Fresh from the 3-1 defeat at the hands of Stoke City at the Britannia, West Ham will be looking to bounce back straight away by claiming an upset against champions Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground, this Saturday.
The Hammers have won their last three games at home and have a towering Andy Carroll desperate to prove his worth to his country in time for a ticket to Brazil.
West Ham are due a win against United in the top flight at Upton Park, as you have to go back to 2007 for the last time they secured a home victory over the Champions.
David Moyes’ men consigned the Hammers to a 3-1 defeat when the two sides met at Old Trafford back in December and Sam Allardyce’s side go into the game on the back of defeats at Everton and Stoke City.
West Ham have won their last three home games though, and Allardyce believes they need at least another seven points to be guaranteed safety as they sit six points ahead of third-bottom Sunderland but Gus Poyet’s side have two games in hand.
When asked how many points will be needed to avoid the drop, the Hammers boss said: “I think probably about 38. Then again, with nine games to go, some have 10, it’s swings and roundabouts more than ever before.”
Champions Manchester United finally looked to have turned a corner by confirming their place in the last 8 of the Champions League on Wednesday night, with a morale-boosting 3-0 win against Olympiakos at home, thanks to a Robin Van Persie hat-trick.
- West Ham are again only without Joey O’Brien and Marco Borriello
- Sam Allardyce could name an unchanged team, but after successive defeats may look to make changes
- Matthew Taylor could return in midfield ahead of Antonio Nocerino and Matt Jarvis could come back in for Diamé
- Nemanja Vidic serves the first of his two-game ban after picking up his second red card of the season against Liverpool last week
- Robin van Persie is out after he was stretchered off late on in midweek and he will have another scan on his injured knee
- Rio Ferdinand could continue at centre-back but two games in a short space of time might be too much for him after playing against Olympiakos in midweek
- Nani is back in training and could be involved at some stage
Last TEN meetings:
- West Ham have seen over 2.5 goals in 8 of their last 10 matches against Man Utd in all competitions.
- Man Utd have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 away matches in the Premier League.
- West Ham have won their last 3 home matches in the Premier League.
- West Ham have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 home matches against Man Utd in all competitions.
- West Ham have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 home matches in the Premier League.
- Man Utd have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 away matches against West Ham in all competitions.
- Man Utd are undefeated in their last 6 matches against West Ham in all competitions.
West Ham 1 – 2 Manchester United
@WestHamWorld 2-2 Carrol & Noble
— James ⚒ (@JameswhufcJones) March 21, 2014
@WestHamWorld 1-1. Carroll & Rooney.
— Tore Søyland (@ToreDiCanio) March 21, 2014
@WestHamWorld 2-1west ham , Nolan an Carroll to score
— Sam Smith (@SamJSmith94) March 21, 2014
@WestHamWorld 1-0 West ham, Diame with the Goal
— Jack95Gamer (@Jack95Gamer) March 21, 2014
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