Scouting report: West Ham

We return to Premier League action this weekend, following the midweek Champions League exploits, as we travel across London to take on West Ham.

Ahead of the game, we've taken a closer look at the Hammers...
 

Manager

David Moyes. The former Everton and Manchester United boss was the man chosen to take over the Hammers from Slaven Bilic, after he departed last month. It represented a return to the Premier League for the Scot, after ending last season with relegated Sunderland. Has taken just one point from his first four games in charge at West Ham, in what was his only home game. Cut his managerial teeth with Preston and has also worked in La Liga as head coach of Real Sociedad. 

Key player

Joe Hart. The England stopper, who will be hoping to be a part of England’s World Cup 2018 squad next summer, has featured regularly for the Hammers this season after joining on loan from Manchester City. The terms of his loan meant he couldn’t play against his parent-club last time out, but will be hoping to return between the sticks for our visit to the London Stadium this weekend. Also spent last season away from the Etihad Stadium on loan, taking in a year in Italy with Serie A side, Torino. 

Recent form

The Hammers are just one place and one point off the bottom of the Premier League and manager David Moyes knows just how difficult a task he is faced with in East London. They drew with Leicester last time they played in front of their home fans and will be hoping to follow that up with a positive result against us come Saturday lunchtime. They do head into the game though on the back of a late defeat at leaders Manchester City, with David Moyes having lost three of his four games in charge.

One to watch

Michail Antonio. The former Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday winger has made a real impact since making the step up to the Premier League, becoming a firm fans favourite and being named ‘Hammer of the Year’ last season. His form led to an England call-up during Sam Allardyce’s brief reign in charge of the national side, although he didn’t make an appearance. 

Worn both badges

Joe Cole. The former England international started his career with West Ham, at their former home of Upton Park before joining us in 2003. The Paddington-born midfielder lifted three Premier Leaugue trophies, three FA Cups and two League Cups with us before he departed for Liverpool. Cole returned for a second spell with the Hammers in 2013, following a loan spell with Lille in France, and was most recently with the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the USA.