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Why David Moyes thinks Sheffield United will be confident against his West Ham team

West Ham United manager, David Moyes, admits he’s wary of the threat Sheffield United pose.

The two sides meet at the London Stadium in the Premier League on Monday night.

West Ham have been in excellent form this season and are currently sixth in the table.

They’ve only lost one of their last nine league games and many are tipping them for European qualification.

It’s a little like the form the Blades were showing themselves last term.

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They finished ninth in their first top flight campaign in 12 years. Meanwhile, the Hammers ended up just five points and two places outside the relegation zone.

Moyes was rehired in December 2019 after the sacking of Manuel Pellegrini and guided the East London side away from danger.

Yet fortunes have changed in 2020/21 and ahead of their trip to the capital, Chris Wilder’s side are rock bottom with just 11 points.

They are 12 points from safety – which could have increased further by Monday night, with the majority of their rivals for the drop playing over the weekend.

Why David Moyes is still cautious

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Moyes knows things can change quickly in the Premier League, having experienced it himself over the past 12 month with West Ham.

Plus, the Blades have enjoyed a vast improvement in results recently.

The South Yorkshire side have won six of their last nine matches in all competitions. This has included three league victories, including beating Manchester United.

“I believe Sheffield United will have taken confidence from their recent win at Old Trafford,” Moyes said in his pre-match press conference. “And they also played very well at Manchester City, where they were unlucky to lose by a goal.

“They’re a side who don’t concede too many goals and are always in and around the game.

“They have got a run in the FA Cup going as well, so they were always a difficult challenge. But at this point in time they’re an even more difficult challenge, because they know every game they lose now will make it incredibly difficult for them

“But every game they pick up will give them more hope.”

The Hammers are without the injured Angelo Ogbonna for the game, while Michail Antonio, Fabian Balbuena and Andriy Yarmolenko are all fitness doubts.

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