Hammers Can't Be Plonkers At Rodney Parade

West Ham are the latest big team to brave Newport's Rodney Parade ground, the League Two side have been giant killers on more than one occasion. Manchester City eventually dispatched Mike Flynn's side in the fifth round of the FA Cup, but not before Leicester and Championship club Middlesbrough had been beaten in Wales.

Report: Fancy A Banana - Skin?

The cameras will be at Newport County's ground for a reason tomorrow evening, the Carabao cup fixture against West Ham will more than likely be the home team's match of the season, and is a potentially massive banana skin for the Barclays Premier League side to avoid. Having lost to Wimbledon if the FA Cup by fielding an under strength side, Manuel Pellegrini will have to make sensible decisions ahead of this match.

Hallelujah Hammers Finally Have A Striker!

West Ham United have finally got the player that the club have been missing for years, a real out and out striker, a genuine leader of the line, and a player whose bones aren't made of paper mache! For years various managers have been 'hamstrung' by the fact that the club did not have a 'proper' fit striker, ironically Sebastian Haller is exactly what Andy Carroll was supposed to be.

Instant: Watford FC v West Ham United Team Sheets

Watford: Foster, Femenia, Cathcart, Dawson, Holebas, Hughes, Capoue, Doucoure, Cleverley, Deulofeu, Gray. Subs: Gomes, Janmaat, Kabasele, Chalobah, Quina, Sarr, Welbeck.
West Ham: Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Masuaki, Rice, Noble, Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Anderson, Haller. Subs: Jimenez, Balbuena, Zabaleta, Sanchez, Ajeti, Fornals, Antonio.

Con And Dec The Way Forward

For too long West Ham United has been seen as a last hurrah destination for players who might have been good once but have reached the end of the line, a sort of retirement half way home. Now, possibly as an unforeseen positive byproduct of the club's current FFP restrictions, it appears that Manuel Pellegrini is beginning to dip in to the vast amount of young talent at his disposal.

Looks As If Real Madrid Got The Wrong One!

Eyebrows were raised when Eintrecht Frankfurt sold Sebastian Haller to West Ham United for a fee of £45 Million, not just because he is a top striker, but because Eintrecht had already sold Luka Jovic to Real Madrid for £62 Million only a couple of weeks before. Jovic and Haller had 'ripped up' the Bundesliga between them in a stunning season which saw them share 57 goals along with Ante Rebic's contribution.

Over Land And Sea-What Makes A True Hammers Fan?

How far away you are from 'your' team but still support them can be dependant on many circumstances, you might have moved areas, you might have moved countries or entire continents. Or maybe a team playing on the other side of the World just appeals to you, possibly for their footballing exploits and achievements, or maybe just because you liked the colour of their kit!

The Beast Is Back!

Having seen their team get well and truly battered on the opening day of the season, many Hammers fans were hoping to see their players 'chip in' with some flair play and a few goals against 'bogey team' Brighton & Hove. When the team sheets were released that optimism instantly evaporated , Manuel Pellegrini would be deprived of nearly £90 Million worth of players in the form of record signings Seb Haller and 'Pepe' Andersson.

5 Changes Brighton & Hove Albion Vs West Ham United Line Ups

Brighton: Mathew Ryan; Martin Montoya, Shane Duffy, Lewis Dunk, Dan Burn, Solly March, Pascal Groß, Davy Propper, Dale Stephens, Glenn Murray, Leandro Trossard Subs: David Button, Neal Maupay, Jurgen Locadia, Florin Andone, Adam Webster, Aaron Mooy, Bernardo
West Ham: Lukasz Fabianski, Ryan Fredericks, Pablo Fornals, Robert Snodgrass, Issa Diop, Jack Wilshere, Declan Rice, Manuel Lanzini, Angelo Ogbonna, Arthur Masuaku, Chicharito Subs: Roberto Jiménez, Fabián Balbuena, Pablo Zabaleta, Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez, Albian Ajeti, Antonio

Haller Passes Fitness Test - Anderson Doesn't

Although both players are due to have a late and final fitness test, it appears Hammers most expensive signing, Sebastian Haller, will make the starting line up against 'Bogey' team Brighton at the Amex Stadium this afternoon. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the club's second most expensive signing Felipe Anderson, apparently the medical team feel that the Brazilian needs to be rested for the Seagulls match, and that Pablo Fornals will fill the void.

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