Five years ago QPR wouldn’t even be considered a rival for West Ham United but these days as well as Chelsea and Tottenham, the West London club have become a team I myself look forward to facing.
Perhaps it’s the fact Harry’s taken over and they’re beginning to find form or maybe it’s the prospect of a hard fought encounter in which the Hammers are ‘expected’ to win. However, the R’s are on the up and Harry’s chances of another Houdeini-esque escape perhaps looks on the horizon. After recently beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and drawing with Tottenham at home, they will most certainly be extremely confident going into the fixture. As for West Ham, however, Saturday perhaps offers a chance for us to feature our new signings and most importantly get three points on the board and recover our previous form.
Let’s forget that woeful display last Saturday at the Stadium of Light and be optimistic about today’s outcome, realistically both squads perhaps are of an even ability with Rangers spending big money in the summer to bring in ‘World-Class’ players, like Julio Cesar who before they signed him had never even heard of the club. But let’s not be bitter; he’s a magnificent keeper and has kept them in many games this year.••Other purchases in the summer which may have turned a few heads perhaps would be, Esteban Granero, Ji-Sung Park and Staphane Mbia.
Rangers started the season slowly under Mark Hughes and didn’t win their first game until December. Hughes was then giving his marching orders and Redknapp was brought in and as frustrating as it is to say; he’s already began to turn it around. West Ham have had a fantastic home form so far this season and Upton Park has packed out most league fixtures this year, with the fans on full song we’ve seen the place rock. This fixture against QPR is vital in that it could prevent us from the dreaded slide into the dog fight.
With 26 points we sit 11th•in the table which is fantastic for a newly-promoted club but we’re not comfortable yet. However, the last thing the Hammers faithful need is another scrap for survival, I don’t think our nerves could take it! Hopefully we’ll see the gaffer include new boy Wellington Paulista today because, according to YouTube, he looks fantastic and a real talent. But they do say you should never judge a player by his videos, Julian Faubert looked like Lionel Messi on YouTube.
With a good start to the season over, we’ve now reached the business side of Christmas and the points need to be racked up, only 14 points are needed to reach that safety barrier of 40 points; surely we can get these points in the remaining seventeen games. With the return of the injured Andy Carroll looking imminent things are looking up at Upton Park and a mid-table finish is looking possible. Let’s make it possible by getting behind the lads today and do the double over QPR!