Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Buoyed by a splendid 2-0 win over Manchester United, West Ham United will be aiming to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Oxford United in the League Cup last 32 at the Kassam Stadium. The Hammers have been improving their game week by week and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at Oxford United on Wednesday evening.
The likes of Jack Wilshere, Robert Snodgrass and Pablo Zabaleta are all likely to return to the starting line-up, but regardless of which players will start against Oxford United, there is a big value in betting on the in-form visitors. The Yellows, on the other hand, did well to crush Lincoln City 6-0 on the road in their last league fixture, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Wednesday’s football match against West Ham, who are hungry for trophies.
Highlighted Player (James Henry):
James Henry was born in Reading on 10 June, 1989, but he grew up in Woodley. He began playing football at his home-town club Woodley Saints, but he made progress during his spell at Reading’s youth academy. Henry is a winger who is capable of playing as a centre midfielder as well, but he failed to score for Reading in 10 league appearances for the club.
After ending his loan spells with the likes of Nottingham Forest, Bournemouth, Norwich City and Millwall, he signed a permanent deal with the Lions on 28 July, 2010. Henry signed a three-year deal with Millwall and he made his home debut in a 4-0 win over Hull City.
It has to be noted that Henry played for both Scotland and England at youth level in the past, but he has yet to make his debut for the first team. Henry was born in England, but his parents are Scottish and, as a result, he is eligible to play for both England and Scotland.
Highlighted Team (West Ham):
West Ham United are an English football club based in East London. The club was founded in 1895 and it has to be noted that the club’s name was Thames Ironworks back then. The Hammers were playing their home games at Upton Park from 1904 until 2016, when they moved to the Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
West Ham have won three FA Cup trophies (1964, 1975 and 1980) and they were runners-up in 1923 and 2006. The capital club finished the 1985/1986 England first division campaign in third place in the standings and that is the club’s highest placing in the top flight. West Ham United have strong rivalries with fellow London clubs, but Tottenham Hotspur are considered the club’s main rivals.
A number of top-class players were part of West Ham in the past and the likes of Joe Cole, Carlos Tevez, Paolo Di Canio, Paul Ince, Julian Dicks, Shaka Hislop, Michael Carrick and Slaven Bilic are some of them.