West Ham United V West Bromwich Albion Preview
Author: ExWHUEmployee. Published: 10 February 2017 at 9:32pm
Written by @DeportivoHammer
Nothing better than getting 3 points from an away game, which is exactly what was needed after getting yet another beating from Manchester City midweek. Bouncing back from a poor defeat is a great show of character and while Southampton may not be in the best of form at the moment, it’s never easy to travel and win in the premier league.
This weekend we turn our focus onto West Bromwich Albion, a team I have never had any love for due to them being a kind of boring and irrelevant. Plus they have Tony Pulis as a manager who I feel loves the draw more than Big Sam did. But I should give them a bit of credit they managed to beat us 4-2 at the Hawthorns earlier this year and they sit one place above us in the table. Them in 8th place 5 points clear of us in 9th. They are also on a very good run of form with 4 wins and a draw in their last 6 games. Although I would like to add the opposition during this time we’re not the best.
West Ham United on the other hand seem to be good one minute then poor the next. Consistency being the key to a successful season in the premiership. Last season we managed to draw a lot of games while not losing so many. But still 3 wins and 3 defeats from 6 doesn’t sound as good as 3 wins in our last 4 games. I always like to put a positive spin on things.
Some bad news is that Andy Carroll has not trained all week and is a doubt for tomorrow’s game. This would be a great shame as the man has been in great form in front of goal. But I also hope the club don’t try and take a risk with this and only play him if he is totally fit. Kouyate and Creswell have also been struggling with knocks this week. Sakho, Ogbonna and Masuraku will definitely be out. But we should welcome back Andre Ayew from international duty. Sam Byram is also a doubt.
West Brom will be giving a late fitness tests to Jonny Evans and Brendon Galloway while Claudio Yacoub should be back in the squad.
Predicted line ups :
West Ham United : Randolph, Kouyate, Reid, Fonte, Cresswell, Obiang, Noble, Snodgrass, Antonio, Feghouli, Ayew.
West Bromwich Albion : Foster, Nyom, Dawson, McAuley, Brunt, Fletcher, Livermore, Philips, Morrison, Chadli, Rondon.
I have not included Carroll as I think we will be better off making sure he can complete the rest of the season, although I would have him on the bench if we are looking for a goal in the last 15 mins or so. Revenge surely has to be on our minds going into this game and I really hope Bilic gets the team fired up for this one as I do not feel they are as good as people are making them out to be. I predict we will win 2-1 with Carroll getting a late winner.