West Ham vs West Brom Match Preview
Following a thoroughly disappointing defeat against Spurs last weekend, Slaven Bilic and Co. will be determined to take all three points from this weekend’s visit of West Brom.
The Hammers have now gone eight matches without a clean sheet and have only won two of their last seven games, so a defeat Sunday could begin to pile pressure on the boys in claret and blue.
The last time these two sides met, the Baggies ran riot in the FA Cup Fifth round, putting four past Sam Allardyce’s side, but a lot has changed since then.
Manuel Lanzini has been tasked with filling the void left by the injured Dimitri Payet, and managed to score an excellent goal at Spurs.
In fact, Lanzini has bagged himself a goal in each of the last three Premier League matches where he has played the full 90 minutes, so it will be crucial he plays well.
Even though Salomón Rondón is the leading man for the Albion, Saido Berahino is the key man for West Brom, simply because he has scored in four of his five appearances against the Hammers.
The visitors will be full of confidence following an exceptional victory against Arsenal last weekend, but they aren’t the only side to beat the Gunners, with West Ham doing so on the opening day of the season, without the need for an own goal.
Sunday’s game will likely be a tight affair, with the first half expected to be full of action, especially seeing as the Irons have conceded 65% of their 20 goals in the opening 45 minutes, higher than anyone else in the league.
Six of the last nine encounters between the two sides have ended in draws, and considering West Ham’s home record and West Brom’s current form, it could end that way once again.
A win for Tony Pulis’ side would put them within a point of the Hammers, but a victory for the boys in claret and blue could see them leapfrog London rivals Spurs, getting revenge for last week’s defeat.
Prediction: 3-1 to West Ham. The transitional game without Dimitri Payet is over and Bilic’s men will be more familiar with their new shape. Revenge after the 4-0 thrashing will inspire a confident display.
West Ham: Adrian; Tomkins, Reid ©, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Kouyate, Song, Lanzini, Moses; Sakho, Carroll
West Brom: Myhill; Evans, Olsson, Brunt, Dawson; Morrison, Yacob, McClean, Sessegnon Fletcher; Rondón.