West Ham vs Man City – how will Hammers play this one?

I’d like to think that the new Allardyce will see this as something of a ‘free hit’. That is to say, only the most ardent of optimists is really expecting us to win the game tomorrow, with all the sensible money going on an away win, so why not actually go for it? After all, that really would be the West Ham way. 

Valencia, Sakho, Downing, with the attacking flair of wing-backs Cresswell and Jenkinson have been the cornerstone of the new style of play, so this is one fan who is hoping Allardyce stays faithful to that modus operandi tomorrow and goes for it. Yes, we may lose but it would be entertaining and you’d have to fancy us to score.

The Allardyce of last season would have attempted to flood the midfield and stop them playing and it will be telling the extent to which he tries to do that tomorrow.

What do you lot think he’ll do?

Allardyce’s Christmas Carroll Conundrum

So, by mid November we can expect to see Andy Carroll back available for selection. With Sakho on fire and Valencia weighing in with his share ofgoals and quality performances what is Allardyce to do about a problem called Andy?

Which, if any, of these strategies do you think will be uppermost in the manager’s thoughts?

  1. Look to play all 3 together by withdrawing Valencia into attacking central midfield .
  2. Drop either Sakho or Valencia and use AC from the start in selected games.
  3. Leave AC on the bench and look to introduce him on around 70 minutes as the game requires.
  4. Give AC as much game time as possible before 31st January in the hope that someone bids a serious wedge.
  5. Alternate the 3 strikers dependant upon the game plan and the opposition but look to accommodate all 3 and keep them happy within the squad.

A lot of posters rubbished my previous suggestion that the owners will look to lose Carroll from the wage bill as soon as possible and probably in January. If they’re right and I’m wrong, just how he is to be used will present Mr Allardyce with a genuine selection and managerial headache. Maybe it’s a problem he relishes. If he is successful in retaining the three contrasting strikers and using them all equally effectively, even I may have to concede some ground in my anti Allardyce rhetoric!

Prediction League Update – Go AH!

So, in a complete turn around of fortune from PL1, American Hammer storms ahead with two perfect score predictions on the bounce – a first for the C&BPL. Harry, son of HM languishes near the foot of the table despite 3 points this week.

The trouble for Harry is that points were flowing this week, with virtually everyone predicting 3 points for the Hammers up at Turf Moor. Only Gav and Adeluded missed out in fact, with other perfect scores being predicted by AoF and Stelios who consequently surge up the table.

Next week will see a little more variation, with a couple of optimists going for a Hammers win and another couple reckoning a draw is the likely outcome. Unsurprisingly, most predict a City win!

We’ll see. I wonder, if we were allowed to predict NOW, how many might dare to predict a West Ham home win?

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Burnley vs WHU

Points

Total

American

Hammer

1 – 3

5

10

AoF

1 – 3

5

8

ClaretNBlues

0 – 3

3

8

Digger

0 – 2

3

8

FrankieMacsJockStrap

1 – 2

3

8

Sanctown Hammer

0 – 2

3

8

Stelios J

1 – 3

5

8

Alan Carter

1 – 2

3

6

Bomad

0 – 2

3

6

DevoDevo

0 – 2

3

6

Florida Hammer

0 – 4

3

6