West Ham will be looking for their first London derby win in seven games against Tottenham tomorrow. The Hammers have drawn five and lost twice against their London rivals since a 1-0 win over Chelsea last December. Manuel Pellegrini’s side are looking to use the international break as a pit stop to revitalise a lacklustre start to the season. More was expected from a new look side that saw heavy investment during the summer. That is in stark contrast to a Spurs side that made no new signings during the summer. Mauricio Pochettino’s men sit in fifth place, 11 points ahead of West Ham after just seven games. However, The Irons will be encouraged by their record against their North-London opponents. Against no other side have they won more Premier League games, with 14 victories.
David Moyes has become a laughing stock. The Manchester United job was a disaster. Real Sociedad was a damp squib. As for Sunderland, that was the disaster to end all footballing disasters. But is he actually a bad manager? As for all, there was a reason he got the United job (and not just on the technicality of a legend that recommended him). The serene nature of his last eight seasons at Everton, in which he delivered at least 8th place in all of them, seems a far cry from the uncertainty that has largely followed. There was once a time when the Scot was roundly admired for his ability to spot a bargain, to organise a side, and to squeeze every last drop out of them. So why has that changed? Could it be possible that each of his failures since Everton have involved insurmoun...
This weekend saw mixed fortunes for our London clubs, with another tumultuous Premier League season reaching matchday ten, as The Voice of London reports... Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur The first match of the weekend saw disappointment for the highest placed London side, with Spurs going down to a third consecutive 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford. The match seemed to hinge on a crucial miss from Dele Alli in the 77th minute that would have put The Lilywhites 1-0 up. As it happened, just four minutes later Anthony Martial pounced on a Romelu Lukaku flick on to send Tottenham home with nothing. Mauricio Pochettino was understandably disappointed after the game, telling the BBC: "It was an even game. It was a shame to lose. The chances were for one and then the other. It was
Roy Hodgson was keen to downplay the notion that this weekend’s clash against West Ham in particular is a ‘must win’ game for Crystal Palace, who sit bottom of the Premier League with just three points. At Thursday’s press conference, he said: “I don’t believe in ‘must win’ matches because I don't know how you get a team to win the must win game. The only way to win a must win game is if you are good enough and if you're better than the opposition.” https://twitter.com/CPFC/status/923577335093366784 He added: “for me every game is a must win game and if we climb out of the relegation zone I will still tell the players it’s a must win to get higher up the table.” The Crystal Palace manager was wary of overstating the confidence gained from the performances against Chelsea and Ne