Moyes’ aiming to be party pooper on Hammers swansong 

Brian Jeeves

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David Moyes takes his side to the Etihad Stadium as potential party poopers as the Sctsman brings the curtain down on his second spell in the West Ham United hot seat.

Moyes, who looks likely to be replaced by former Wolves chief Julen Lopetegui, will stand down after Sunday’s clash which could see hosts Manchester City crowned Premier League champions for the fourth successive year and the sixth time in seven.

Despite intense recent criticism, the London Stadium audience provided Moyes with a rousing send-off following last weekend’s 3-1 home victory over Lutron Town: “The reception I got touched me,” he told www.whufc.com.

“You hear a lot of noise and I’m a football supporter as well and I want my team to win, but like I said, most of the supporters in the stadium recognise that their team won more than it lost.

“That’s helped us get strong positions in the league and let’s hope we can keep it going.”

Moyes could hand 19-year-old Young Hammers of the Year, George Earthy with another opportunity after the talented play-maker found the net less than a minute after arriving as a second-half substitute against teh Hatters: “I don’t think today could have gone much better for me,” he enthused.”

Coming on and getting the reception I did from the fans and then scoring my first goal was like a dream. I still don’t think it’s all real, to be honest!

“I have been at West Ham since I was six and to score today for a Club I’ve supported all my life, and had Season Tickets for, means so much. I can’t really describe that feeling of the ball hitting the net and getting to celebrate in front of the fans.

“I have so many people to thank, especially the coaches I’ve worked with during my time at the Academy, and the senior coaches for giving me this chance.”

Kalvin Phillips and Nayef Aguerd remain unavailable through injury, while Greek defender, Konstantinos Mavropanos is rated 50/50.

Hosts City moved into pole position with a 2-0 victory over Tottenham during the week. Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne and Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson both picked up significant injuries during teh game and look unlikely to feature at the Etihad.

Jeevesie’s prediction: Manchester City 2-0 West Ham United

Brian Jeeves

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