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  • 30 March 2013
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West Ham - West Brom Preview: Out-of-form Hammers face comfortable Baggies

West Ham - West Brom Preview: Out-of-form Hammers face comfortable Baggies

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Sam Allardyce's suffered their first defeat in four home matches during their last outing at Upton Park and currently sit just six points clear of the relegation zone

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

WEST HAM

Jaaskelainen
Demel, Collins, Reid, O'Brien
O'Neil, Diame, Collison
J Cole, Carroll, Jarvis

WEST BROM

Foster
Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell
Yacob, Mulumbu
Dorrans, 
Brunt, Thomas
Lukaku

West Ham could welcome defender George McCartney back from injury, but Sam Allardyce is expected to continue with Guy Demel and Joey O’Brien in the full-back positions.

However, Mark Noble (knee) remains sidelined whilst six-goal top scorer Kevin Nolan (toe) is also doubtful, so Gary O’Neil and Jack Collison could continue in midfield.

Joe Cole has recovered from injury and could replace Ricardo Vaz Te in the starting line-up, while left-sided attacker Matt Taylor is another option.

For the visitors, Steven Reid could return at right-back in place of Billy Jones after regaining fitness.

Playmaker James Morrison (hamstring) is doubtful and missed Scotland’s international fixtures while fellow midfielders Zoltan Gera and George Thorne (both knee) are also out.

Chris Brunt could therefore continue behind lone striker Romelu Lukaku with Jerome Thomas and Graham Dorrans out wide.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • West Ham have taken only seven points from their last nine league matches.
  • A late concession against Tottenham in their last home game ended a three-match unbeaten run at Upton Park.
  • West Brom have won three of their last five matches to stay in the running for European qualification following an eight-game winless run.
  • Steve Clarke's side now need just three more points to equal their best-ever points return in the Premier League.
  • The Baggies have, however, lost six of their last nine Premier League matches away from the Hawthorns, and have only won one of their last 13 league games in London.
  • The last four matches between these sides have ended in draws, including a 0-0 tie at the Hawthorns earlier this season.
  • West Brom have not conceded more than once in any of their last six Premier League matches, while West Ham have only scored more than a single goal on one occasion in their last nine outings.
  • Romelu Lukaku’s 13 Premier League goals leave him joint-sixth in the league's scoring charts.

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Available Squads
22Jussi JaaskelainenGoalkeeper
2Winston ReidDefender
17Joey O'BrienDefender
19James CollinsDefender
20Guy DemelDefender
4Kevin NolanMidfielder
7Matthew JarvisMidfielder
21Mohamed DiameMidfielder
26Gary O'NeilMidfielder
9Andy CarrollStriker
12Ricardo Vaz TeStriker
13Stephen HendersonGoalkeeper
3George McCartneyDefender
5James TomkinsDefender
-Jack CollisonMidfielder
9Carlton ColeStriker
7Matthew TaylorMidfielder
29Marouane ChamakhStriker
1Ben FosterGoalkeeper
3Jonas OlssonDefender
6Liam RidgewellDefender
23Gareth McAuleyDefender
-Billy JonesDefender
5Claudio YacobMidfielder
11Chris BruntMidfielder
17Graham DorransMidfielder
21Youssouf MulumbuMidfielder
24Shane LongStriker
17Romelu LukakuStriker
13B. MyhillGoalkeeper
6Goran PopovDefender
-Sebastien Gabriel TamaşDefender
14Jerome ThomasMidfielder
9Markus RosenbergStriker
9Peter OdemwingieStriker
28Marc-Antoine FortuneStriker
Players to Watch
Mohamed Diame
Mohamed Diame
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0

The 25-year-old will take on greater responsibility in midfield now Mark Noble is ruled out for the season and could be without the help of Kevin Nolan for this game.

The Senegal international has enjoyed an impressive season and will be relied upon to provide control in the middle of the park.

Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0

The 19-year-old has netted seven goals since the start of 2013 to bring his total to 13 league goals during his season-long spell with the Baggies.

Having sat out Belgium's two most recent World Cup qualifiers thanks to the form of Christian Benteke, the young forward will be keen to get back amongst the goals here.

Prediction
A win could almost secure their survival but the Hammers approach the game following a poor run of results and with uncertainty over the fitness of their top scorer Kevin Nolan.

Sam Allardyce will be wary of over-committing in attack given West Brom’s pace on the counter and could opt for caution, while Steve Clarke could be content with a point given the Baggies’ poor away record.
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