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Premier League Preview: West Ham United - West Bromwich Albion

Premier League Preview: West Ham United - West Bromwich Albion

Hammer Time

The east London side really need to start winning some much needed points if they are to stop a steady decline back to the Championship, five years after coming up. Saturday's draw at Birmingham looked for all the world like it was going to be the Hammers' first away win of the campaign but they let the home side back into the game.

Avram Grant has been told his job is secure (or given the dreaded vote of confidence, whichever depending on your disposition) but will be hoping Kieron Dyer’s return from injury can provide the spark that the team need and the midfielder might start against the Baggies. Although their record against their west Midlands opposition isn't great: a draw, and win and two defeats in their last four hostings of the Baggies.

Start As You Mean To Go On

The Baggies explosive start to their Premier League campaign is slowly wilting - with defeats to Blackpool and Manchester City in the past 10 days. And this despite the famous 3-2 victory at Arsenal, which as it stands represents their only away win of the campaign.

Manager Roberto Di Matteo is as a loss: “At the moment we just have a few problems with injuries and suspensions and we just have to deal as well as we can with it and lift ourselves up. It’s still a long season and it’s only early.”
TEAM NEWS

West Ham United

Mark Noble is still out recovering from appendicitis, but defender Manuel Da Costa may be available following an ankle injury.

Possible starting XI: Green; Jacobsen, Gabbidon, Upson, Ilunga; Behrami, Parker, Dyer; Piquionne, Cole, Obinna.



West Bromwich Albion

Youssuf Mulumbu is missing after picking up a red card in the home defeat to Manchester City at the weekend, and will be sitting out serving a one-match ban.

Defender Gonzalo Jara is also suspended - serving the second of his three-game ban for his dismissal at Blackpool. Fellow defender Nicky Shorey is racing to overcome an ankle injury picked up in the defeat to City, while Steven Reid (Achilles) and James Morrison (knee) should be back.

Possible starting XI: Carson; Shorey, Ibanez, Tamas, Cech; Thomas, Morrison, Brunt; Miller, Fortune, Odemwingie.

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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
1Robert GreenGoalkeeper
2Lars JacobsenDefender
20Matthew UpsonDefender
19Danny GabbidonDefender
23H. IlungaDefender
8Kieron DyerMidfielder
28Scott ParkerMidfielder
34Boa MorteMidfielder
17Pablo Edson BarreraStriker
39Frédéric PiquionneStriker
9Carlton ColeStriker
34Marek StechGoalkeeper
5James TomkinsDefender
23Jonathan SpectorMidfielder
2Winston ReidDefender
33Victor Nsofor ObinnaStriker
-Radoslav KovacDefender
17Benni McCarthyStriker
22Scott CarsonGoalkeeper
12Steven ReidDefender
-Pablo IbáñezDefender
30Gabriel Sebastian TamaşDefender
-Marek CechDefender
17Graham DorransMidfielder
33Paul ScharnerMidfielder
11Chris BruntMidfielder
7James MorrisonMidfielder
-Jerome ThomasDefender
9Peter OdemwingieStriker
13B. MyhillGoalkeeper
20Nicky ShoreyDefender
2Gianni ZuiverloonDefender
5Somen TchoyiMidfielder
-Simon CoxStriker
23Giles BarnesMidfielder
28Marc-Antoine FortuneStriker
Players to Watch
Frédéric Piquionne
Frédéric Piquionne
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 39
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The forward is the Hammers' on-form player, with four goals in seven games, including a strike in Saturday's draw at Birmingham. The Frenchman's trickery could well unsettle the home defence, a defence that is leaking goals all over the place at the moment.
Marc-Antoine Fortune
Marc-Antoine Fortune
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 28
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The last time the Baggies grabbed a win - way back in October at home to Fulham - the Frenchman scored the winner and Di Matteo will need more of the same if his side are to come away with anything resembling a result at West Ham.

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