West Ham United v Sheffield United
Monday fifteenth February, kick-off 18:00
Live on BT Sport 1
Moyes the new particular one
As a West Ham fan myself, I might love to say I knew the membership have been able to happening such a run when David Moyes was appointed and full perception and confidence in the appointment, however I might be mendacity. Hammers followers typically have false dawns – keep in mind beneath Mauricio Pelligrini the speak of Champions League soccer? We scoffed then, we’d not scoff at it now.
Moyes has overseen an unimaginable transformation and factors tally. The whole variety of factors after 23 video games is the highest since the magical 1985-86 marketing campaign after they completed third beneath membership legend John Lyall. I used to be fortunate sufficient to see that crew a few instances.
Only Manchester City have gained extra Premier League factors than West Ham to date in 2021 – with the Hammers profitable 5 of their seven video games in the prime flight this 12 months.
In phrases of crew information, striker Michail Antonio has a hamstring nevertheless it’s unclear if he’ll make it, whereas Angelo Ogbonna is out with an ankle damage.
Blades nonetheless alive and kicking
I’m sufficiently old to keep in mind when the Premier League began with the Sky fanfare and the Simple Minds “Alive and Kicking” track. A very good monitor too, and the theme tune at the second to accompany Chris Wilder’s males and their unlikely pursuit of staying up.
The equation is bleak, however beneath his shiny, shiny puffer jacket is a actual fighter in Wilder. Although he’s considerably of a realist too, describing their battle as having each arms tied behind their again with half a blindfold.
They are nonetheless two factors off West Brom (who gained a precious level on Sunday) however they’re beginning discover a little bit of kind.
Striker Lys Mousset is match once more, with wing-back Enda Stevens again coaching.
It’s a signal of the instances with how good West Ham are at the second that they are often backed at 1.814/5. Whether we wish to become involved with them or not at that value although represents poor worth. Of course the hosts are on an unimaginable run of only one defeat in 10 PL video games, however I’m by no means in a rush to go mad on odds-on pictures for the column.
Sheffield United at 5.49/2 would possibly appeal to a few backers, in any case, they succeeded in profitable towards Manchester United lately 1-2 and carried out with nice credit score to lose simply 1-0 at the Etihad to Manchester City. In each video games that they had 25% of the ball, and only one shot on course in the latter.
A very good efficiency stuffed with endeavour towards Chelsea too means their latest run of three wins in six video games represents a huge shift from being winless in 20 prior.
Although to convey a slight dampener to that, their report in London is atrocious – profitable simply 7.7% of their video games in the capital. On the different hand, Moyes has a excellent report in all competitions towards the Blades with six out of six.
Moyes is a magician, is not he?
I’m tempted to throw in the Blades right here for a Draw No Bet purely on these three video games talked about. They will not have a lot of the ball, however they by no means do. The Hammers had to work exhausting with wins towards West Brom and Burnley at residence, so the 4.03/1 makes a little bit of sense.
West Ham have a probability to be London’s prime crew and rise above Chelsea with a win on Monday, however as highlighted, backing 1.814/5 pictures is just not the means to go, however the Same Multi Option with the hosts profitable and Under 2.5 Goals seems fairly a good value for the double at 3.58.
It might be a low-scoring affair, as Sheffield United are hardly doubtless to be expansive, however they’ve stored simply as soon as Premier League clear sheet in 25 video games – and that was at residence to shot-shy Newcastle lately. But 1-0 and 2-0 wins definitely appear possible for the SGM.
And how about Jesse Lingaard – a fairly astute signing from Moyes, and a mutually helpful one for each events, as the midfielder wanted video games, and his versatility is ideal for the way Moyes needs his crew to play. His two targets towards Aston Villa was a sharp reminder of his high quality that hasn’t been seen, and backing him in the Anytime Goalscorer market is a wholesome 7/2 on the Sportsbook.