West Ham, meets Brentford in an important match

West Ham, meets Brentford in an important match

West Ham returns to the Premier League with a math against Brentford in a match that may help them to escape the above line of the league table. The meeting between these two teams will be on December 31, 2022, at 3:45 AM (GMT+8), when West Ham entertains Brentford. West Ham are currently just above the relegation zone, at the 16th of the league table. A win in this game could bring them to the 13th spot. As for Brentford, their place in the league table is safer than their opponents, being at the 10th of the league table. If they happen to win this match, they will be at the ninth of the league table.

These two teams already met 50 times across all competitions, having their first meeting dating back 1898. Among these two teams, the host are the one who have the advantage, winning 22 games out of their 50 meetings. As for the visitors, they only won 17 games, while the remaining 11 games all ended in draws. In the Premier League, they only met twice, and those two games both ended with a win for the visitors. In addition to the difficulties of the hosts, they only had one win in their last six meetings against the visitors. They also lost to their last two home games in the contest.

West Ham United

Premier League: West Ham United
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This team already had a match against upon the return of the Premier League when they meet Arsenal on their return. They had their chances as early as the first half, but they failed to protect their lead when they entered the second half. Their opponent had a brilliant come back on that match. That loss is already the fourth straight loss for West Ham. Being at the 16th spot in the league table puts them at the top of the relegation zone, not a safe zone for any teams. In their recent games, this squad struggled a lot, losing their last four matches, failing to score in two. Coming into this match, they are hoping to finally pick up another win, as it will give them better chance of entering the knockout stage.

Following his knee injury, Kurt Zouma will not be available for this match, but he is expected to return for West Ham next week. Gianluca Scamacca remains to be a doubt for West Ham, as he sustained ankle injury. Maxwel Cornet is also a miss for West Ham with his calf problem.

Brentford

Premier League: Brentford
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Brentford on the other hand is the better team in this match, record-wise, as they are currently undefeated in their last four matches in the league. During their return in the Premier League, they had a 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur. All credit goes to the goals of Vitaly Janelt, and Ivan Toney. Looking at their record, it is evident that this squad is doing well in the league. In fact, last season, they recorded two wins against West Ham, but on their overall record, it is still West Ham who has a better win-lose record. A win in this match could give them additional three points, and will put them at the ninth of the league table.

Kristoffer Ajer, and Aaron Hickey will be missed in this match, but both are expected to return in early January. A hamstring strain would keep Frank Onyeka in this match, and Shandon Baptiste is absent due to an adductor issue.

Prediction:

Draw
Odds: 0.90

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