West Ham – Villa; I don’t have a clue.

Another stupid kick off time means it has to be another Villa game.
I think the headline sums this one up pretty well actually.
I don’t mean I don’t have a clue in general (although some might think that), but it’s more that we’re capable of any result possible and we’re already showing major inconsistency.
My points prediction for the games up to christmas have already gone out of the window, after all.

We’re just so hard to predict aren’t we?
Look at the teams we’ve beaten and then the teams we’ve lost to and you’d pretty much say that it’s 100% the opposite of what you’d expect.
Add in the fact that we’ve lost three games at home and won three games away already and well, what chance have you got?
I think I’ve given up with predictions for a while and anything now will be more based on hope.

Squad news and Guilbert and Hause are both training, but won’t be ready.
Keinan Davis is apparently fit, so will almost certainly make the bench, but it’s doubtful he’ll start, although questions have been asked about Smith going with two up front. I just don’t see it.
I’ve just seens a report that Traore is doubtful, but I’m not seeing anything to back that up.

The main news(?) is that Ross Barkley is out and the question is who comes in to replace him?
The clever money says it’ll be Conor Hourihane, but it was interesting that Dean Smith preferred Traore over him when Barkley went off last week.
It makes you wonder how much the manager rates the Irishman, but there’s no other logical starter.
Lansbury was notable for his absence when the Mail did a training ground article and there may have been a simple explanation for that, but I don’t think he’d be in the frame anyway.

Our squad is horrendously thin isn’t it? and the question will inevitably be will we be entering the market for reinforcements in the window? but that’s for another day.

As for the Hammers, Michail Antonio could return tonight having missed three matches due to a hamstring problem.
Andriy Yarmolenko has been in self-isolation because of a positive Covid-19 test and it’s not known if he’ll be ready.

They’re fully fit otherwise.

So no predictions based on logic then and it’s purely heart-based.

Where, even so, I’ve got us to lose this one, 0-1.

Well, I might as well. Everytime I say draw or win, I invariably get it wrong.

UTV!

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    Hitchens60 December 9, 2020 at 6:53 pm .

    In the spirit of eternal optimism, and with Jimenez sidelined, I’m going for a draw.

    Must be odds on as we haven’t managed one yet this season – but then what do I know?

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    Little8 December 10, 2020 at 11:41 pm .

    My heart and head thinks we will get better we are a good team now just need a bit more kuck and composure.

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    Little8 December 10, 2020 at 11:42 pm .

    Luck

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    nath December 12, 2020 at 9:45 am .

    badger / hitch one of you is slacking lmao its 12.30 ko derby day. we need a preview. i know its christmas nearly so we forgive but get a move on please lol

    its nice to see other fans post about how pleased they are well more happier than this time last season. we are progressing, sometimes you can play well and not get what you deserve for one reason or another. holte mentioned in hos post we got robbed at the end of last two. so that and we missed or chances and gifted one or two in both them combined to us slipping up,

    but heard smith state performances are there and the results will follow. its usually been the opposite with us play crap and defend for the entire game and sneak a win from a set piece. we are a totally different beast under smith. we are quite decent with the ball and very strong at countering fast, we are getting better without the ball too.

    today is a difficult game. wolves also love countering and thats their speciality, they sit deeper and counter. were we press higher and try to counter winning ball higher. not sure how this game will play out. somebody is gonna have to change their game slightly. i think we are a match for most and wolves are no different . if we can get another high performance, with no errors we will give them a game. i think it start cagey,this game could be decided on the team which doesn’t over commit themselves

    leeds last two games have been revealing. they looked buggered in both last night they were themselves first half but they couldnt take their chances. second half they stopped working totally buggered. they will have to start picking up points or they will end up being dragged into a relegation fight. hahaha

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      nath December 12, 2020 at 10:00 am .

      forgot to post my prediction 2 2 draw

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