The West Ham fans in the Transfer Tavern are all beginning to turn on Slaven Bilic. The Croatian manager has been walking a tightrope for much of the last year, having suffered through a tumultuous campaign last season. In truth, the start to the current campaign has arguably been even worse, with the Hammers still in danger of falling into a relegation battle.
Unfortunately for Slaven Bilic, though, he isn’t going to get any respite any time soon, with Tottenham the next opponent for the Hammers. Their London rivals have been enjoying a very different campaign so far, with Mauricio Pochettino’s men firing on all cylinders as they head an assault on the Premier League and Champions League. With the two side’s set to face off on Wednesday, it isn’t looking good for the Hammers.
Our landlord certainly isn’t giving them much of a chance, and it doesn’t appear as though many pundits are, either. In fact, Charlie Nicholas has been discussing the fixture with Sky Sports, and his outlook is rather bleak for Bilic.
Predicting Tottenham to win the game, he said: “What does Slaven Billic do? If he plays a strong team, they could still be embarrassed”.
“I’m a fan of Bilic but this is a really average group of players. He’s partly responsible but I don’t think you should judge him on a match like this”, he added.
Nicholas is clearly giving the club very little chance of winning, and it’s tough to disagree. When you consider how well their opponents are playing and, conversely, how poorly the Hammers are playing, it’s tough to see any other outcome.
That said, Bilic’s men have surprised us before, and the players will likely be keen to prove to their manager that they are good enough, so it could be an interesting encounter.
The game has quickly become a must-win fixture for West Ham, whilst it remains a pretty minor game for Tottenham. As a result, the Hammers could be in with at least a bit of a chance.
That said, Tottenham are clearly the favourites, and if they play half as well as they did at the weekend, they’ll dominate their London rivals.
Tottenham and West Ham fans – thoughts?
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