Opinion

The Manchester City juggernaut rolls up to The London Stadium this Sunday as football fans worldwide tune into to watch the new Champions of the Premier League dispatch West Ham to another defeat. Well, that’s what everyone’s assuming. You should never assume. The bookies who rarely get it wrong have us between 6 and 8-1 to turn over The Mancs. Unfortunately not being a betting man I’ll keep my 50 pence in my sky rocket on this occasion or should I? Hasn’t this got West Ham result written all over it? The sensible side of me says “By how many?”. The delusional me says “Goal Fest to The Hammers”.

Why should we not go hell for leather and get stuck in and have a go? Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looks likely to miss the World Cup due to an injury in the Champions League on Tuesday. To be that close to Russia must be devastating and this is where we have a chance on Sunday. Getting close and getting about City is our best chance of getting a result. Sitting back and trying to sneak a result doesn’t wash for me this time. We’re not expecting a point and that’s why I’m hoping we go for it. I’ve always believed the best form of defence is attack. What more motivation do the players need to get one over the Northerners before they’ve even lifted the trophy?

A good performance would certainly pacify sections of supporters who’ve become aggrieved with the frugal owners. I’ll be keeping an eye on David Moyes who’ll have his own agenda regarding if he’ll remain at the club. If we lose to an 87th minute winner when we’ve defended resolutely keeping 11 men behind the ball the whole time I’d be gutted, if we lost 3-0 and had bombarded their area time and again I’d be happy.

If and when we go down on Sunday, let’s go down fighting kicking and screaming. On this occasion it’s the only way. It’s how we go about it. I’d rather get beaten well than well beaten. West Ham do your job!!