The up and down season continues after a baffling 3-2 defeat to a Newcastle side that had not won a game in 10. The result keeps West Ham firmly involved in the relegation battle when the run of games over the Christmas period should have been seen as a chance to put some distance between us and the relegation zone. Moyes would have been furious with the calamitous nature of the goals and it is a shock to see West Ham, who have been fairly sound defensively of late, ship two goals to a team who couldn’t buy a goal this season. On the plus side, the team showed character and fight and having got back into the game at 3-2 really pushed the Magpies hard looking for the equalizer.
Next up are Bournemouth, Eddie Howe’s side are well known for trying to play football the right way but the Cherries are struggling this year. They were hammered at the Etihad on Saturday and are on a bad run and confidence is low. Bournemouth like to dominate the ball which I feel will suit West Ham who will look to play on the counter-attack. West Ham will look to be better defensively and as terrible as Saturday was, the errors were individual rather than anything related to system or shape. Bournemouth do have a very mobile forward line with Wilson, Defoe and King providing movement for young England starlet Lewis Cook.
I am a huge fan of Eddie Howe and the whole Bournemouth story but West Ham need to be ruthless and make sure they come away from the South Coast with a positive result.
I can’t see too many changes despite the fixture pile-up, Moyes seems to have settled on a formula for now, apart from the addition of Lanzini at Ayew’s expense, it will be a very similar lineup.
Here’s hoping Moyes delivers a late Christmas present to the fans making the trip to the Vitality stadium.