After the forced hiatus due to the international break, the
always enjoyable tolerable FIFA 14 match previews are back! This week, we asked FIFA what it thought about tomorrow's match against West Ham, and as per usual, it does not rate us very highly.
Match lights -
- This week's gem from Martin Tyler and Alan Smith comes in the form of the two broadcasters discussing the impact that the move from Upton Park to Olympic Stadium will have on West Ham's fortunes. West Ham will move into Olympic Stadium for the 2016-2017 season, and Tyler and Smith wonder if the Hammers have the following to fill the 55,000 seats. A reasonable question, especially considering that West Ham has fallen off in terms of support in recent years. Also, it certainly doesn't help matters that League One side, and fellow London club, Leyton Orient has the backing of the ever-popular Men in Blazers and is using its predominately American legions of "GFOP's" to siphon new supporters from other clubs. As always, the pre-game insights are as current and as topical as can be.
- FIFA 14 is clearly ready for West Ham to move into Olympic Stadium, considering they can't be bothered to learn the name of West Ham's current pitch (right, the same pitch where the club has played for over one hundred years). They call it "Forest Park Stadium." West Ham, of course, plays at Upton Park (Boleyn Ground would also have been acceptable).
- It appears that Fake Eva Carneiro was able to help Fernando Torres' avatar return to fitness, while leaving Ashley Cole's avatar on the trainer's table, in stark contrast to the actual injury report.
- Ramires' avatar found Fernando Torres' for a volley inside the box in the 10th minute. Torres' avatar couldn't covert, but I bet it would have looked cool if he did.
- What would a WAGNH FIFA 14 match preview be without EA Sports making David Luiz look bad? His avatar was primarily responsible for the Stewart Downing goal that gave West Ham the 1-0 lead (though Ryan Bertrand's avatar did little to help the situation either). Luiz' avatar was also bailed out by John Terry's right before whistle at the end of the first half. He also had an extremely questionable free kick in the waning minutes of the game, lobbing a weak cross into the box instead of just doing this.
- Perhaps knowing that his real-life persona would be absent from tomorrow's match, Fernando Torres' avatar made the most of his fake opportunity to play today. After being very aggressive to start the second half, he powerfully deflected a Mikel header past Jussi Jääskeläinen.
- Fairly disappointing result only coming away with the lone point, but luckily, the real thing isn't until tomorrow.
Thanks, as always, to our video editor FonzieGamingHD.
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