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Thursday, 14 August 2008

West Ham United: Premier League preview and prediction 2008/9

Alan Curbishley is the bookies favourite to leave his club first this season, and given that about half the division will lose faith in their manager in the coming months its a fair bet that Curbishley will need a good start to the season if he is to avoid coming under sustained pressure. But the new signings do not look particularly exciting and with the credit crunch hurting everywhere The Hammers are having to sell to buy this summer.

Last season West Ham drifted to finish in a comfortable tenth place on 49 points, the owners will inevitably expect more this season - but the squad doesn't inspire much faith that West Ham can even match 2007/8. I'm expecting West Ham to decline by three or four points and in the most congested part of the table that could cost them two or three places.

TRANSFERS TO DATE Ins: Valon Behrami (Lazio), Balint Bajner (Liberty Salonta), Jan Lastuvka (Shakhtar Donetsk, loan).

Outs: John Pantsil (Fulham), Bobby Zamora (Fulham), Richard Wright (Ipswich).

RECENT LEAGUE FINISHES Recent league position: 10-15-9-26-24 Recent league points: 49-41-55-37*-37*

SPREAD BETTING Sporting Index final position prediction: 11th Sporting Index points prediction: 46 - 47.50 points

A buy will be profitable if West Ham can get 48 points or more; last season they achieved 49.

Example: £10 buy West Ham season points at 47.5 West Ham get 58 points: You win £105 West Ham get 53 points: You win £55 West Ham get 48 points: You win £5 West Ham get 43 points: You lose £45 West Ham get 38 points: You lose £95 and so on

PREDICTION Finish 13th, 42-47 points

COMMENTS

Jamie Robertson

This is probably a reasonable projection. That being said, if we can avoid the horrendous injury woes of last year we should improve on our point total and challenge for a top sixth finish.
My biggest hope is that Curbishley will finally realize that the fans want to see West Ham football - attacking, creative, passionate football - not Charlton survival football. Hwever, I do not believe he is the man to take West Ham to the next level. We probably need a non-English manager to change gears and challenge the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool et al.

jaadd

Although the hammers haven't made any real signings apart from Behrami, several players who were injured most of last season have returned to fitness. Examples: Ashton, Faubert, Etherington and Davenport.
I feel the hammers are in with a good shout for Europe this season

aphammer

I do not believe that my hammers will even reach 10th place this season. The blame seems to be placed on Curbs, while the new owners are not investing in the club at all. We sold the Z man and Pantsil, let Solano go, paid off Freddy and who we got, Bahrami for 5million. Is this the investment in West Ham they promised at the beginning? The talk about a new stadium has by now all but died totally. The season ticket prices have gone up, for what?
It is not Curbs but the new owners who are investing less than Terry Brown did. With them in power we will struggle to stay in the prem. league.

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