Another London derby – another home win?

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So after Saturday's glorious triumph over Spurs at Upton Park we welcome another London team to the Hammers' home in the shape of Fulham.

This is our third London derby at home of the season in only our fourth game and the thing with London derbies is that you never really know beforehand how they will pan out.  

West Ham only took three points from eight games against the London clubs last season, all three came at home in draws, but after beating Spurs we have matched our tally from last season and with Fulham’s injury problems continuing I am expecting us to take at least a point, which is probably the best bet as, so far this season, Fulham have drawn five of their six games - including all three of their away matches. 

It’s often been said that too many derby games is the reason why London clubs don’t win the league enough, not that’s something West Ham have ever been concerned with, but looking at last season’s points tally of only three it’s no surprise that we only survived by the skin of our teeth. 

Since the Hammers returned to the Premier League in 2005 our record against London teams is pretty average; last season's tally was 8/24 points; 07/08 was 7/24 points; 06/07 was 11/24 points, and finally 05/06 tally was our best yet 14/24. 

The one common factor through all the previous seasons, except for last year’s debacle, was that Fulham were the one team we always took points from. In that period they have never beaten West Ham at Upton Park and only once at Craven Cottage. Points wise, out of 30 available the Hammers have taken 21, which all in all points to a Hammers victory on Saturday.

The big West Ham story of the week though is the submission to No.10 Downing Street of our bid to move into the Olympic Stadium once the games are finished. The project is in conjunction with Newham council, which will use the site of the old ground as part of its regeneration of the local area around Green Street. 

According to the club, politicians and local businesses in the area back their bid as well which is good but what seems to be missing from this is the views of the fans.

For the move to be a success it has to be done with the backing of the fans, not just those who attend games but all Hammers fans, from my own research there is a 66 per cent against and 34 per cent for the move which may seem quite large but can easily be swung the other way if the club engaged with the supporters more.

Many fans would prefer to finish the development of Upton Park, which the club still have planning permission for taking that capacity up to 40,000. In her programme note, Karren Brady refer to us fans as stakeholders of the club perhaps treating us that way may convince the no-movers that perhaps the club is right in wanting to leave its spiritual home.

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