U18s' Hammers Trip

Friday 22 November 2013 10:15

Fulham Under-18s meet West Ham United on Saturday as the London rivals face off at the Hammers’ Little Heath training ground in Romford (11am).

It pits two of the league’s in-form teams against each other, with West Ham currently enjoying an eight-game unbeaten run; a stretch which boasts six wins, including a 5-0 triumph over Liverpool.

Despite their prolific recent run, the Irons only occupy fifth spot in the table due to a slow start to the campaign when they picked up just one win from their opening five games.

Managed by former West Ham defender Steve Potts, things have turned around in the last couple months and their most recent outing yielded an impressive 3-1 win away to Reading – a result that saw them leapfrog the Royals in the standings. The returning Djair Parfitt-Williams was the match-winner as he grabbed a hat-trick, having missed the last four games through injury.

The Whites will go into the fixture with nothing to fear, though, as they’re enjoying a fine run themselves. Steve Wigley’s boys have hit 16 goals in their previous four matches, picking up 10 points in the process to cement their spot at the top of the South Group.

Victory on Saturday could see Fulham move six points clear of second-place Tottenham Hotspur – who entertain local rivals Arsenal – although a win for West Ham would put them just four points behind the Whites in the standings.