It’s a good bad season for West Ham United. Or maybe it’s a bad good season. Next month the Hammers can end their European trophy drought, of 57 years, and that’s a good thing. Even if they have to do it via UEFA Europa Conference League. Also, for the Hammers to have spend much of the year in the relegation conversation, while having a summer net spend of -€172.4m, speaks of volumes of their transfer business.
They obviously made some bad signings, as their ROI from the €194m they threw down was rather poor.
Championship Sunday FYIs
West Ham United at Leicester City
Kickoff: Sun May 28, 4:30pm, King Power Stadium
PL Form: West Ham United WLWWW Leicester City DLLDD
Team News for Both Sides: go here
Transatlantic Passage: How the Premier League Redefined Soccer in America: LINK
PL Standing: Leicester 18th, 31 pts West Ham United 14th, 40 pts
Google Result Probability: West Ham United 27% Draw 25% Leicester 48%
With an eye on the cup final in early June, look for David Moyes to do some squad rotation here. Not a totally weakened side, but some starters take a rest. And possibly a short league fixture farewell cameo for Declan Rice off the bench? A move to Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United potentially awaits.
West Ham United Starting XI at Leicester City
Arreola; Johnson, Coufal, Zouma, Cresswell; Fornals, Downes, Lanzini; Bowen, Benrahma, Ings
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