Oxford To Play, Hopefully For More Than A40 Minute Cameo

Having trained with the senior squad all week West Ham starlet Reece Oxford, much coveted by Mourinho at Manchester United, Guardiola at Manchester City and not forgetting Conte at Chelsea, seems set to start the televised crunch match against Southampton at the London Stadium on Sunday. A big stadium needs big players to fill it out and make it intimidating for visiting teams, Oxford is a big time player, he may be young, but he has the aura of impending greatness!

Masuaku Injured In Jinxed Position For West Ham

Authur Masuaku has joined the legion of recent West Ham United signings to pick up a nasty injury and heap added pressure on an already under fire Slaven Billic. Billic, who celebrated the arrival of his daughter who was born on Tuesday evening, will be cursing his footballing luck as he faces up to ANOTHER left back with ligament damage!

Hammers Reward For Last Minute Victory Is Chelsea Tie

Dimitri Payet's dramatic last minute super strike that finally sunk Accrington Stanley has earned the club a home tie against Chelsea in the next round of the EFL cup. As expected the visitors treated the match as if it was the EFL final itself and gave Slaven Billic more than a headache or two to deal with, in the end he had to bring on his big guns to ensure a hard fought victory. Things were looking decidedly bleak with extra time beckoning and Hammers down to ten men after Authur Masuaku was forced off the pitch through injury with all the substitutes having already been used.

Confirmed West Ham United v Accrington Stanley Team Sheets

West Ham: From Randolph, Arbeloa, Masuaku, Ogbonna, Nordtveit, Obiang, Fernandes, Feghouli, Tore, Zaza, Calleri. Subs: Adrian,,Byram, Oxford, Payet, Lanzini, Antonio,Fletcher.
Accrington: Parish, Vyner, Pearson, Beckles, Donacien, Brown, Conneely, O'Sullivan, Clark, McConville, Kee Subs: Hughes Gornell, Jones, Boco, Lacey, Chapman, Eagles.
Noble, Kayoute, Collins and Reid missing from squad as Slaven rings the changes. Arbeloa and Fernandes make their Hammers debut. - Ed

Presume An Easy Ride At Your Peril Against Stanley

Accrington Stanley visit West Ham United at the London Stadium for what will be a lively EFL cup tie, against the backdrop of doom and gloom surrounding Slaven Billic's side the visitors will hope to further compound the negativity by causing a cup upset. It is beyond doubt that the magnificence of the new stadium does make visiting teams raise their game, it is like playing at Wembley for all but a few and something that Hammers need to adapt to quickly.

The Knives Are Out For Mourinho And Conte As Well As Billic

In a way it is a back handed compliment that the schadenfreude usually reserved for when the Chelsea'a and the Manchester United's of this world are struggling, is associated with the goings on at little old West 'am. The reason for the inclusion in the nose bleed stakes is the general resentment that the cockney boys managed to blag a brand spanking new stadium. Add to that the humbling that Hammers dished out to several big teams last season, a fresh manager full of ideas and a really impressive squad.

West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United Team Sheets

WestBrom:1Foster25Dawson23McAuley6Evans20Galloway5Yacob24Fletcher14McClean22Chadl
i10Phillips9RondónSubstitutes2Nyom:3Olsson4Robson-Kanu7Morrison8Gardner13Myhill18Berahino
WestHam:13Adrián30Antonio19Collins21Ogbonna26Masuaku8Kouyate4Nordtveit16Noble27Payet
11Zaza10Lanzini Substitutes1Randolph7Feghouli14Obian17Töre24Fletcher28Calleri35Oxford

Three Extra Rows Will Not Solve West Ham Segregation Issue

According to various media outlets, some who can spell and some who cannot, West Ham United believe they have found a resolution to the segregation of fans issue by adding a further three rows of vacant seating to enhance security. Yes, that is three additional rows will be manned by well meaning but hopelessly under trained stadium staff, that's it? The only barriers between opposing fans are less than a metre and a half high and could be vaulted, to be politically correct, by a person of diminished stature!

West Ham United's 'Robust' Response To 'Watfordgate'

The groundswell of opinion among fans and the massively negative press that followed the 2-4 defeat to Watford at the London Stadium has, as expected, invoked an immediate response from the club with the blame for events being firmly placed on the stadium management and particularly on the security company they use. The 'robust' response on the club's official website is as follows:

West Ham Stadium Issues Won't Go Away Without Urgent Action

From the beginning of the season It was only to be expected that there would be more than a fair share of media coverage given to any negativity with regards to West Ham United's tenure of the London Stadium, given the jealousy surrounding and muck raking involved in the decision process to appoint Hammers as the anchor tenancy, despite it being the only realistic option to avoid having a 'white elephant' stadium as has happened in other host countries.

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