Previews: West Ham v Tottenham; Charlton v Wigan; Fulham v Millwall

By Rob Virtue on August 14, 2014 4:19 PM |


West Ham kick off their league campaign with a tough derby against Tottenham.
Meanwhile, Millwall travel west to Fulham and Charlton entertain Wigan.

Despite facing long odds from the bookies all our sides go into the match with early season confidence.


West Ham v Tottenham Hotspur
Kick off: Saturday, 3pm
Odds: West Ham: 12/5; Tottenham: 11/10; Draw: 12/5
History of meetings: West Ham won - 60; Tottenham won - 89; Draw - 50

The Hammers have won their last three matches against Tottenham and will be hoping to make it a fourth to get their season off with a bang.

Pre-season ended with a promising performance in the 3-2 win over Sampdoria.

Andy Carroll got off his sick-bed this week to get Twitter abuser Diego Poyet in a friendly headlock but the big Geordie is out until December with an injured ankle.

New boy Poyet, meanwhile, paying the price for Tweets from three years ago, could feature as a substitute.

Fellow new signing Cheikhou Kouyaté is set to battle it out for a midfield role with Mohamed Diame.

Hammers boss Sam Alardyce, still working on late signings ahead of the Spurs clash, will have Mauro Zarate, Carlton Cole, Ricardo Vaz Te and a not fully fit Enner Valencia vying for a starting role up front.

For Tottenham, the focus will be on new manager Mauricio Pochettino, as he takes his first game in charge since leaving Southampton.

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Charlton v Wigan
Kick off: Saturday, 3pm
Odds: Charlton 23/10; Wigan 11/8; Draw 5/2
History of meetings: Charlton won - 2; Wigan won - 3; Draw - 1

Wigan have never scored at The Valley and Charlton's new look centre-half pairing will hope to keep it that way on Saturday.

Summer signings André Bikey and Tal Ben Haim lined up in last week's draw with Brentford and, despite the imposing midweek performance of Michael Morrison, they are likely to start on Saturday.

Lawrie Wilson scored a brace in the Tuesday night 4-0 win over Colchester and he's hoping to break into the side. Yoni Buyens, Johan Gudmundsson, Johnnie Jackson and Jordan Cousins will also be looking to start in the middle.

Charlton are still a bit lightweight up front and it's likely Igor Vetokele, who scored on his debut on the season opener last week, and George Tucudean will start, with Simon Church on the bench.


Fulham v Millwall
Kick off: Saturday, 3pm
Odds: Millwall 3/1; Fulham 11/10; Draw 14/5
History of meetings: Millwall won - 13; Fulham won - 16; Draw - 11

Fulham did the double over Millwall in the 98/99 season, the last time these sides had been in the same division.

That signalled the end of a period of Lions' dominance with nine games without defeat against the west Londoners.

Injured players Nicky Bailey, Justin Hoyte, Richard Chaplow and Ed Upson are all training but unlikely to feature.

Forward Magaye Gueye, who went off injured in midweek, could play.

Matthew Briggs, who scored the winner in Tuesday's cup game against Wycombe, will miss Saturday's match after his sending off in the same game.

So the side are likely to be unchanged from the opening day win against Leeds.