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West Ham United vs Brentford live

West Ham United vs Brentford live

The Hammers are in dire need of a victory when they host Thomas Frank’s team on Friday.West Ham hope to bring an end to a four-game losing streak on Friday when they take on Brentford in the Premier League.

David Moyes’ men have fallen dangerously close to the relegation zone, with their run of defeats leaving them sitting one point outside of the bottom three.

Brentford, on the other hand, have not been beaten in their last four games in the English top-flight, drawing three and winning one of those.

This block provides the user with the opportunity to view and compare the statistics of the West Ham United and Brentford teams in detail based on the results of the last 10 matches of each team. The user can get acquainted with such detailed statistics as Wins, Losses, and Average total, etc.

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Premier League
g W D L GD Pts Form
9.

Fulham

Fulham
16 6 4 6 27-26 22
10.

Brentford

Brentford
16 4 8 4 25-27 20
11.

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace
15 5 4 6 15-21 19
15.

Leeds United

Leeds United
15 4 3 8 23-29 15
16.

West Ham United

West Ham United
16 4 2 10 13-20 14
17.

Everton

Everton
16 3 5 8 12-19 14

Brentford currently sit firmly in mid-table with a record of four wins, eight draws, and only four defeats, placing the Bees in tenth place with 20 points. However, the visitors could really use three points here as they have struggled to find much stability on either side of the World Cup break, and with a top-half finish at the top of their agenda in 2023.

These two sides have met just twice in the Premier League thus far, as Brentford did the double over West Ham last season. Ahead of the latest meeting between the two sides, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the Premier League encounter at the London stadium.

Team News & Tactics

West Ham United

 

David Moyes will have make do without the services of three key first-team players. Kurt Zouma (knee), who got injured in a friendly against Fulham, which was staged over the World Cup break, has an unknown return date. Summer signing Gianluca Scamacca (ankle) got injured in the same friendly.

While he will be back to training in a few days, he will likely miss this game. Finally, Maxwel Cornet (calf) is also not expected to return for the next three weeks. Nayef Aguerd, who was part of the Moroccan side that made history at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, only returned on Christmas Eve and has been sidelined by a mix of illness and injury.

Despite the loss to Arsenal, Moyes will probably opt for his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation and could retain the majority of the XI against Brentford. Lukasz Fabianski should remain between the sticks for the Hammers. And while there are unlikely to be any changes in front of him in the defensive rearguard either, this is largely down to injuries to regulars like Zouma and Aguerd.

There is a school of thought among the West ham faithful that Thilo Kehrer’s tenacious, energetic, and ball-playing attributes are more suited to the defensive midfield role, given that Tomas Soucek has underperformed massively this season and the former PSG defender’s occasional defensive lapses. However, Moyes is unlikely to risk experimenting with that in this game, which may decide his fate.

One change that could happen is Pablo Fornals replacing Soucek as Declan Rice’s partner in the West Ham engine room against Brentford, as the Spaniard will bring more fluidity and an injection of pace and intensity to this stale Hammers side.

He also nearly added a goal in the 3-1 defeat at Arsenal, but his fine shot was brilliantly saved by Aaron Ramsdale. Lucas Paqueta might have impressed during his time with Brazil at the World Cup, but he has so far struggled to make a real impact in the Premier League despite showcasing flashes of brilliance.

Saïd Benrahma should retain his spot on the left after he bagged himself a penalty against Arsenal. But the Hammers need to get the ball more to Jarrod Bowen, who will have to come up with a few ideas using his directness and speed to pose a threat to the visitors.

Michail Antonio, if fit, will spearhead the line for the hosts. But given that the Jamaican international did not look fully fit against Arsenal, Moyes may have to look to youngster Divin Mubama to lead the West Ham attack in what would be his first Premier League start.

Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Coufal, Dawson, Kehrer, Cresswell; Rice, Fornals; Bowen, Paqueta, Benrahma; Antonio

Brentford

Unlike his counterpart in the West Ham dugout, Brentford boss Thomas Frank does not have any fresh injury concerns to contend with ahead of the trip to the London Stadium. In fact, a host of Brentford players are on the verge of returning from long-term injuries, although they may not feature on Friday. Aaron Hickey (ankle) and Thomas Strakosha (ankle) are all on their way back from injuries.

The only first-team players out of this tie for Brentford are centre-back Kristoffer Ajer (knee), and midfielder Shandon Baptiste (adductor strain), while Frank Onyeka faces a late fitness test to assess his hamstring issue.

Continuing to gain plenty of plaudits for their attacking approach under Thomas Frank, Brentford should be salivating at the prospect of rubbing salt over the wounds by causing an upset at West Ham. Frank will set his side up in his favoured 3-5-2 system in front of goalkeeper David Raya, and could well keep with the same XI that took to the field against Tottenham last time out.

 

So, Ben Mee will continue to marshal the back three alongside Mathias Jorgensen and Ethan Pinnock. In the absence of Hickey, Mads Roerslev has come in at right-back and done a decent job of offering width and making marauding runs. Meanwhile, Rico Henry will continue on the opposite flank.

The Bees like to play the ball out from the back to attract opposition pressure and create space in behind and wide areas. However, to do that, the three midfielders, Christian Norgaard, Mathias Jensen, and Vitaly Janelt, will have to condense the space in the middle of the park with their tenacity and intent to press.

Despite being under investigation by the FA, Ivan Toney is likely to play for Brentford. Indeed, Toney has until January 4 to provide a response to the charges and can continue to play for his club while the investigation is underway. He will pair up with partner in crime, Bryan Mbeumo, in the final third.

Probable Lineup (3-5-2): Raya; Jorgensen, Pinnock, Mee; Roerslev, Jensen, Norgaard, Janelt, Henry; Mbeumo, Toney

Key Stats

  • Brentford have played more draws (8) than any other team in the Premier League, while the hosts have suffered the joint-most defeats (10) in the division.
  • West Ham United have only kept three clean sheets in 16 Premier League games this season, which is the joint-third lowest total in the league.
  • Thankfully for West Ham, Brentford are not the meanest defensively themselves, having only kept one clean sheet in their eight league away games.
  • West Ham have lost their last four Premier League matches, while the visitors are on a four-match unbeaten streak.
  • West Ham have conceded at least two goals in their last three Premier League matches.

Player to Watch

Ivan Toney

Off-field controvery aside, Toney has been in red-hot goalscoring form and has scored 11 goals in 15 games for the Bees this term, earning an England call-up prior to the World Cup. The 26-year-old scored Brentford’s second against Tottenham and has now found the net in each of his last three appearances.

It remains to be seen what the ramifications would be if he were proven guilty for his heavy involvement in football betting. If he is banned from football for an extended period of time, it will be a major setback for Brentford, since Toney is a key part of Thomas Frank’s system and their most important player.

Prediction

West Ham United 2-2 Brentford

West Ham had a second-half capitulation on Boxing Day as they let a 1-0 lead at half-time slip to lose 3-1 at Premier League leaders Arsenal. And this defensive vulnerability might come back to bite them in their final game of 2022. What we can predict from both sides is plenty of fragility in defence. Both teams have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last seven games.

West Ham’s troubles this season have resulted from their inability to consistently put the ball in the back of the net and create chances. However, they will fancy their chances to score against Brentford, who have played out five draws in their last seven competitive games. So, an entertaining 2-2 thriller could well be on the cards.

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