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  • 16 December 2012
  • • 16:00
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 24186
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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

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

WEST BROM
West Bromwich Albion
Myhill
Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Popov
 Mulumbu, Morrison
Odemwingie, Gera, Brunt
Long
WEST HAM
  West Ham
Jaaskelainen
Demel, Collins, Reid, O'Brien
Tomkins, Noble
Taylor, Nolan, Jarvis
Cole

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.
  • West Ham have scored an average of 1.31 goals per game this season, the same average that West Brom have conceded per game.

Players to watch

Y. Mulumbu

Position: Midfielder

Games: 13

  • 0
  • 1
  • 0
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.

C. Cole

Position: Attacker

Games: 14

  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
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.

Editor's Prediction

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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

West Bromwich Albion

West Ham United

Wins
2
2
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
West Bromwich Albion FC West Bromwich Albion
Draw
West Ham United FC WHU
West Ham United FC West Ham United
45%
27%
28%

Top 3 Predictions

West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
2 - 1
West Ham United FC WHU
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
2 - 0
West Ham United FC WHU
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
1 - 2
West Ham United FC WHU

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