West Ham United 2018/19
West Ham United are a football club based in East London. Known as the Hanmers, or the Irons, they were formed in 1895 under the name Thames Ironworks, before becoming West Ham United. They have played their matches at the London Stadium, formerly the Olympic Stadium, moving away from the Boleyn Ground in 2016. Their former stadium was then demolished and replaced by housing. Fans have not been happy about that decision and protested against current owners David Gold and David Sullivan, who bought the club in 2010. Their current boss, former Manchester City manager and Premier League winner, will be hoping to help appease the supporters after a superb summer in the transfer window, signing the likes of Felipe Anderson and Jack Wilshere.
Pellegrini has a lot of history to live up to, but West Ham have not won a major trophy in some time. They have never won a league title, finishing third in 1986, but have a good record in the FA Cup, winning it in 1964, 1970 and 1986. They lost one of the best modern day finals to Liverpool in 2006, falling on penalties after a 3-3 draw after extra time, with Steven Gerrard scoring a wondergoal to save the Reds. Notable players from the past include Bobby Moore, who saw the number six shirt at the club retired in his honour? Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst. The trip were vital to England’s sole World Cup win in 1966. Paulo Di Canio lit up the East End at the turn of the 20th century, while playing under Harry Redknapp and alongside academy graduates Michael Carrick, Joe Cole, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand. Their all time top goalscorer is Vic Watson, who scored as many goals as he did games, 326, between 1920-35.
West Ham United squad 2018/19
Goalkeepers: Lukasz Fabianski, Adrian, Nathan Trott
Defenders: Issa Diop, Winston Reid, Aaron Cresswell, Pablo Zabaleta, Fabian Balbuena, Ryan Fredricks, Angelo Ogbonna, Sam Byram, Arthur Masuaku, Declan Rice
Midfielders: Manuel Lanzini, Robert Snodgrass, Pedro Obiang, Mark Noble, Jack Wilshere, Sead Haksabanovic, Michail Antonio, Edimilson Fernandes, Domingos Quina, Nathan Holland, Josh Cullen, Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yamalenko
Forwards: Javier Hernandez, Andy Carroll, Jordan Hugill, Marko Arnautovic, Antonio Lopez
West Ham United 2018/19 predictions
This season is simply huge for West Ham; the protests at times during the last campaign were telling about the fans’ feelings, but credit must go to the owners for their willingness to spend big to back Manuel Pellegrini. But of course with the money being spent, pressure will be ramped up. They must impress and challenge for a top half place in the league, at least. The Europa League must surely be a big target for Pellegrini; overall there is rightly a lot of excitement surrounding the London Stadium right now.
West Ham are one of those clubs that takes talismanic figures to their hearts more than others. It happened after Dimitri Payet joined from Marseille in 2015, and it could happen again with Felipe Anderson. The Brazilian, signed from for a club record fee of over £40million, is a supremely talented player capable of winning games on his own. Added to the likes of Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmalenko, he could be a real hit with the Hammers fans. Our betting it is that West Ham will secure a top half finish and challenge for Europe.
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