The England premier league is about to witness another spectacular playoff between host, Sheff Utd, and the hammers. Whereas the Blades have proven to be the more reverted of the two teams in the 2019 playoffs of the EPL, they will do well not to underrate the nailing power of the hammers. Don't forget that David Moyes will be leading the squad to Bramall Lane come Friday night, 10th January 2020. Moyes, the hammers' new boss, will be looking to win this match and make a record three wins out of three opening games. But despite Moyes' unbeaten run since replacing Manuel Pellegrini, two wins in a row does not compare to the Blades' cutting efficiency.
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The Blades, on the other hand, have reclined in their ambitious climb to the peak of the EPL playoffs. Albeit they started the 2019/2020 playoffs aggressively, cutting through the top flight as they go, their sharp cutting edge is now blunted with three winless matches. It is also worth mentioning that their last two EPL matches ended in with Sheff Utd's name tattooed on the losing side of the scoreboards. Speaking frankly, those losses resulted from hard-fought fights against two high-flyers of the EPL, Liverpool and Man City.
All things considered, West ham is the more desperate for a win, as they are far away from their preferred position in the EPL. Sheffield, on the other hand, has hit a bumpy road in its climb to the top but sits closer to the top-flight than its current rivals. Besides, the last five premier league outings featuring both teams have favored the Blades, with two wins and two draws. What's more, their previous head to head at the Bramall Lane stadium in 2007 ended in a record 3-0 in favor of the Blades.
Now, under the management of a well-informed boss, David Moyes, the Hammers return to Bramall Lane to set the record straight. They may be far away from their desired position in the premier league playoffs, but with their newly tightened form, under Moyes leadership, the hammers may have a few tricks up their sleeves. If everything works in their favor, the hammers may step off the Bramall Lane stadium chanting a victory song. On the other hand, this is highly doubtful since Sheffield will be looking to rekindle their ambition for the league title with a win.
What to expect
So far, West Ham's outings have alternated between winnings and defeats, and although Moyes has done a great job with the team, their inconsistency may have them at a disadvantage. On the other side, Sheffield's last two performances were a lot less overwhelming compared to previous records. Nevertheless, playing host to the hammers will help rekindle team spirit to secure a win against the hammers come Friday evening.
You can expect the blades to dominate their opponent's side of the playing field for the more significant part of the Friday clash, and a lot of defining moments for the visitors. Also, expect an aggressive game with close results.