West Ham United won the first of their two-legged UECL tie with AZ Alkmaar tonight, meaning they’ll head to the weekend feeling pretty confident.
They’ll need that confidence, as the next match is a visit to Brentford, and that will prove to be a tricky, challenging fixture for them. Let’s preview this one.
West Ham United vs Brentford FYIs
Kickoff: Sun. May 14, 2pm GMT, GTech Community Stadium, London, UK
West Ham United Starting XI Prediction: go here
Transatlantic Passage: How the Premier League Redefined Soccer in America: LINK
Google Result Probability: West Ham 27% Draw 27% Brentford FC 46%
PL Form West Ham WLLLW Brentford FC LWWDL
PL Standings West Ham 15th, 37 pts Brentford FC 9th, 50 pts
Team News for Both Sides
The Hammers basically have a clean bill of health here, or at least no new fitness concerns. The Irons trio of injury absentees remains the same: Gianluca Scamacca (knee), Kurt Zouma (ankle) and Vladimir Coufal (hamstring).
Switching over to the Bees, Thomas Strakosha (calf) is a doubt for this one. Meanwhile the following triad of players are not going to feature again this season: Pontus Jansson (hamstring), Christian Norgaard (Achilles) and Keane Lewis-Potter (knee).
So we’ll see if the Bees can sting their opposition in this London derby, and with that, move closer towards securing a finish on the first page of the standings.
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