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Saturday and weekend football

The Seagulls’ last victory over today’s visitors came in an FA Cup tie more than 36 years ago. They’ve never beaten them in a top division league game. Is that going to change today? Not on your nellie. Liverpool sit behind league leaders Spurs on goal difference only and will look to steal a march in points if not goal difference today. A midweek kick up the arse in Europe offers added incentive. Tariq Lamptey is suspended, an absence Brighton can ill afford. Away win.

Burnley could find themselves in the bottom three at the end of this weekend’s games. Strangely, City could end the weekend just two places above the relegation zone in the unlikely even that all results go against them. Odd times in an odd year. But City have the stronger armoury by far and are way too powerful for their visitors, who seem to have forgotten how to win. Expect the deepest of deep defences from them, which means that an early City goal is the best hope of entertainment. Home win.

After a bright start, Everton have fallen away and have only managed wins against Brighton and Fulham since September. Bielsa’s side continue to show admirable grit and determination despite a massively inconsistent first quarter of a season in which survival will be the overriding measure of success. A tricky one to predict, although Leeds may fancy their chances of nicking a point. Draw.

What do you get when the bottom two clubs play each other? Both have been unlucky but have worked to address their early season defensive frailties. Neither has yet discovered the secret to combining defensive integrity with attacking verve. How Sheffield could do with a Carlos Tevez to lead their line. It’s time for both to show courage and resilience. So what do you get – a bore fest, one fears. Draw.

Brave is he (or she) that puts their hard-earned on any of today’s games.

The Saints have been good value for their lofty league position. As have Man U, but replace lofty with meek. With Ings and Walcott on fire for the hosts, and Bruno Fernandes likewise for the visitors, this has all the makings of a classic encounter between two evenly-matched sides. Draw.

FLJ could have done with a crowd on his side today. One that would have sent its warmest regards to the away manager, for whom a visit to this ex is always a trip replete with significance, emotion and a passionate desire to get one over the erstwhile lover. So two high-fliers meet in a game that promises much but offers little to the wannabe Nostradamus. Should be a corker, could be a porker. Draw.

Speaking of promise, Arsenal, you feel, have flattered to deceive so far this season. Yes, Arteta’s building a squad and yes, it’s a long job, but their fans will have hoped for more in the way of interim dividends than they have so far been presented with. Wolves continue strongly and are a threat to whomever they face. But this has stalemate written all over it. Draw.


Leicester are growing accustomed to the rarefied upper reaches of England’s top flight and will expect to consolidate their presence there this evening. Fulham are equally accustomed to the bottom three. They’re struggled and laboured to accumulate their four points to date and, but for the fortune of the condemned, should have had more to show for their endeavours. There’s only one possible outcome, isn’t there? Yes, though Leicester will have to work for it. Home win.

It seems like only yesterday that Villa became the latest beneficiaries of our generosity to secure their Premier League survival. Fair play to them, they’ve made the most of it and are now virtually unrecognisable from the side that might, had things gone differently, have been visiting Luton or Millwall today. Such are football’s fine margins. Yet inconsistency has become their hallmark. The last two months have seen them thrash Liverpool and Arsenal (away), but lose at Leicester and at home to Leeds, Southampton and, most recently, Brighton. What does that say about the team we host this evening? It says that at their best they’re capable of putting the best to the sword, so we must be alert and as disciplined as we’ve shown we can be in recent games. With Haller seemingly on form and Antonio possibly in contention, plus a defence that defends and a midfield that creates, we’re in good shape and have the quality to see off the Villains. Home win.

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happygilmore 2:02 Wed Dec 2
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Villa v Newcastle game off due to Covid.

On the weekend fans were returning to grounds.

happygilmore 12:23 Tue Dec 1
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The entire Newcastle squad in Covid isolation

nychammer 9:06 Mon Nov 30
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Leicester all over the place form wise this season

Mike Oxsaw 8:13 Mon Nov 30
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And in other news, Leicester 0-2 Fulham

Alex G 8:13 Mon Nov 30
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Fulham two up at Leicester. Fulham even managed to score a penalty. Not a scoreline anyone saw coming.

Westside 2:16 Mon Nov 30
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Villa been good away from home,

A lot of teams have.

50% more away wins this season, than last season after 10 games each. And a few more games left, in the current round of fixtures, to get to 10 games each.

Mike Oxsaw 1:24 Mon Nov 30
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You just know that Dwarfling is going to burst into the dressing room just before kick-off and bawl out his expert advice to all...

cygnet 1:04 Mon Nov 30
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I understand Jiminez suffered a fractured skull last night against Arsenal. That may well be a career finisher.

Rossal 11:26 Mon Nov 30
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Whenever results go our way, we play knowing a win will move us up a couple of places we always seem to fuck it up.

Villa been good away from home, i think 1-1 would be my bet. Got to man mark Grealish and start Antonio, cant see Haller getting any change out of Mings

If we win though i will start to get excited about pushing for a top 7/8 spot

Russ of the BML 10:58 Mon Nov 30
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The weekend football has left us in the position of being on the cusp of a very good season. Leaves me feeling excited. With any luck Fulham do Leicester and we do Villa. Would take us to fifth and four points of the leader. And I think if the players get the win and see the league table afterwards the confidence will be sky high.

Not suggesting we will win the league but its nice to stay in touch for as long as possible.

As is always the case with West Ham they do often leave you deflated after getting so close to something good. Let's hope we can buck the trend tonight. Us going into fifth would certainly get a few tongues wagging.

Come on you Irons! Give us something to be happy about after a shit year.

jfk 5:39 Mon Nov 30
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I'm confident we'll win.
Some on here saying we've been lucky the last two games??? I don't see it that way in both games we had by a mile the better chances we should have buried a few more.
After seasons of watching us just stay up some supporters have little confidance which I can understand. Barring a few a bad run of injuries we are a decent team that most won't relish playing.
There's also potentially a couple of very good players on the bench.
Cresswell and Arthur were almost right offs not so long ago and I'm more than happy to admit I was wrong. If Lanzini is anywhere near the player he was before his career threatening injury who knows.

Manuel 4:35 Mon Nov 30
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Has anyone said it will be a tough game tomorrow, yet? If not, I think it will be tough. Very tough.


Fortunes Hiding 4:14 Mon Nov 30
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Barkley is injured

Texas Iron 3:51 Mon Nov 30
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Villa will be a tough game...

Defense needs to be on top form...

Grealish...Watkins... Barkley ..goal threats...

Gritty 2-1 with luck


pdbis 12:59 Mon Nov 30
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If Cavani plays during the week I hope he gets injured.

geoffpikey 12:33 Mon Nov 30
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Cavani has responded to a post on his Instagram with "gracias negrito" (didn't see the context, post has apparently gone now).

Still, it's the same word that got Suarez an EIGHT match ban when he said it to Evra on a pitch and no one else heard. What will the PL do this time? My, modern life is so INTERESTING.

RM10 12:11 Mon Nov 30
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Arsenal losing, love it, their fans are almost worse than the Spurs, only 2 home wins the weekend tough tomorrow!

happygilmore 12:04 Mon Nov 30
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Arteta....nice guy but as a manager as shit as the last bloke

Long may he reign.

nychammer 12:02 Mon Nov 30
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We could be 5th If we win tomorrow. This is west ham we’re talking about so we probably won’t. Surprise me please but we never seem to take these kinds of opportunities when presented.

Spandex Sidney 11:47 Sun Nov 29
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Just realised, if we win tomorrow we go 5th. FMOB

So we are looking at a 5 or 6 nil thrashing then!

swindon hammer 11:45 Sun Nov 29
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I said after we lost to Arsenal what a bad result that was and lots of other teams would beat them. Too many people on here were a bit too happy at “playing well and being unlucky to lose”

Arsenal are fucking shit and we have a good chance of finishing above them this season.

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