West Brom perspective: Scott Bytheway, Baggies Blog
Baggies have a potential 6 first team players out for tomorrow’s game with the Hammers however it is hoped that Ben Foster will return after missing several games with groin problems. Ridgewell and Yakob are expected to be missing with foot and hamstring injuries respectively. Interestingly, Steve Clarke also has said that three others are struggling to make the game, however has chosen to not name the players in question for tactical reasons.
Despite losing the last three games, Albion still remain in 6th position, and joint 4th on points. This says something about the rich vein of form they hit before their contrasting poor results of recent weeks. That said, they have only played poorly for one half of those last three games, which was the first 45 minutes against Swansea away. The recent dip will have made the players realise they shouldn't take the good start to the season for granted, and I'll expect a committed performance from the baggies tomorrow to put their season back on the right rails.
Head to head
The Baggies and Hammers have drawn their last three meetings, with the Hammers coming back from 3-1 to snatch a 3-3 draw at the Hawthorns when they met in 2011. I'd say both these clubs are similarly pitched at the moment and these are the games that Albion should be looking to win at home.
Best Bets: Both teams to score at 1.67
Peter Odemwingie to score first at 6.50
Over 2.5 goals at 1.84
Score Prediction: West Brom 2-1 West Ham (8.75)
West Ham perspective: Graeme Howlett, Knees Up Mother Brown
West Ham United's injuries problems were further exacerbated last weekend by the loss of the in-form Mo Diame, who pulled a hamstring towards the end of the home game with Liverpool. Full-back George McCartney is doubtful whilst the on-loan and injured Yossi Benayoun has been sent back to Chelsea to continue his rehabilitation. Jack Collison, Ricardo Vaz Te and Alou Diarra are all still at least a fortnight away from returning to action whilst Andy Carroll is unlikely to be fit until the end of January at the earliest.
The Irons have been particularly impressive at the Boleyn Ground this season but away from home their form has been somewhat patchier. Three of West Ham's last four away games have ended in defeat, with the sole success coming at St James' Park against Newcastle - although not many teams will record wins at Tottenham and Man Utd this year (Wigan perhaps more so). However seven points from seven games isn't the worst haul on the road for a newly-promoted side.
The last time these two sides met was an absolute cracker with West Ham coming back from 3-0 down at half time to grab an unlikely draw at the Hawthorns in February 2011, thanks to Scott Parker's Churchill-esque half time speech. In fact, the last three meetings have ended in stalemate whilst you have to go back to September 2008 - Gianfranco Zola's first game as West Ham manager - for a decisive result; the Baggies winning that one 3-2. Overall West Ham have 35 wins to Albion's 37, with 19 draws to boot.
Kevin Nolan to score anytime at 4.00
Both teams to score at 1.67
Over 2.5 goals at 1.84