West Ham - Fulham Preview: Carroll poised to make Hammers debut following loan switch
Sam Allardyce will be looking for a response from his players after a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Swansea while Martin Jol will be without Moussa Dembele after he joined Spurs
By Shane Farrington
Demel, Tomkins, Collins, McCartney
Vaz Te, Nolan, Jarvis
Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise
Duff, Diarra, Sidwell, Kacaniklic
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce could hand a debut to Andy Carroll following his loan move from Liverpool, with the striker possibly replacing Carlton Cole as the club’s main striking option.
The Hammers failed to impress in their last Premier League match, losing 3-0 to Swansea City, and further changes could take place as they seek more of a goal threat. Kevin Nolan may drop back into midfield with Ricardo Vaz Te coming in.
As for the Cottagers, Martin Jol will be forced into making at least one change from the side which lost 3-2 at Manchester United following Moussa Dembele’s £15 million move to Tottenham, with Steve Sidwell possibly taking his spot.
Bryan Ruiz suffered a muscle injury against the Red Devils and Hugo Rodallega could get a start alongside Mladen Petric upfront. Meanwhile John Arne Riise should be back after confirming that he trained successfully on Friday, but Philippe Senderos (foot) and Kerim Frei (pelvis) remain sidelined.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Hammers newboy Andy Carroll (pictured right), scored 14 goals in 33 Premier League appearances for Newcastle United but just 6 in 44 top-flight games for Liverpool.
- Sam Allardyce has a 53.70 win percentage since taking over at the club - winning 29, drawing 14 and losing 11 of his 54 matches.
- West Ham's highest-ever league attendance came back on October 17 1970, when 42,322 attended a match against Tottenham Hotspur.
- Both sides have scored in their last six Premier League meetings against each other.
- Fulham’s only win at Upton Park in the Premier League was back in 2001-02 season - when they ran out 2-0 winners.
- Mladen Petric, who played under Martin Jol when the pair were at Hamburg, has scored 12 goals in 44 international games for Croatia.
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Top 3 Predictions
West Ham 1-2 Fulham
- 16.17 %
West Ham 2-1 Fulham
- 9.76 %
West Ham 1-3 Fulham
- 8.91 %
|Premier League (EPL)||30 Nov 2013||West Ham 3 - Fulham 0|
|Premier League (EPL)||30 Jan 2013||Fulham 3 - West Ham 1|
|Premier League (EPL)||1 Sep 2012||West Ham 3 - Fulham 0|
|Premier League (EPL)||26 Dec 2010||Fulham 1 - West Ham 3|
|Premier League (EPL)||2 Oct 2010||West Ham 1 - Fulham 1|
|14 Dec 2013||West Ham 0 - Sunderland 0||EPL|
|7 Dec 2013||Liverpool 4 - West Ham 1||EPL|
|3 Dec 2013||Crystal Palace 1 - West Ham 0||EPL|
|30 Nov 2013||West Ham 3 - Fulham 0||EPL|
|23 Nov 2013||West Ham 0 - Chelsea FC 3||EPL|
|12||Ricardo Vaz Te||Striker|
|3||John Arne Riise||Defender|
The 21-year-old has started both of his side’s league matches this season and looks to have plenty of ability. A clever range of passing mixed with a keen eye for goal could see him become one of the club’s key players as the season progresses. The ability to play in central midfield could see him given a chance to replace the recently departed Dembele if needed.
Both sides won their opening league match before losing their next, and so will be looking to get back on track here. The Hammers will be hoping Carroll makes an impact but Fulham offer plenty going forward meaning there could be plenty of goals in a high-scoring draw.
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