West Ham United v Brentford – Football & Racing News – Star Sports

West Ham United host Brentford on a crisp Monday evening where both sides are desperate for a win after suffering from slumps, writes LEWIS WILLIAMS.

West Ham arrive at their London Stadium winless since the dawn of 2024 and in a serious slump that puts them in 19th place in the Premier League based on the last 5 fixtures.

That is especially worrying considering their last five outings have included opponents like Sheffield United, Bournemouth, and Nottingham Forest. It’s safe to say the Hammers have looked a shadow of themselves from earlier in the season.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches – 10 years)
NOV 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Brentford 3-2 West Ham
MAY 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Brentford 2-0 West Ham
JAN 2023 FA CUP Brentford 0-1 West Ham
DEC 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 0-2 Brentford
APR 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Brentford 2-0 West Ham
OCT 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 1-2 Brentford
JUL 2021 FRIENDLY Brentford 0-1 West Ham
AUG 2020 FRIENDLY West Ham 2-1 Brentford

Precocious season scalps included taking three points against Spurs (A) and Manchester United (H) but now they see themselves on an 8-match win drought, including a 6-0 pounding at home to Arsenal – a side they beat impressively beat 2-0 on the road at the Emirates in the reverse fixture.

It’s not just wins that have dried up but goals too. 3-14 in their last 5 matches isn’t pretty viewing and a mere 10 goals scored in their last 10 games puts them just one above Burnley and equal to Sheffield United – hardly two clubs you want to be associated with this season.

Jarrod Bowen’s phenomenal goalscoring record that saw him closely matched to Haaland and Salah some months ago has slowed significantly and with just one goal from his last eight matches, he’ll be hoping the return of Michail Antonio after a three-month injury absence eases his burden.

All of the above has led to David Moyes being a prominent 3/1 favourite with some firms to be the next manager to leave. Is he the right man to take the Hammers to the next level? I imagine their campaign in the Europa League playoffs, starting next week against Freiburg will dictate the answers to that question.

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Brentford travel eastwards to West Ham after what was a surprisingly polished display against Manchester City where the Bees had some good early chances. Flekken in goal was also superb and Ben Mee in defence had some great moments including a clearance on the line.

Despite that fair 1-0 showing in Manchester, Brentford have conceded 23 goals in their last 10 league games and the reprisal of Ivan Toney to the squad after his ban hasn’t provided an immediate fix to all of their issues despite scoring 4 goals in 6 appearances. This is illustrated by only earning 3 points in their last 5 Premier League games.

The clinical nature seen by Frank’s men in their 2-0 win in Wolverhampton just 16 days ago was a sight to behold and if they can rediscover that performance which included nearly 2 Expected Goals with just 28% possession, they would be favourable to put a couple past a vulnerable West Ham.

VERDICT
The last five Premier League matches for both sides combined have involved a total of 34 goals and with West Ham’s recent defensive record that’s seen them fail to keep a clean sheet since January 2nd, there’s no reason to assume tonight will be a low scoring affair. Combine this with the return of Antonio for the Hammers, over 3.5 goals is a bet at 9/5 with starsports.bet

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Author: Eugene Morris