For many fans, football is just more than a game. They follow all the games, support the team, and share the ups and downs year in, year out. That being said, it’s particularly annoying, and sometimes even stressful when your team is in a downward spiral, with relegation even looming over the edge. It can lead to a lot of frustration, and for teams like West Ham, it’s really reached the threshold level. With another 3-0 loss at Arsenal, the Hammers are as far as can be from the promising Europa League start they had at the start of the season.
It’s been downhill on all fronts for a club that many pundits thought to have no place to go but upwards. First came the embarrassing exit out of the Europa League to Astra, and a poor start fueled by crowd violence at London Stadium. In January came the exit of star man Dimitri Payet to Marseille, a fan favorite that was thought to lead West Ham to unparalleled success. As a West Ham fan, it’s sad to see a club with so much promise at the end of last season just five points above relegation. At this point last season, Alexandre Lacazette was linked with a move to the club- this year, the team’s top transfer target January was Brentford’s Scott Hogan. What has led to such a bad downhill spiral for West Ham?
Continue reading 3 Solutions to West Ham’s Struggles
Football fans have a reputation for being extremely devoted to the game. Even when it’s not a rivalry game, fans hold back no emotions. Sometimes that’s shown in violent manners, from getting into fights to throwing things at players. However, sometimes it is displayed through collective chants, where all the fans sing a song in unison. It can be both beautiful and hilarious at times. Here are our top chants in British Football:
Continue reading The Best Chants in British Football
As the season is winding down in the late stages, every point counts. Can Spurs and City continue to put the pressure on Chelsea? Can Liverpool climb back into the top 4? Will United finally get out of 6th? In fact, Everton could even come within one point of the top 6. This week’s match ups are a huge part of the journey that the Premier League season is. Here are some of the top teams’ matchups for the week: Continue reading EPL Matchweek 27 Preview
After West Ham United made a permanent move away from the Boleyn Ground to the London Stadium, Hammers fans would have hoped for and expected higher quality football and better performances from their team. However, this has not turned out to be the case. Slaven Bilic and his team are currently sitting in a mediocre 10th place after 25 games, sixteen points off the top six. What has happened at West Ham? How did the east London club go from being a strong candidate for a top 6 finish last season to mid-table mediocrity so quickly? Let’s take a look at how their stadium move contributed to their disappointing performances so far this season. Continue reading Boleyn Ground to Olympic Stadium: West Ham’s Struggles in their New Home
So much of the talk in the Premier League this season has surrounded either the “Big 6” or the “Bottom 6”, as many call it. The Big 6 represents the top of the table – Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal, Liverpool, City, and United. The Bottom 6 is currently the relegation battle – Sunderland, Palace, Hull, Swansea, Leicester, and Middlesbrough. It makes sense when you think about it – the relegation fight and the title race are obviously the most intriguing parts of any league. But when this happens, great runs of form, as well as poor ones, from the other 8 teams in the league are often ignored. So, I’m now going to take a look at what’s been going on with the neglected mid-table clubs (positions 7-14), and how each of them can take the next step. Continue reading The Neglected Ones: An Outlook on the Mid-Table Sides
So far this premier league season has provided us with no shortage of surprises, from Chelsea’s resurgence under Conte, to Leicester City’s fall from grace, and even the disaster that Swansea City has become. All of these elements make the EPL so intriguing to try to predict. So, without further ado, here are our mid-season premier league predictions. Continue reading Mid-Season Premier League Predictions