West Brom - West Ham Preview: Baggies hoping to bounce back from poor run
Steve Clarke's side are on the second-worst run of form in the Premier League, having lost three in a row, and face a tough task up against Sam Allardyce's resurgent team
By Joe Doyle
Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Popov
Odemwingie, Gera, Brunt
Demel, Collins, Reid, O'Brien
Taylor, Nolan, Jarvis
West Brom are likely to still be without influential midfielder Claudio Yacob (hamstring), first-choice keeper Ben Foster (groin), and Liam Ridgewell (ankle), though the trio are reported to have returned to light training this week.
In their place will be Boaz Myhill continuing in goal, Goran Popov should deputise at left-back again, and James Morrison will likely drop into a deeper role alongside Youssouf Mulumbu.
West Ham will be without influential midfielder Mohamed Diame for some time after he picked up a hamstring injury.
Sam Allardyce is likely to deploy James Tomkins as a defensive midfielder instead, or alternatively Yossi Benayoun could come into the side.
Elsewhere, the Hammers will be without Andy Carroll (knee) and Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder), who are both long-term absentees, while Jack Collison (knee) and Alou Diarra (thigh) are closing in on a return, but are not expected back for this one.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- West Brom have the third-best home record in the Premier League, behind only Manchester United and Manchester City.
- Mark Noble (pictured right) has scored his last seven penalties in a row for West Ham.
- The Baggies are on the second-worst run of form in the league, having lost their last three games in a row.
- Steve Clarke's side have only gained one point from a losing situation this season, the worst total in the league.
- West Brom have been behind at half-time on four occasions this season, and have gone on to lose every one of those games.
- However, when winning at half-time, the Baggies have taken 15 points from a possible 15, the second-highest total in the league.
- Kevin Nolan has scored six of West Ham's 21 Premier League goals this season. He is 13/5 to score anytime with bet365.
- West Ham have scored an average of 1.31 goals per game this season, the same average that West Brom have conceded per game.
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Top 3 Predictions
West Bromwich Albion 2-1 West Ham
- 12.11 %
West Bromwich Albion 2-0 West Ham
- 10.05 %
West Bromwich Albion 1-2 West Ham
- 7.73 %
|Premier League (EPL)||30 Mar 2013||West Ham 3 - West Bromwich Albion 1|
|Premier League (EPL)||16 Dec 2012||West Bromwich Albion 0 - West Ham 0|
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|Premier League (EPL)||10 Nov 2010||West Ham 2 - West Bromwich Albion 2|
|Premier League (EPL)||16 Mar 2009||West Ham 0 - West Bromwich Albion 0|
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|12 May 2013||Norwich City 4 - West Bromwich Albion 0||EPL|
|7 May 2013||Manchester City 1 - West Bromwich Albion 0||EPL|
|4 May 2013||West Bromwich Albion 2 - Wigan Athletic 3||EPL|
|27 Apr 2013||Southampton 0 - West Bromwich Albion 3||EPL|
|30||Sebastien Gabriel Tamaş||Defender|
|-||Sebastian Francisco Lletget||Midfielder|
The midfielder has forged a good partnership with Claudio Yacob when both players have been fit. Without him, though, the Congo international hasn't fared as well, and will face a tough time tracking Kevin Nolan into the box, a change from his usual box-to-box role.
The striker has had two good games against big sides Chelsea and Liverpool in recent weeks with the absence of Andy Carroll through injury. To really stake a claim for a starting role in the future, though, he will need to maintain that form and it will be interesting to see whether he does that up against Jonas Olsson.
This game should be a tight one, with not too many goals for either side. However, with the loss of Mohamed Diame to injury, expect West Brom to be the more attacking side, and they should get back to winning ways at the Hawthorns.
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