…

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Tottenham vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

A fierce local rivalry is renewed on Sunday afternoon as Tottenham look to continue their fine form with victory over a West Ham United side who are hoping to get back to winning ways on the road. For Spurs, this match comes after a meeting with their biggest rivals of all, and that they came away from Arsenal disappointed to have taken just a point is testament to the way they have been performing of late, with their run without a defeat in the Premier League now standing at an…

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West Ham vs Everton – Premier League preview and team news

Everton will be hoping to close to within one point of sixth-placed West Ham United by taking all three points when the two sides meet in the Premier League on Saturday. Meanwhile, the hosts will be keen to bounce back from their below-par performance at Watford last weekend which saw their unbeaten away record come to an end., as they suffered their first defeat in the league since August. Manager Slaven Bilic admitted that his team were outplayed in all departments as they slipped three places in the table, and the afternoon was made…

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Watford vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

High-flying West Ham United will be aiming to pick up their sixth win in eight Premier League matches when they travel to Watford, who will be determined to avoid a third consecutive home defeat. After a three game run which yielded just one point and one goal, Watford upset the form book last weekend at Stoke City by claiming a richly deserved victory, taking advantage of some poor defending to move further clear of the bottom three. Out of the three newly promoted teams, it is the Hornets – contrary…

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West Ham vs Chelsea – Premier League preview and team news

West Ham United have already ruffled a number of feathers in their first nine games of this Premier League season, and will now set their sights on overcoming defending champions Chelsea at Upton Park. It was another fabulous result for the Hammers last time out as they enhanced their fine away record further with victory at the home of one more of their London rivals, with fellow high-flyers Crystal Palace seen off. After an opener from Carl Jenkinson was cancelled out by a penalty, the game changed on a sending…

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Crystal Palace vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

Two London clubs who have been responsible for some surprising results so far in this Premier League season clash at Selhurst Park, as fourth-placed Crystal Palace take on a West Ham United side that lies a point and two places behind. The home side are targeting their third consecutive victory after edging past Watford and overcoming the stubborn resistence of a dreadfully dour West Bromwich Albion rearguard action, with their only defeats so far coming narrowly against sides who finished in the top five last term. Palace are a threat…

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Sunderland vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

West Ham United will be aiming to make it four wins out of four away from home when they travel to Wearside on Saturday to face beleaguered Sunderland, who lie miserably at the bottom of the table. The hosts did at least put in a great deal from their visit to Manchester United last weekend, but could not come close to matching the quality of opponents who moved to the top of the Premier League with a 3-0 success which did not even require them to reach top gear. The situation…

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West Ham vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

West Ham United will be looking to make it three Premier League wins in succession when they host a Norwich City side that has only lost once on the road in the entire calendar year thus far. Widely written off before each of their three away games this season, West Ham have been able to leave most football observers dumbstruck after taking a maximum nine points from trips to Arsenal, Liverpool, and most recently leaders Manchester City. Last weekend’s success at the Etihad Stadium was far and away the most impressive,…

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Man City vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

Top of the league with maximum points from five games, Manchester City will be aiming to recover from their midweek European setback with a win over West Ham United in Saturday’s late kick-off. There was a noticeable difference between City’s display against Juventus on Tuesday evening and the ones which have seen them imperiously to the top of the Premier League. They lacked flair and inventiveness for the most part as their attacking quartet all struggled to get into their game. Samir Nasri was particularly anonymous, while Wilfried Bony found…

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West Ham vs Newcastle – Premier League preview and team news

West Ham United will be determined to improve on their poor start to the season at home by overcoming a Newcastle United side that is still waiting for its first Premier League success under Head Coach Steve McClaren. The Londoners have gone from one extreme to the other and back again in their four outings so far, defending resolutely on the road to come away with famous victories at Arsenal and Liverpool, but in losing both at Upton Park to Leicester City and Bournemouth they have been guilty of sloppiness…

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Liverpool vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

Liverpool will be aiming to continue their positive opening to the campaign as they welcome West Ham United to Anfield, with the Londoners coming into it following two disappointing home defeats. The hosts are a side that have been universally criticised for their defending during Brendan Rodgers’ tenure, but they have begun with three consecutive clean sheets and appear to have found a settled backline. Joe Gomez has showed few signs of youthful naivety in slotting in at left-back; Nathaniel Clyne has already gone some way to proving his value…

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Newcastle vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

Newcastle United need a victory over mid-table West Ham United if they are to avoid slipping into the Championship after five years back in the top-flight. If they do not achieve that, they must rely on third-from-bottom Hull City to fail to win their game, on what promises to be a nervy final day on Tyneside. It should never have come to this, with the club in a seemingly comfortable mid-table position just weeks ago, but a run of just one point from 30 has them in real danger. The…

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West Ham vs Everton – Premier League preview and team news

A place in the top half of the Premier League table is at stake as West Ham United face Everton, who are hoping to avoid a third consecutive loss. If certain rumours are to be believed, this could be Sam Allardyce’s final home match as Hammers boss, with his contract due to expire in the summer. Whether he stays or goes, the 60-year-old will be rueful that the club have allowed this season to tail off to the extent that they are now fighting for a place in the top…

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