“If I’m not mistaken,” you are not Peter Oh, “Bournemouth’s keeper Murara Neto is one of three Brazil international keepers who are regular starters in the Premier League! (Liverpool’s Alisson Becker and Man City’s Ederson are the others.) Is this indicative of some sort of golden age of number ones from the South American footballing giant?”
It certainly looks like it.
It looks like Unai Emery is on his way back to the Premier League to manage Aston Villa. He must be desperate to prove himself in England.
I always forget Kevin Nolan is part of the West Ham backroom staff.
This cracking Donald McRae interview with Micah Richards is well worth your time.
Good to see Benrahma start tonight for West Ham. An exciting player who has done well in his cameos and deserves the chance to show what he can do for longer.
One of West Ham’s absentees …
West Ham: Fabianski, Johnson, Cresswell, Zouma, Kehrer, Rice, Soucek, Downes, Bowen, Benrahma, Scamacca.
Subs: Areola, Randolph, Coufal, Fornals, Antonio, Lanzini, Obgonna, Coventry, Emerson.
Bournemouth: Neto, Fredericks, Senesi, Mepham, Smith, Christie, Lerma, Cook, Billing, Tavernier, Solanke.
Subs: Travers, Stephens, Rothwell, Stacey, Stanislas, Moore, Pearson, Anthony, Zemura.
Gary O’Neil returns to one of his former clubs, West Ham, still titled as caretaker manager despite a fine record since taking over from Scott Parker. He has been in temporary change so long he is now on the third British prime minister of his reign.
Bournemouth suffered their first loss under O’Neil in midweek at home to Southampton. That defeat means O’Neil has his first challenge as his managerial career and West Ham is a bad place to arrive needing a little pick me up.
The Hammers sit two points above the relegation zone with 11 points from as many games but they have won their past four home fixtures. Another victory tonight would lift them from 17th into 10th, a sign of how tight it is in the lower half of the table. Meanwhile three points for Bournemouth would send them into the top half.
The teams have scored 19 goals in 22 matches between them so do not expect a ripsnorter of a match at the London Stadium.
Let’s hope for a cracker!
Kick-off: 8pm BST