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West Ham United 14/15 Season Preview



Manager: Sam Allardyce

Captain: Kevin Nolan

Ground: The Boleyn Ground

Capacity: 35,016

Seasons in the PL*: 2

Highest Finish: 5th – 98/99

Worst Finish: 20th – 10/11

Key Player: Andy Carroll – The ousted England International has not started a season injury free since joining The Hammers on a £15million deal from Liverpool. The towering forward only netted twice last season, the West Ham fans will want to see a better return to justify his price tag this season. An increasingly deadly partnership with club captain Kevin Nolan will define the number 9’s season this year. Big Sam will need his target man if they stand any chance of survival this season.


Enner Valenica – Pachuca

Aaron Cresswell – Ipswich Town

Cheikhou Kouyate – Anderlecht

Diego Poyet – Charlton Athletic

Mauro Zarate – Velez Sarsfield


Joe Cole – Aston Villa

Jack Collinson – Wigan Athletic (Loan)

Stephen Henderson – Charlton Athletic

Sean Maguire – Sligo Rovers (Loan)

Raphael Spiegel – Crawley Town (Loan)

Ravel Morrisson – QPR (Loan)

Matthew Taylor – Burnley

Blair Turgott – Dagenham and Redbridge (Loan)

Rumored Arrivals

Christian Atsu – Chelsea (Loan)

Pedro Obiang – Sampdoria (Transfer)

Jack Rodwell – Manchester City (Transfer)

Yevhen Konoplyanka – Dnipro (Transfer)

Carl Jenkinson – Arsenal (Loan)


A 13th place finish for the Hammers saw them see out a relatively successful campaign. Their highest point of the season saw them complete a hat-trick of wins over London rivals Spurs, with their lowest coming to Championship Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, losing 5-0. Four successive wins over lower end opposition saw Big Sam save them from relegation for another season.

The Hammers will need to strengthen considerably in this current transfer window, especially in attack. Attacking midfielder Kevin Nolan finished the clubs top goal scorer on only seven goals. The London based team will struggle against the power of the top teams, especially in the centre of defence, with an average of 18 shots conceded per game.

Expectations: 11th – If Big Sam can grab a 20-goal-a-season goal scorer then they might stand a chance of a decent finish. A centre back may be needed to bolster that defence too.


Recommended Bet - West Ham to be relegated is at a decent 6/1 with Bet365 here.


*Since Promotion



With the football season drawing ever nearer, Weekend Football takes a look at the favourites to win the top domestic leagues in Europe.

are offering great odds on the following to win their leagues:

To Win Outright

Premier League:

Chelsea are 15/8 favourites for the title, Man City are 9/4. With Manchester United coming in close second at 9/2, the bookies obviously think that the introduction of Van Gaal will definitely put United up there.

I think the value here has to be Arsenal. They are currently 6/1 and it must be worth a £10 each way bet for sure, bagging you £100 if they win the league!


Bayern Munich are 1/6 favourites, Dortmund are 6/1. Munich are a certain favourite here. Unless it’s on an accumulator there isn’t much value.

La Liga:

Real Madrid are slight favourites at 5/6, Barca are 11/10. This has to be one of the hardest to call if you’re betting in this division. Madrid have signed James and boast a forward line of; Kroos, Bale, Ronaldo, James and Benzema. Whereas Barcelona have a mouth watering attack of; Messi, Neymar, Suarez and Rakatic. With Atletico Madrid’s squad being picked to pieces, they’re currently at 14/1 to retain their title.

Champions League:

Real Madrid and Bayern Munich both 4/1.  The champions are the obvious favourites here with Munich a close second. There isn’t much doubt that these are the two that will be contesting in Berlin on the 6th June 2015.

Who else will be in contention to be the Champions of Europe? Tweet us @weekendfootball

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World Cup Final Preview

Germany and Argentina will revive memories of the World Cup finals gone by at the Maracana on Sunday, with both sides remembering the history of the fixture with mixed emotions.

ger v arg

Both of their last World Cup triumphs came against each other, with Germany crowned champions after defeating the Argentines 1-0 in 1990, with the 1986 final being the last time the South Americans won the trophy after edging out West Germany in Mexico, 3-2.

Joachim Loew’s men have had the upper hand in their most recent World Cup contests, defeating Argentina on penalties on home soil in 2006, before thumping Maradona’s men 4-0 in South Africa.

Should they triumph at the Maracana, Germany will make history as the first ever European side to win a World Cup on Latin American soil. Despite their annihilation of the hosts, native support in Brazil is likely to be behind Die Mannschaft due to them playing the Selecao’s fiercest rivals.

Argentina have the slight edge in matches played between the two sides, with nine wins compared to Germany’s six. Interestingly, both teams have put 28 goals past each other over their previous encounters. Best odds for an Argentina win can be found here.

Argentina have only scored eight goals in the run up to the final, compared to Germany’s 17. After their drubbing of the hosts, the Germans are now the highest scorers in World Cup history with 223 goals, overtaking Brazil. However, the Argentines have conceded no goals in the knockout stages of the competition and only three in total during the tournament, keeping four cleans sheets overall.

All eyes will be on Lionel Messi, who at the age of 27, will be playing in his first World Cup final. He so far has four goals and one assist to his name. The Argentines will be hoping that arguably the greatest player of his generation will be able to summon the spirit of Diego Maradona and honour the memory of recently deceased Alfredo Di Stefano by leading them to victory on the soil of their bitterest rivals.

Miroslav Klose became the highest World Cup goal scorer with his goal against Brazil in the semi-final, but the man in form for Germany has been Thomas Muller. The Bayern forward has struck five goals and three assists and is just one goal away from claiming the Golden Boot.

Germany are expected to be unchanged from their line-up which started against Brazil, while fit again Sergio Aguero may be included in the Argentina line-up. Angel Di Maria continues to struggle with a thigh problem and will be monitored up until kick-off, with the Argentines hoping he will be fit enough to start.


Germany win – best odds herethe best attack of the World Cup comes up against one of the meanest defences. Germany’s mauling of Brazil will be fresh in the minds of the Argentines, who may adopt a more conservative approach to the game than their European opponents.

Despite Argentina’s impressive defensive record the Germans posses a goal threat in each area of the field, even their keeper looks like he could do a job in midfield! This may be the game where Argentina’s resilience breaks.

Hot tip:

Under 2.5 goals – best odds here despite possessing arguably the best player in the world, Argentina have lacked invention in front of goal, shown by their low goal tally of 8. With football’s biggest prize at stake, nerves may stifle Germany’s play, but we expect them to break the Argentina defence and win by a goal to nil.