I’m going to get shot for this I know
Bilic, quoted in the Evening Standard rates Tadic, Redmond and Austin. Reckons it’ll be a tough game, but hopes to turn their form around and win like they did last Dec (2:1)
Guess it’s up to our lot to piss on his parade.
Thanks Btripz I woke up at 04:30 that was perfect to put me back to sleep again
Counting ers is better than counting sheep
He is verbal temazepam.
Having built up the courage to watch that video (in the absence of timely transcriptions) I believe the title to be a little misleading. God help us if one day the title is ‘Puel downbeat ahead of Saints’ match against…’
The BBC Transcript errs removed
Southampton boss Claude Puel says the number of games his team has played has given him a chance to give game time to his squad.
The Saints have played seven times this season.
“With all this many games we are automatically seeing competition between the players,” he said.
“It is an opportunity for the players to show their qualities. It’s important for their confidence to have chances to play.”
You should build up the courage to stop being an asshole
Why am I an asshole?
Looking forward to this one. First game of the season for me and should be a fairly heated one against an opponent who’ll be desperate to win at all costs. I can see us on the receiving end of some tough tackles so its vital we keep our heads.
West Ham struggling at left back.
Redmond or Tadic to have a good day?
Originally posted by @Optimus-trousers
Sourced from Daily Echo article
West Ham have been dealt another injury blow ahead of Saints’ visit with the news that defender Arthur Masuaku will be out for at least six weeks.
The 22-year-old Frenchman was brought in for £6million from Olympiacos in August as cover for injured left-back Aaron Cresswell.
But Masuaku has now joined Cresswell on the casualty list after damaging knee ligaments during the EFL Cup win over Accrington on Wednesday night.
For manager Slaven Bilic it is another problem to solve in a defence which conceded eight goals in their previous two Premier League outings.
The Hammers face Southampton on Sunday without a recognised senior left-back, so one of Alvaro Arbeloa or Sam Byram will have to move across from right-back to fill in.
“Masuaku did his knee against Accrington, he damaged ligaments and we will know better in a week but it’s going to be at least six weeks, if not more,” said Bilic.
"Some players can play in different positions, and you can fill gaps, but when you have two left-backs who have done the same ligaments it’s not good news.
“But I’m not looking for excuses. But we have a good team and I expect us to do it on Sunday.”
Bilic can welcome centre-half Winston Reid back after a couple of weeks on the sidelines and also had positive news on Cresswell, as well as injury-hit striker Andy Carroll.
“It was in the papers on the day we played Accrington that Carroll had had a setback, but it’s not true,” he added.
"We are expecting him and Cresswell to join and train with the team after the international break.
“Injury wise we look much better than at the beginning of the season. We have a good team and I expect us to be really good in every way on Sunday afternoon.”
Summer signing Andre Ayew and fellow forward Diafra Sakho are still out injured.
The visit of Saints is the first Premier League match at the London Stadium since trouble flared among fans during the 4-2 defeat by Watford.
The West Ham board are attempting to solve the problems by improving stewarding, relocating disgruntled fans and beefing up the segregation between rival supporters.
Defeat on Sunday could see West Ham slump to the foot of the table so Bilic has urged the fans to put the off-field issues to one side and back the team.
“I want the fans to be behind us, and they will be,” he said.
“We need their support more than ever and they will play a big part in this game. We need them all the time, but especially now to help get out of this situation. I have no doubt they will be very positive.”
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We all know Payet will score a world free kick…
Small consolation for west ham in a 5-1 spanking
Not sure Masuaku being injured is much of a blessing. He’s looked like a disaster from what I’ve seen so far.
A mate of mine is a Hammers fan & his view is that the whole defence had been a disaster so far this season.
Long may it continue
Add a comma and a question mark, and that’s virtually a team talk:
“Long, may it continue?”
Looking forward to watching their fans fighting amongst themselves and as my seat is so far from the pitch, it might be all I see.
Anyone got any field glasses?
my heart, my penis and my balls are all saying a saints victory, but by bones are not so sure. The bones say a draw, 1-1.
Dem bones, dem bones, dem…etc etc
Google the rest of the lyrics
I think you should put your bones head-to-head against Lawro/Merson’s predictions for the rest of the season Fats. They use body parts to make their predictions too, I’ll let you guys figure out which.