and here we go with me birthday weekend FA Cup fixture... won't bore you to death with the tales of the 4:30am kick-off to see us get stuffed 6-0 by ManUre (oops, I just did)
Anyway - a home tie against the Baggies in the FA Cup - and never has FA been more appropriate because this should mean absolutely fupp all to us against the importance of remaining a premiership club.
But of course... it would be entirely "typical West Ham" if we were to get relegated, go on to win this and then spend next season as the laughing stock of the Championship but also playing European football.
Will that happen? Highly unlikely... but if it's going to happen to anyone, it'll happen to us.
oh... and of course the most ironically "only West Ham" part of the entire proceedings... it's against Slaven... so the table is set for us to get our collective arses handed to us.
So, a competition that really should mean nothing to us... so what kind of "team" will we put out for it?
injury concert... we got 'em:
Felipe Anderson, Ryan Fredericks and Lukasz Fabianski unable to face West Brom.
Robert Snodgrass and Arthur Masuaku have been ruled out with knee injuries & Angelo Ogbonna is a doubt.
so that's 5, possibly 6, 'first team' players... but do we really miss Anderson? Not bloody much.
The stats seem to be very much in our favor but that usually just means we're the exception to the rule rather than being any kind of rule...
This is the 10th FA Cup meeting between West Ham and West Brom, with the most recent in February 2015 in the fifth round, a 4-0 win for Albion.
West Brom have won none of their past nine away matches against West Ham (D6 L3), all in the Premier League between 2005 and 2018.
West Ham haven't lost a home FA Cup match against a team from outside the Premier League since January 1997, a 1-0 defeat by Wrexham; they are unbeaten in 12 since (W10 D2), winning the last eight in a row.
West Brom manager Slaven Bilic hasn't managed against West Ham since leaving the club in November 2017 - his only previous FA Cup match at London Stadium was as Hammers boss in January 2017, a 5-0 defeat by Manchester City.
but of course... no actual factual should be overlooked that shows just how shite a record our current manager actually has (you know, for those people - like himself - who seem somehow to think he's a "winner")
West Ham manager David Moyes is looking to reach the FA Cup fifth round for the first time since leaving Everton at the end of 2012-13, failing with Man Utd in 2013-14, Sunderland in 2016-17 and the Hammers during 2017-18.
None of the above bodes well... plus being a home game... ugh.
but I'll be there (none-to) bright-eyed and bushy tailed at 7:00am. See you lovely peeps in the morning.