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  • December 16, 2012
  • • 11:00 AM
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: P. Dowd
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Premier League Preview: West Brom - West Ham

Premier League Preview: West Brom - West Ham

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Steve Clarke's side is 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 is 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 likely deputizing at left-back again, and James Morrison likely dropping 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 has 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 has only gained one point from a losing situation this season, the worst total in the league.
  • West Brom has been behind at halftime on four occasions this season and has gone on to lose every one of those games.
  • When winning at halftime, though, 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.
  • West Ham has scored an average of 1.31 goals per game this season, the same average that West Brom has conceded per game.

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13B. MyhillGoalkeeper
3Jonas OlssonDefender
4Goran PopovDefender
23Gareth McAuleyDefender
28Billy JonesDefender
7James MorrisonMidfielder
11Chris BruntMidfielder
21Youssouf MulumbuMidfielder
22Zoltán GeraMidfielder
21Shane LongStriker
9Peter OdemwingieStriker
19Luke DanielsGoalkeeper
25Craig DawsonDefender
-Sebastien Gabriel TamaşDefender
17Graham DorransMidfielder
9Markus RosenbergStriker
18Romelu LukakuStriker
28Marc-Antoine FortuneStriker
22Jussi JaaskelainenGoalkeeper
2Winston ReidDefender
17Joey O'BrienDefender
19James CollinsDefender
20Guy DemelDefender
4Kevin NolanMidfielder
7Matthew JarvisMidfielder
7Matthew TaylorMidfielder
16Mark NobleMidfielder
26Gary O'NeilMidfielder
9Carlton ColeStriker
30Raphael SpiegelGoalkeeper
5James TomkinsDefender
42Jordan SpenceDefender
-George MoncurMidfielder
43Sebastian Francisco LletgetMidfielder
10Modibo MaigaStriker

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