Thursday, 15 December 2016

West Ham - Hull

PICK: West Ham AH -0,75 @1,847 PINNACLE 4/10

Match between 15th and 19th placed team in English Premier league will be played on Saturday at 16:00 on London Stadium.


West Ham is coming to match after beating Burnley at home. After catastrophic result against Arsenal (1-5), they played much better against Liverpool (2-2), and in last match they finally took all 3 points. One of they're biggest treat in last season were crosses, specially from Cresswell to Carrol, but Andy played only on 4 matches this season and I expect better performances of West Ham with him back in squad. 

Hull won they're first away match this season against Swansea, after that they took point in Burnley, and those 3 points were everything what they reached in 8 away matches. Bournemouth killed them with 6 goals, Sunderland with 3, and the main problem is that they can not find themselves. They're performances are just poor. They are trying to somehow play wide with 3-5-1-1 formation, but they are letting every single team to create many chances and as it looks it will be really hard to avoid relegation for them.

I learned that winning 2nd balls are really important in PL. Looking at those two teams, West Ham is the team who will have advantage here. They are better in aerial duels, and I believe that with Andy in squad, they're percentage of winning aerial duels will be even bigger. Even if winning 2nd balls is not all about winning aerial duels, there is another thing which I would like to point out. Set pieces. Another element of football, really popular and important in England, and also here with Payet in team there is no doubt who will be in advantage. Besides, Hull is one of the teams, making lots of fouls in dangerous areas, which means that they are too late at closing down and all of that are just problems for away team. It's true that West Ham is not playing fabulous, but in my opinion 15th place is not reality for them.

FT: 1-0

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