Sam Allardyce will be hoping his West Ham side can earn another valuable three points with a win over Harry Redknapp’s QPR.
West Ham United v Queens Park Rangers
A meeting of two teams with quite different outlooks on how their seasons have gone to date. The Hammers have bounced back well from an opening day defeat to Spurs, scoring in every game since with new signing Diafra Sakho scoring a goal in each of his last three matches.
Sakho arrived with much less fanfare than strike partner Enner Valencia, coming from French League 2 outfit Metz, but he’s fitted in seamlessly so far. Big Sam was aggrieved to have, what would been, an equalizing goal chalked off against Man United last week, so he’ll be looking to his team to take out their frustrations on QPR.
Harry Redknapp’s men have displayed some fighting spirit in their last two games, twice coming from behind to draw with Stoke before being narrowly beaten by a piece of Graziano Pelle magic against Southampton. A big improvement on the “performances” shown against Spurs and Man United.
They are however suffering somewhat of a midfield crisis, with an injury list that includes Joey Barton, Sandro, Jordan Mutch, and Adel Taarabt.
Expect ‘Arry to come out with a “bare bones” comment around the time of this game. Rio Ferdinand returns to the club where it all started for him, albeit needing to start to produce some performances of the level that QPR fans would be expecting of someone with his experience and class.
West Ham United – Adrian, Tomkins, Reid, Cresswell, Demel, Amilfitano, Poyet, Song, Downing, Sakho, Valencia
Queens Park Rangers – Green, Traore, Ferdinand, Caulker, Isla, Sandro, Fer, Kranjcar, Phillips, Hoilett, Austin
QPR’s struggles will continue this weekend with a disappointing loss at Upton Park.
West Ham 2-1 QPR
Gavin Bergin, Pundit Arena.