By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

22nd Nov, 2020 | 10:15am

Exclusive: Frank McAvennie predicts score of West Ham clash v Sheffield United

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Frank McAvennie has predicted West Ham will secure a narrow win against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Sunday afternoon.

David Moyes’ side have enjoyed an impressive start to the season, picking up 11 points from eight matches.

In those eight matches, the Hammers have picked up wins against Wolves and Leicester while earning draws with Tottenham and Manchester City. Newcastle, Arsenal and Liverpool are the only teams to beat the East London club this season.

As for Sheffield United, Chris Wilder’s side is without a win in the Premier League and sit bottom of the table with just four goals to their name.

McAvennie believes it will be a tight encounter in South Yorkshire this weekend but is sure that the Hammers can walk away with all three points.

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“It’s going to be close. I’m tempted to go with 2-1 but I don’t think there’ll be many goals in it,” the ex-Irons forward told West Ham Zone.

“I’ll go with 1-0 to West Ham.

“I don’t think Sheffield United have been playing well enough so if the Hammers keep doing what they’re doing, the dirty work and winning their battles, they’ll win.”

West Ham struggled to beat Fulham in the final match before the international break with Tomas Soucek’s late goal rescuing a 1-0 win for the Irons at the London Stadium.

It was quite a cagey encounter that could have really gone both ways so we hope we see the Hammers be a bit more comfortable at Bramall Lane on Sunday.

Sheffield United are really not playing well and there are hints that second season syndrome is setting in among Wilder’s side.

Hopefully, we don’t see West Ham become one of those sides who thrives against the stronger teams in the division but struggles against the weaker ones.

They can set that right by beating the Blades.

In other West Ham news, Moyes has detailed the chances of Said Benrahma earning his debut against Sheffield United.