West Ham vs Blackburn preview

Beleaguered West Ham will look to gain some valuable home points when they host Mark Hughes’ Blackburn side on Sunday.

Alan Pardews’ side have had a wretched season so far and their misery was further compounded when they were dumped out of the Carling Cup in midweek by league one side Chesterfield. The Hammers are the only side without a clean sheet this season in the Premiership and have lost in their last 5 Premiership encounters. They have had serious problems finding the net upfront, although Harewood’s goal against Chesterfield was an encouraging sign. Argentina and ex Boca Juniors forward Carlos Tevez will miss this clash due to a knee injury. James Collins, Tyron Mears, Yossi Benayoun and Lee Bowyer are expected to play after returning to full training this week.

Blackburn are currently right in the middle of the table and are themselves on a two game losing streak. They lost to Bolton last week and were eliminated by Chelsea in the Carling Cup. They will be keen to return to winning ways before hosting Basel in the UEFA Cup on Thursday. Shabani Nonda is expected to miss this game while influential midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen will take a late fitness test. Welsh medio Robbie Savage is suspended for this one. Rovers have the worst disclipinary record in the Premiership and this game could see lots of crunching tackles going in.

A win here will ease the pressure on Pardew and give the Hammers their 100th Premiership win and 150th at Upton Park. The corresponding fixture last season, on the opening day was a 3-1 victory to the Hammers, who went to have a very successful season. Maybe this is the catalyst that the team needs to move up the table. West Ham to win 2-0 or 2-1 .

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