West Ham are a team in disarray on the field and the move from Upton Park to the London Stadium has been a disaster. The atmosphere could be toxic this Friday when Leicester City visit a venue that is totally inappropriate for football. It almost sullies the memories of the 2012 Olympic Games that the home fans are seeing rubbish on the field and there is discontent in the stands. A straw poll at the ground would reveal massive opposition to the club’s new stadium.
David Moyes has been rewarded for failure with yet another lucrative contract. He found his comfort zone at Everton but he was ambitious and could not turn down the manager’s job at Manchester United. His West Ham side were average in losing at Watford in his first game and Andy Carroll was running around like a man possessed. Moyes did not get a fair crack of the whip at Old Trafford but since leaving the club his career has gone down hill.
West Ham fans don’t see Moyes as the man to motivate a side short of quality and belief. His failures in Spain and in taking Sunderland down do not inspire any confidence. Moyes always looks worried on the touchline, as though something bad is about to happen and in his last two jobs it has. Extra training and more effort won’t endear him to a struggling squad and this may go pear shaped quite quickly. If West Ham lose to Leicester things could turn very nasty.
The 2015/16 Premier League champions are now 12th in the table but only four points above the relegation places. They have appointed a manager who will make them hard to beat and a point at West Ham would be a decent outcome. Leicester are not prolific scorers so correct score bettors may consider 1-1 as the desired outcome. That would just about appease the West Ham fans but Moyes has a mountain to climb. The question is when push comes to shove will the players try their hardest for him!?
The meeting between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday brings together teams who have had an eventful week in the Champions League. Chelsea were much too good for Qarabag in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, while Liverpool were much too good for Sevilla….in the first half. It was reminiscent of the Champions League final in 2005 when Liverpool were 3-0 down at half-time but lifted the trophy. This time they were on the wrong end of a three goal comeback and Jurgen Klopp showed his fury.
Rather than travel back after the match Klopp and his team enjoyed an overnight stay in Sevilla, one of the hottest cities in Europe. The training session in Spain would have been lovely and relaxed if three points has been secured but in fact the atmosphere was probably unpleasant. Chelsea’ confidence from scoring four goals can help them beat Liverpool on the road this Saturday in a match that the statistics suggest both teams will score.
Manchester City are good enough to emulate the Arsenal side that were unbeaten in the Premier League in the 2003/04 season. They have dropped just one point in 12 matches and scored 40 goals while conceding just seven. Huddersfield have made a decent start to life in the top division but avoiding defeat at home to Arsenal looks beyond them. On scoring trends City can win this match to nil and by at least two goals, even though Huddersfield beat Manchester United at home earlier this season.
Southampton are two places and one point ahead of Everton in the bottom six so this match could spell trouble for the team that loses it. Basically Everton have the better players but they are lacking in confidence. Southampton are not exactly in a good place and have lost their last two matches. That could three because Everton are predicted to secure three points on their travels for the first time this season.