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West Ham United v Fulham – Premier League – London Stadium – Saturday 8pm – Preview
Brian Dear thought West Ham United were hard done by at Anfield and is hopeful the setback won’t have dented confidence and momentum which has been increasingly evident within David Moyes’ group of late.
The Hammers competed well against a Liverpool side who moved to the top of the Premier League as a result of their 2-1 success. Nevertheless, the controversial penalty incident involving Mohammed Salah, which saw the Reds draw level, left a bad taste with the former frontman.
“It’s a dive – Whether you think it’s clever or part of the game – Salah has conned the referee and that’s wrong,” he told Yellow Sport.
“We deserved something from the game. I know going to Anfield is always difficult, but it’s that bit harder when decisions like that go against you. I was gutted for the West Ham boys.
But Dear believes West Ham have shown enough of late to suggest they are more than capable of bouncing back when Fulham are the visitors on Saturday evening.
“We should be targeting this game for three points,” he added.
“Fulham have had a tough start, but will be buoyed by Monday’s win over West Brom. The monkey is off their back – they will have a bit more about them, no doubt.
“But I still think we have too much quality for them, particularly in attacking areas. We must approach the game in the same manner, don’t change anything unnecessarily.
“Of course, I know we are likely to be without Michail Antonio again, which is a blow. But I think Said Benrahma is hungry and ready. If the lad has an opportunity, I’m confident he can replicate what we saw from him at Brentford on the biggest stage in the world – the Premier League.
“As I said, Fulham will provide more of a challenge that perhaps we’d have expected a week or two ago, but I‘d hope the confidence hasn’t been knocked too much following Liverpool and I’m convinced we will win this one with a little to spare.”
Brian Dear’s prediction: West Ham United 3-1 Fulham
Jeevesie’s prediction: West Ham United 2-0 Fulham