West Ham - Brentford prediction
West Ham host Brentford in a Premier League New Year round match.
In fact, it will be the second consecutive London derby for both teams.
After the Hammers played league leaders Arsenal and lost 1-3.
And the Bees missed the chance to beat another of the top teams – Tottenham, conceding an equalizer after leading 2-0.
West Ham have recorded colorful results in their controls during the World Cup.
As 6 of the last 7 matches of David Moyes' team (official and friendly) ended with the goal/goal option .
Brentford have a similar record, recording 8 consecutive goal/goal matches in all competitions.
So the probability of seeing goals in both goals today is also high.
Regarding the final outcome - I predict that Brentford will not lose this game.
Because last season the Bees beat West Ham twice 2-1 and 2-0.
West Ham - statistics and info
West Ham threatened to end Arsenal's title hopes when Benrahma's spot-kick was the only goal before the break in their Boxing Day clash at the Emirates.
However, the Gunners, who dominated the game with 72% possession by the break , regrouped and rallied in the second half to prevail 3-1.
"We showed confidence and were determined in the first half," commented David Moyes.
“We've done things that we're actually pretty good at and that we've been doing for the last couple of years.
We showed we can be tough to beat , but we didn't do that in the second half.
Arsenal played well in the first half.
In fact, he played as well in the first half as he did in the second.
But we buckled down after the break and gave them opportunities to score."
It was the Hammers' fourth straight loss in the Premier League .
Including home defeats by Crystal Palace and Leicester.
Brentford - statistics and info
Brentford are six points above their hosts.
Having followed up the shock win over Man City before the World Cup break with a 2-2 draw at home to Tottenham.
The Bees even took a 2-0 lead with goals from Vitaly Janelt and Ivan Touni.
Harry Kane and Pierre-Emile Hoiberg pulled the Spurs level and it stayed that way until the final whistle.
Although both teams came close to grabbing the win late in the game.
Tawney has overcome the fact that he was not called up to the World Cup, as well as his problems off the field.
And scored his 11th goal of the season .
"I wish I knew how he does it, because then I'd bottle it and sell it for a lot of money," Bees boss Thomas Frank said jokingly.
"He's very, very special in that way, he has an incredible character and mentality and the ability to focus on the moment. His performance today was wow!
He has a natural inner drive to constantly burden himself and the people around him. He's always a threat, he's special."
In fact, Tawney was a constant threat to the Tottenham goal and with a bit more luck could have increased his goal tally.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineups: Fabian; Koufal, Dawson, Kerrer, Creswell; Suchek, Rice; Bowen, Lucas Paquette, Benrahma; Antonio
Injured: Zouma, Cornet, Aguerde
Lineups: Paradise; Zanka, Pinnock, Mee; Rørslev, Jensen, Norgaard, Janelt, Henry; Mbeumo, Tony
Injured: Ajer, Hickey, Baptiste, Strakosha
League standings and form