For West Ham United, this break is a blessing in disguise, as this allows them to take a deeper look at their faltering campaign and bring it back on track.
West Ham United have a chance to refocus and get their disappointing campaign back on track during the mid-season break that is currently going on. They take on lower-division club Cambridge United in a friendly to get their players up to the required fitness and match sharpness levels. This unusual break is happening due to the World Cup happening in Qatar in the winter rather than the summer. As a result, club football has come to a halt, allowing teams to give some rest to the players that are not traveling to the showpiece event with their national teams.
With the rest period now over, clubs are slowly starting to play friendly games with the squad at their disposal to get them back to the required fitness levels. For West Ham United, this break is a blessing in disguise, as this allows them to take a deeper look at their faltering campaign and bring it back on track. Sitting 16th in the Premier League table with 14 points from 15 matches, West Ham have lost their last three games in all competitions. It includes an EFL Cup elimination against Blackburn Rovers. Meanwhile, Cambridge United are also going through a difficult phase, sitting 20th in League One standings. Their immediate priority when the season resumes will be to steer clear of the relegation zone.
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There are quite a few absentees that both sides have to deal with ahead of this contest. For West Ham, it is a case of international players traveling with their national teams for the World Cup. Even the ones that got eliminated from the competition will be allowed a break to recover from the hectic schedule. Hence, they will be without Declan Rice, Lucas Paqueta, Thilo Kehrer and Alphonse Areola among others. Meanwhile, Cambridge United’s main absentee will be in the form of injured Adam May. Both sides are also expected to give a lot of fringe players the opportunity to get some game time.
Cambridge United possible line-up: Mannion, Williams, Rossi, Jones, Dunk, Digby, Worman, Janneh, Lankester, Knibbs, Smith
West Ham United possible line-up: Fabianski, Johnson, Dawson, Ogbonna, Palmieri, Soucek, Downes, Fornals, Lanzini, Benrahma, Scamacca
|Forest Green||2-1 (L)|
|Curzon Ashton||1-0 (W)|
West Ham United
|Crystal Palace||1-2 (L)|
|Manchester United||1-0 (L)|
|West Ham United beat Cambridge United||2-0|
|Cambridge United beat West Ham United||2-1|
The club friendly between Cambridge United and West Ham United will take place at Abbey Stadium on Wednesday at 12:30 am IST.
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