Pre-Match Report

U-23s: West Ham v Arsenal - The Brief

Saka

We will be hoping to record back-to-back wins in the Premier League 2 on Monday night, when we host West Ham United at Meadow Park.

THE STORY SO FAR

We head into this fixture off the back of a thrilling 5-1 win over Manchester City, thanks to strikes from Robbie Burton, Joe Willock, Xavier Amaechi and a brace from Bukayo Saka. 

That result bumped us up to seventh in the table, ending a winless run of eight league fixtures, and victory on Monday night could see us climb as high as fifth.

After such a prolific display, it’s no surprise that we boast the league’s second best attack, scoring 30 goals in just 15 games.

Eddie Nketiah remains our top goalscorer with six goals in eight appearances, while 17-year-old Saka sits in second place with four.

It’s at the other end of the pitch, however, where we’ve failed to reach our full potential. We’ve shipped 33 goals over the course of the season so far - and haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of our last six PL2 outings.

Nketiah

THE OPPOSITION

Only one other side have scored more league goals than us this season, and that’s West Ham United (32). 

The Hammers head into Monday’s game off the back of two positive results, a 5-1 win over Manchester City and a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur, however, they’re currently third bottom of the table, having picked up just five wins from 15 fixtures. 

They’ve also shipped more goals than any other side this season (35), conceding on average 2.33 goals per game.

Joe Powell and Xande Silva are their top goalscorers this season with seven goals each.

The last time we faced the Hammers, we ran out 3-2 winners at the London Stadium.

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U-23s: West Ham United (a) - Highlights

 

ONE TO WATCH

Amaechi has made quite an impact since returning from injury, scoring three goals in his last three appearances across all competitions.

The 18-year-old fired home a late equaliser in our 2-2 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion, before rounding off the scoring in our 5-1 over Manchester City.

And just three days later, Amaechi struck once more, giving our under-18s a 3-2 lead over Tottenham Hotspur in extra-time of the FA Youth Cup. 

With pace to burn and a dangerous left foot, the skilful winger will be hopeful of adding to his tally against a leaky Hammers defence on Monday night.

Amaechi

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