...the clever money is on Middlesbrough to win by three clear goals!
If we get a result tonight, then we will know that Allardyce has changed the club, transforming us from pretty losers to ugly winners; even a draw would represent a minor miracle!
The personnel and formation don't matter, to be honest, it is all about the state of mind tonight. Remember Newcastle last season? Remember our performances at Liverpool in each of the last two seasons? Remember our performance at Bolton? West Ham don't do away games up North full stop, away games up North in mid week are beyond a joke!
So, what team will turn up tonight? The old style West Ham who role over and die at Watford Gap, or the Allardyce version, a team of hard nosed pros who know that Miserableborough offer little by way of threat and are there for the taking?
My money is on a 3-0 defeat or a 2-0 victory!