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Premier League Preview: West Ham United

A look at The Hammers ahead of the new season

4 July 2021

We’ll come up against West Ham United this season for the first time in a competitive fixture since 1993 following our promotion to the Premier League.

2020/21 REPORT

League Position: 6th (Premier League)
Top League Goalscorer: Michael Antonio and Tomáš Souček
Stadium: London Stadium
Capacity: 66,000 (Seated Capacity)

West Ham United's 2020/21 season will certainly be one to remember having finished sixth in the division- their highest place since returning to the Premier League in 2012. Recent campaigns have seen them battle around mid table, but a well drilled and talented squad saw them have an impressive season that they will hope to build on. The side actually began the campaign with back-to-back defeats against Newcastle United and Arsenal before they went four unbeaten as they beat the likes of Wolves and Leicester City and drew with Tottenham and Manchester City. Four consecutive wins followed at the turn of the year and they then went on to pick up more victories against Aston Villa, Sheffield United and Tottenham. They ended the campaign with two wins to secure themselves sixth with their final match a 3-0 win over Southampton.

THE MANAGER

David Moyes is highly experienced at this level having tasted management in the Premier League first in 2002. A promising spell with Preston North End saw him picked up by Everton and he remained there for 11 years before Manchester United came calling in 2013 as the Scot succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson. He departed Old Trafford after one season at the helm and opted to move to Spain to take charge of Real Sociedad in a new challenge for the experienced manager. In 2016, he moved to the north east of England to take charge of Sunderland and then West Ham in 2017 with the aim of saving them from relegation. He confirmed their place in the Premier League for the following campaign before departing in May 2018 after not being offered a new contract. He returned to East London in December 2019 as he replaced Manuel Pelligrini and he has since gone on to develop a talented group of players who will be looking for more in the new season.

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LAST MEETING

That match back in 1993 saw The Bees beaten 4-0 at Upton Park with Peter Butler, Kevin Keen, Trevor Morley and Martin Allen grabbing the goals. In more recent times, The Bees travelled to the London Stadium in a pre-season friendly prior to the beginning of last season. The Hammers won the friendly 2-1 with Marcus Forss grabbing Brentford's only goal.


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