The Sunday papers do not make happy reading for Hammers fans. Zola says in the News of the World that if the club break their promises to him he would conside rhis position. The club doctor Ges Steinbergs is also set to quit and move across town to Arsenal as he thinks he is being frozen out. And there are continued rumours that Bellamy, Green and Upson may be on their way in January. But in case you hadn’t noticed, we have a game today!
No doubt Zola and Clarke will get a warm welcome at Stamford Bridge, and deservedly so. But once the game starts, that’s where the season of good will should end. I would hope Zola will ring a few changes today. If he is fit, I’d like to see Etherington brought in to provide some width, which we were sorely lacking against Spurs. I’d also like to see Noble or Collison come in for Faubert. Personally I’d put both of them in and rest Mullins. I can’t see the front two being changed, although I’d expect Freddie Sears to come on at some point after his brace of goals in the week in the reserves. Defensively, I can’t see any changes being made.
So I expect the side to be: Green, Ilunga, Neill, Upson, Collins, Etherington, Noble, Parker, Mullins, Cole, Bellamy
And what do I expect the score to be? To be honest, I expect us to get spanked.
UPDATE: Unaccountably, I left out Behrami. Shame on me!