Blades should be confident at a leaky West Ham

Pre-match report: West Ham vs Blades, 26 Oct 2019

West Ham go into saturday’s game on the back of 2 defeats (Everton away, Palace at home), a draw (Bournemouth away), a win at home against Man U and a 0-0 away at Villa.

At home they have only got 6 points from 4 games. Meanwhile, the Blades have got the same from their last 4 away games.

Looking at xG and xGA for chances created and allowed, the Hammers are ahead of Sheffield United with xG of 12.3 and 11 goals scored (United are 10.5 and 8 in this).

But it’s in chances allowed that West Ham slip up a bit. They’ve got an xGA (expected goals against) of 14.9 with 13 real world goals conceded.

Top goalscorer (with 4) is Sebastien Haller, who’s a real six-yard box predator. He ranks highest in terms of xG in the PL in my model.

In terms of formations at home they have started with a 4-1-4-1.

There’s no doubt the Hammers are a threat in front of goal. But their weaknesses when it comes to keeping the ball out of the net should give Blades cause for optimism.

Looking at recent matches, their game against Palace saw little threat making its way into the final 20m. Against Man U the Hammers had a lot more joy down the right in terms of delivery into the danger zones.

That might be because Man U focussed more on their threats up the left, which include Cresswell, Rice and Anderson.

team Sheffield Utd West Ham Utd
P 9 9
F 8 11
A 7 13
xG 10.5 12.3
xGA 10.5 14.9
shots 87 102
onTarget 0.483 0.314
shotsAgst 104 119
passesPG 427 473
passSuccPG 0.724 0.771
ppdaPG 9.98 9.18
deepCPG 25.0 12.8
touchesInBoxPG 18.4 22.0
avgLinePG 48.7 48.5
opp3rd 0.297 0.253
directnessPG 0.547 0.506

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