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West Ham upset Chelsea in London Derby thriller

One team had wins in every match since the restart. The other had not received a single point.  It was the underdog, West Ham United that was able to come away with the three points against an in-form Chelsea side, securing a crucial 3-2 victory.

The Blues dominated the possession game in the beginning of the first half, but The Hammers were the first ones to have a threatening chance. 

Off a corner kick, the home team had thought they had taken the lead courtesy of Tomas Soucek. Ultimately though, VAR denied the goal after Michail Antonio was caught offside.

In the 41st-minute, Christian Pulisic was able to win Chelsea a penalty after Issa Diop conceded a foul in the penalty area. Willian was then able to convert from the spot to take the 1-0 lead.

The lead, however, was short-lived after Antonio Rüdiger made a terrible mistake and gave West Ham a corner. The home team capitalised on the chance and Soucek found the back of the net again, this time without any interference from VAR.

 

Six minutes into the second-half, West Ham were able to take the lead thanks to a goal from Antonio. After trying to draw a penalty, the Englishman bounced right back up and got his shot right past goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. 

 

Later in the half, Pulisic won a free kick in the attacking half after a great run, which caused former Chelsea Academy product, Declan Rice, to receive a yellow card. Willian was then able to score directly off the free kick to draw The Blues level at 2-2. 

 

All signs pointed toward a draw between the two sides from London. Substitute Andriy Yarmolenko, however, had other ideas. On a fast break, Antonio was able to find the Ukrainian, who finished his chance with ease in the 89th-minute.  This secured a a potentially priceless win for The Hammers.

 

The victory helps West Ham move up one spot in the standings as they try to avoid relegation, heading to St. James’ Park on Sunday to take on Newcastle.

Chelsea, meanwhile, who could have taken sole possession of third place after Leicester City’s loss at Everton, will now fight to keep a Champions League spot at home on Saturday against Watford.

See the table below.

https://247-football.com/2020/06/25/premier-league-table/

Premier League – who will escape the drop?

With the resumption of the Premier League season on the horizon, it’s looking increasingly more likely that clubs in the lower reaches of the table will have to face up to the danger of relegation. 

Despite the caveat of having no fans, a full season of Premier League fixtures are set to be played leaving little argument against relegation for three teams. So with the danger of the drop still present, which teams are in the most trouble? 

Norwich, of course, are currently the most threatened side. They sit bottom of the table with 21 points, six points adrift of 17th. It’s a large gap, but one that is still just about bridgeable. Despite facing Chelsea and Manchester City towards the end of the campaign, the Canaries’ run-in overall makes more positive reading. 

They face Southampton, Brighton, Watford and West Ham during their first six games back. Positive results in these matches could well turn the relegation battle on its head, and a recent victory against Leicester shortly before the lockdown will give Norwich hope of conjuring some form. 

In 19th, four points above Norwich, sit fellow promoted side Aston Villa. Since reaching the League Cup final, the Villains have lost all four of their Premier League matches – most recently 4-0 against Leicester.

Villa have a game in hand against Sheffield United, which is scheduled to be the first fixture back for the Premier League. A win would see Villa move up to 16th, but this will be a tough task against an excellent Sheffield United side who dispatched the Villains 2-0 earlier in the season. 

The run-in for Villa doesn’t gave any easier after that either, with matches against Chelsea, Wolves, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal to follow. Their season then finishes with what could well end up being a final day relegation decider against West Ham. 

Bournemouth lie in 18th with 27 points, joint with Watford and West Ham above them. The Cherries arguably face the toughest run of fixtures, with Wolves, Manchester United, Tottenham, Leicester and Manchester City all on the horizon. 

In fact, Bournemouth will not be facing any teams below them in the table. The lowest placed sides they face are Southampton and Newcastle – seven and eight points respectively ahead of the Cherries and both look to be clear of any real relegation trouble. 

The Cherries not only face difficult opposition, but have no opportunity to directly gain any ground on their relegation rivals. 

Watford and West Ham – the two other teams on 27 points – face each other in a relegation crunch match scheduled for mid July. The Hammers also have another key match scheduled a few days earlier against Norwich, as well as their final day showdown with Aston Villa.

Results in games against their relegation rivals could well see the Hammers safe. Add to this the fact that David Moyes seems to have struck upon a cohesive and powerful combination up front with Sebastian Haller, Michael Antonio and Jarrod Bowen (they were very unfortunate not to get a result against Arsenal before the lockdown), and things are looking relatively positive for West Ham.

Watford, meanwhile, face some tricky fixtures against Leicester, Chelsea and Manchester City before Arsenal on the final day of the season. Their run in, however, doesn’t quite match the desolate landscape of Bournemouth’s with opportunities to gain points against their relegation rivals still available to the Hornets. 

Brighton sit in 15th with 29 points and despite a two point cushion above the relegation zone, they are by no means out of the woods. Like Bournemouth, they lack matches against sides in the relegation battle. The only team below them Albion face is Norwich who are already eight points adrift of Brighton, so it’s possible the match could be of little direct consequence. 

With six draws and only four defeats since the start of 2020, Brighton are proving tough to beat but are also massively struggling to carve out wins. They are winless since the 28th December 2019 and will need to be picking up all three points when they can to avoid slipping further into the relegation battle. 

One thing that should also be considered is the lack of fans, and how this might affect results. It was previously a topic open to debate but the fact that home advantage seems to have gone out the window in the Bundesliga seems to indicate it does have a large influence. 

Frankfurt boss Adi Hutter even commented the other week saying:

“teams with a high level of technical quality in particular are less dependent on support”, while also noting how a lack of fans can adversely affects sides lower in the division. 

At a glance, Aston Villa look to benefit the most from having a crowd behind them with a swing of 0.78 points per game (PPG) more at home than away. This would make sense given the raucous reputation of Villa Park and the Holt End. Villa’s home PPG swing is the third highest in the division behind Manchester United (0.79) and Everton (0.99). 

While Villa’s is the most stark, all the teams in the midst of the relegation fight have a swing of at least 0.5 PPG more at home barring West Ham with 0.27. This also makes sense given their questionable choice of new stadium. 

This would indicate that West Ham are less reliant on home support, so are less likely to be as affected by the lack of fans. Given this along with their bolstered frontline, the Hammers stand a good chance of staying up. 

Things don’t look so good for the Villains though, with a lack of fans looking like it could possibly be more of an issue for them. This coupled with their tough run of games could spell trouble for Villa.

Bournemouth also face a tricky run of fixtures but more importantly, do not face any teams around them so have little chance to make up ground on their rivals. They could also be set to slip further into the relegation quagmire. 

Watford will hope to draw upon Nigel Pearson’s experience from his great escape with Leicester in 2015, as well as looking to talented players such as Abdoulaye Doucoure and Ismaila Sarr. Gerard Deulofeu, however, is still likely to be out for the remaining fixtures. 

Brighton and Norwich are both tricky to predict. Brighton have had a long and slow slide down the table, and it’s difficult to see where it might stop or how far down it will take them. 

Norwich look like they might be dead and buried, but a good run of results in the games they have against their rivals could seriously shake things up for the Canaries.

What is certain is that there is still much to play for at the bottom of the Premier League. 

Should West Ham stick with David Moyes beyond this season?

David Moyes came into the West Ham job in mid-November, replacing Slaven Bilic who had left the Hammers in a huge relegation scrap still in the first half of the season.

The Moyes era at the London Stadium has been mixed, with impressive results such as the 1-0 win over Chelsea, 4-1 away at Huddersfield Town and the emphatic 3-0 win at the Bet365 Stadium.

However, there have also been disappointing results including the 3-0 loss at home to Burnley, the FA Cup defeat to League One Wigan Athletic and the 4-1 loss in South Wales against Swansea City.

One noticeable thing about Moyes is that he is improving performances of the squad and compared to the Bilic era, the West Ham team are attacking more and are on the whole, improving the atmosphere in the London Stadium.

It is also clear to see that summer signing Marko Arnautovic has become an incredible Hammers player since the Scot took the helm, scoring all of his nine goals under the former Manchester United man.

West Ham, after the 1-1 draw against Stoke City at home, are in 14th place, with the opportunity to climb two places with their game in hand on Watford.

Moyes has guided the club to seven points ahead of the drop zone, just eight points off eighth place. If Moyes were given a full summer transfer window with the chance to bring in his players then he could build on the squad he has clearly improved already, build more and guide the club up the Premier League table.

West Ham do you want to see David Moyes in the managerial hot seat next season? If not who do you want to in charge of your team? Let us know in the comments section…

3 managers who could replace harry Redknapp

Birmingham City have parted company with manager harry Redknapp following a 1-3 home defeat at the hands of Preston North End. The defeat left the club on a run of six straight defeats in all competitions, and with six defeats in eight league matches which left ‘The Blues’ languishing in 23rd place in the Championship table. 

Following the departure of Harry Redknapp we take a look at 3 possible replacements that could be sitting in the hot seat for next Saturday’s trip to Derby County.

David Moyes

The Scotsman has been without a job since resigning from his post as Sunderland manager, following the clubs relegation from the Premier League in May 2017. Having started his managerial career with Preston North End, Moyes led the club to the Football League First Division play-offs in 2001 but missed out on promotion to the Premier League losing to Bolton 3-0 in the final.

The following season saw Moyes join Everton, where most say were his best years in management. Leading the club to UEFA cup football in 2007 as well as transforming the Merseyside outfit from a team that were competing near the bottom of the Premier League to a team that were consistently in the top half.

In May 2013 following Alex Ferguson announcing his retirement from Manchester United, the worlds media was informed that David Moyes would be Ferguson’s successor in the United hot seat. Following a turbulent few months in the job, it was announced that Moyes had been sacked by the ‘Red Devils’ as results on the pitch were not good enough.

Moyes then went onto manage Real Sociedad in Spain but lasted just short of a year in the post, before moving to Sunderland where unfortunately he couldn’t keep the side in the Premier League in the 2016-2017 season. The day after it was confirmed they had been relegated, it was announced that Moyes had resigned from his post and would leave the football club.

Alan Pardew

Having managed 6 clubs in his managerial career, including the likes of Reading, West Ham, Charlton, Newcastle and Crystal Palace, Pardew could be seen as a good appointment to the Birmingham hot seat.

Having had success at Championship level when he led West Ham to the Premier League via the play-offs in the 2004-2005 season, Pardew went onto to lead the ‘Hammers’ to the UEFA Cup. Following defeat at the hands of Palermo in the first round and coupled with the defeat to Chesterfield in the League Cup it was announced in December 2006 that Pardew had been sacked by the club.

He then went on to manage Charlton and Southampton respectively, where when managing Southampton he led the club to Football League Trophy Success in 2010, the clubs first trophy since 1976, before the club parted company with him five months later.

He then went onto manage Newcastle United, where he was manager for 4 years, before Crystal Palace came calling for him following the sacking of Neil Warnock and Pardew agreed to to join the London outfit.

After just 6 wins in 36 games in 2016 and the club in 17th position in the Premier League, Pardew was relieved of his duties by chairman Steve Parish.

Ryan Giggs

A name that always seems to pop up in recent times when a manager is relieved of his duties is former Manchester United hero Ryan Giggs. Although he has no previous managerial experience, Giggs could be a terrific appointment for Birmingham City as he has won everything that there is a player with the ‘Red Devils’.

He was recently linked with the jobs at Nottingham Forest and Swansea City to name a few, but has yet to dip his toe in management. Having played under Sir Alex Ferguson and having been assistant to Louis Van Goal the dutchman tenure at Old Trafford, he has certainly learnt from two managers who have been there and done it, and this experience could lead him in good stead for his managerial career.

Birmingham City fans who do you want to see in the hot seat next? Would you like to see another experienced manager or a younger manager? Let us know in the comments…