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Match Preview: Brentford vs West Ham United

All the build-up to tomorrow's Hammers clash

9 April 2022

Our first meeting with West Ham United gave us one of the moments of the season so far as Yoane Wissa netted a dramatic injury-time winner. Tomorrow we get the chance to complete our first double of the campaign when The Hammers head across London for their visit to TW8. Get all the big match build-up below. 

THE OPPOSITION

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David Moyes has built on a positive campaign last time out with West Ham heading to TW8 tomorrow afternoon still with a real shout of a top four finish while also continuing to make waves in the Europa League. 

Thursday night's 1-1 draw at home to Lyon means it all to play for next week in their Europa League Quarter-Final Second Leg while this afternoon's results leave The Hammers six points off the Premier League's Champions League spots. 

West Ham won 12 of their opening 19 games in all competitions but, as the injuries hit, their form has started to slip. The Hammers haven't recorded back-to-back league wins since the New Year with their form since then bringing five wins, two draws, and four defeats. They are without a win on the road since Crystal Palace on the opening day of 2022.

No West Ham player is in double figures for Premier League goals this term, Jarrod Bowen (9) and Michail Antonio (8) (pictured above) leading the scoring charts.  

THE GAMEPLAN

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Writing for Hot Off The Press The Athletic's Roshane Thomas, outlined West Ham's likely team selection: "You only have to look at the last 10 games or so – it never changes! The back four will likely be Aaron Cresswell at left-back, Craig Dawson and Kurt Zouma at centre-back and Ben Johnson at right-back as Vladimir Coufal will be touch-and-go for that; in midfield, Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek; on the left flank Pablo Fornals, Manual Lanzini as a No 10, Said Benrahma on the right and Michail Antonio up front.

TEAM NEWS

Josh Dasilva (hamstring) and Frank Onyeka (ankle) are unavailable but, other than that, Thomas Frank has a fully fit squad to choose from.  

Manuel Lanzini is still taking things slowly following his car crash while Ben Johnson (hamstring) and Vladimir Coufal (hernia) were included in West Ham's squad for Thursday's Europa League outing after their issues. 

MATCH STATS

  • Brentford have earned 11 points from Premier League London derbies so far this season (W3 D2 L3), with only Chelsea (18) earning more. The last London side to earn more in their first season in the competition was West Ham United in 1993/94 (14).
  • The Bees have won all three Premier League matches that Christian Eriksen has started this season – for Brentford in those matches combined, he has completed the most passes (111), played the most passes into the box (26) and no player has created more chances than the Dane (five).
  • West Ham boss David Moyes has won nine of his last 12 Premier League matches against newly-promoted sides (D2 L1), although his one defeat came at home against Brentford earlier in the season. The only two promoted sides to complete a league double over Moyes in a season are West Brom (2010/11 v Everton) and Middlesbrough (2016/17 v Sunderland).
  • Ten of West Ham's 15 Premier League wins this season have been by a single goal margin, with only Wolves (11) having enjoyed more such victories this term.

THE MANAGER

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Glasgow-born, David Moyes' playing career began with Celtic where he won the Scottish Premier Division in 1982. Spells with Cambridge United, Bristol City, Shrewsbury Town, Dunfermline Athletic, and Hamilton followed before he joined Preston in 1993. 

As player, coach, and then manager, Moyes would spend almost a decade at Deepdale, winning promotion from the Fourth Tier as a player in 1996 and the third tier as manager in 2000. In March 2002 Moyes took the manager's job at Everton, a position he would hold for 11 years. He was twice voted LMA Manager of the Year while at Goodison Park before Manchester United tasked him as the man to replace Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013. His tenure at Old Trafford lasted just ten months before he was sacked with United seventh in the Premier League. 

Year-long spells with Real Sociedad and Sunderland followed before Moyes took charge of West Ham in November 2017. He saved The Hammers from relegation but left in May 2018 after not being offered a new contract. He returned to East London in December 2019 to replace Manuel Pelligrini and he has since gone on to develop a talented group of players.

THE OPPOSITION VIEW

David Moyes told whufc.com: "You have to say they’ve done a really good at Brentford. And they've got a good model. They’re a club who decided one way they wanted to go and they’ve worked on it for a few years now.

"I think you need to give a lot of praise for what they've done. You’ve seen that staying in the Premier League is not easy when you look at the quality of the teams and the challenges you've got, so they’re doing a really good job at Brentford."

LAST TIME OUT 

THE OFFICIALS

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Referee: Martin Aktinson

Assistant Referees: Lee Betts and Constantine Hatzidakis

Fourth Official: Simon Hooper 

VAR: Lee Mason

Assistant VAR: Darren Cann

West Ham United 21/22

267 fouls - Third-fewest in Premier League

37 yellow cards - Third-Fewest in Premier League

2 red cards - Third-most in Premier League

MATCHDAY INFO

Families who arrive in the area early will be able to take part in fun free family activities in the car park at London Museum of Water and Steam.

Come along between 11am and 1pm and test the power of your shot with our speed cage and try your skills with our freestyler. There will also be a face painter, a balloon modeller, a Panini card swap shop and giveaways. Read more here.

HOW TO FOLLOW

Tomorrow's game will be shown around the world through the Premier League's broadcast partners. Click here to see if it is on where you are

In the UK, the game is only on Bees Player. Brentford Women's FC Head Coach Karleigh Osborne joins Mark Burridge for live commentary. 

Wherever you are around the globe, you can always keep across the action on our Twitter and Instagram feeds.  


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