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Date: Saturday, December 21 Venue: Old Trafford Kick-Off: 15:00
Can Manchester United continue their mini-revival in the Premier League, or will they fall to three successive home league defeats for the first time since 1978-79 when West Ham visit Old Trafford?
Wayne Rooney “has a chance” of being fit to play against West Ham, despite missing the midweek League Cup win over Stoke, according to United manager David Moyes.
However, Nemanja Vidic is a doubt while Michael Carrick and Robin van Persie are definitely out.
West Ham captain Kevin Nolan serves the last game of his three-match ban, but James Tomkins will return from a groin injury.
Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, Mladen Petric, Winston Reid and Ricardo Vaz Te are all sidelined.
If United lose to West Ham, they will have lost three successive home league games for the first time since 1978-79.
However, they have not lost to the Hammers in their last nine league encounters.
West Ham have won just two of their last 15 Premier League matches (W2 D5 L8).
The Red Devils have 25 points after 16 matches – their lowest at this stage of a Premier League season since 2001-02.
De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Cleverley, Giggs, Januzaj, Rooney, Welbeck
Jaaskelainen, O’Brien, Collins, Tomkins, Demel, Diame, Morrison, Collison, Noble, Jarvis, Maiga
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This fixture used to be a nailed-on six-pointer for Manchester United, but is now one that could represent another banana skin based on recent form.
United have not lost to West Ham in their last nine league encounters, have picked up twenty wins from 23 Hammers visits to Old Trafford since 1986, and haven’t conceded a single goal against the visitors in the last five.
Yet this season is different, and the Theatre of Dreams is no longer an impenetrable fortress where opponents fear to tread.
United have lost three times at home already this season, and haven’t lost more games in front of their own fans in a single season since 2001-02 – and it’s not yet Christmas.
A loss here would represent a third-successive home league defeat for the first time since 1978-79 and would, pardon the pun, Hammer the final nail into the coffin of their title defence.
Fortunately, West Ham aren’t exactly in a rich vein of form themselves – two wins in their last 15 Premier League matches have left the Londoners a point and a place above the relegation zone, and they could slip into the bottom three by the end of play this weekend.
For all United’s fallacies this season, I’m still backing them to get back on track and put serious pressure on Sam Allardyce’s side.
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West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has promised not to rush record signing Andy Carroll back after the target man resumed training this week following a niggling ankle problem.
“He [Carroll] is training and being assessed on a daily basis with the medical staff here,” Allardyce told the Hammers official website. “One of the experts from Holland has joined him to move things forward as quickly as possible.
“Like everything else, we’ll get him back as quick as we possibly can, but my position is to take a sensible view. We’re in a difficult position at the minute but I can’t panic into putting Andy in too quickly. It’s my responsibility to make sure he is there to stay when he comes back onto the field, and not just one or two games.
West Ham are one place and three points above the Premier League relegation zone after losing a London derby at fellow strugglers Crystal Palace in midweek.
“Andy will want to play quicker than he should and I’ll have to calm him down,” Allardyce added. “Hopefully he’ll then have an impact when he returns. In the position we’re in at the moment, it’s extremely tough to resist putting him in.”
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Venue: Upton Park Referee: Howard Webb Date: Saturday 2nd of November
For West Ham United; Matt Taylor, Alou Diarra, James Collins, Andy Carroll, Ricardo Vaz Te and Stephen Henderson are all confirmed absentees. Mladen Petric and James Tomkins are doubtful for the clash, so manager Sam Allardyce is hardly spoilt for choice with his squad.
The Villans are short of options at left-back, with Antonio Luna and Joe Bennett both ruled out of action, meaning centre-back Nathan Baker could deputise in their absence. Forward Gabriel Agbonlahor is also doubtful, meaning Lambert will most likely give the out-of-form Andi Weimann a start.
The home side find themselves in poor form of late, with just one win in their last eight games. The Hammers are in 15th place with 9 points from 9 games and are likely to once again be without a recognised striker. West Ham’s home form has been below par this campaign – with three defeats from four outings at Upton Park.
Aston Villa’s recent form has also been lacking. The Midlands outfit have failed to score in their last three league games, with their most recent PL victory coming at the end of September. However, Villa boast a good run of form on their travels – with the side having taken 7 points from a possible 12.
- West Ham (4-2-3-1): Jaaskelainen, Rat, Reid, Tomkins, Demel, Nolan, Noble, Jarvis, Morrison, Downing, Diame
- Aston Villa (4-2-3-1): Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Baker, El-Ahmadi, Delph, Bacuna, Tonev, Weimann, Benteke
source – bbc football
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