Can West Brom End Their Three Game Lull Without a Victory?
Last updated: September 16, 2016 by John Kettle
|Last season:||West Brom 0 – 3 West Ham|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
With both teams still struggling to find their feet so far this season, tomorrow’s clash at the Hawthorns is sure to be a closely fought encounter. The Baggies have now gone three games without securing a victory after last weekend’s away game against Bournemouth saw the visitors go down to a late goal in the 79th minute. Their only win was in the opening weekend away at Crystal Palace; since then they’ve been struggling for form and have failed to come up with the goods up front – the home team have managed only two goals in all of their Premier League outings this year. In comparison, West Ham also haven’t had the brightest start to the season. The Hammers also have just one victory to their name so far in the campaign, and will be eager to bounce back from last weekend’s disappointing capitulation last week at Vicarage Road.
It must be said that the main concern for West Brom going into this match is their attack. Much the same story as last season, we know that The Baggies are stubborn at the back and will make the opposition work for every success. However, it’s the lack of accuracy in front of goal that keeps letting them down; if they improve this, then they may see their fortunes changing.
West Ham have been quite the opposite in this year. They’ve looked threatening going forward, with many of the problems showing at the back. The pressure got to them last weekend as they relinquished what looked like a pretty comfortable 2-0 lead with less than 40 minutes played to some woeful defending and a severe lack of urgency. However away from home and with Payet and Lanzini back in the squad, we’re expecting the Hammers to get their season back on track.
Despite some question marks surrounding his future at the club and some sharp criticism from the fans after last week’s match against Bournemouth, Tony Pulis has confirmed that he will remain as club manager.
Young talent Tony Pulis will make his long awaited return from injury next week. He is set to feature in Monday night’s U23 fixture against Aston Villa.
West Ham captain Mark Noble has been declared fit for Saturday after an injury in last week’s game against Watford left him with eight stitches in his hand.
Dimitri Payet is back fit and expected to start in tomorrow’s match. This will surely give West Ham a much needed boost as the French forward is known for providing moments of magic.
|West Brom (4-2-3-1):||Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Galloway, Fletcher, Yacob, Phillips, Field, Chadli, Rondon|
|Subs||Nyom, Olsson, Gardner, Berahino, Myhill, McClean, Leko|
|West Ham (4-2-3-1):||Adrian, Byram, Reid, Collins, Masuaku, Kouyate, Noble, Antonio, Lanzini, Payet, Zaza|
|Subs||Randolph, Nordtveit, Obiang, Tore, Ogbonna, Fletcher, Calleri|
|Injured:||Creswell, Ayew, Cullen, Carroll|
So far this season
|West Brom this season||West Ham this season|
|1 (1)||(at home) Wins (away)||1 (0)|
|1-0 vs. Crystal Palace||Biggest win||1-0 vs. Bournemouth|
|1 (0)||(at home) Draws (away)||0 (0)|
|1-2 vs. Everton||Biggest Defeat||2-4 vs. Watford|
|Salomon Rondon (1)||Top scorer||Michail Antonio (4)|
|Craig Gardner (1)||Assist Leader||Dimitri Payet (2)|
|Y9, R0||Discipline||Y10, R0|
|2||Failures to score||0|
|1||Both Teams to Score Games||3|
|1||Over 2.5 Games||3|
|3||Under 2.5 Games||1|
- It has been a bit of a mixed bag for West Brom so far this season. Somewhat ominously, their problems of the previous few seasons seem to be continuing. A lack of goals up front is cancelling out good work done at the back. The team have kept 2 clean sheets in 4 games, but have failed to produce enough going forward.
- West Ham’s season in a new stadium has been marred somewhat from the results. Just 1 win and 3 defeats so far is not acceptable by the club’s standards and manager Slavan Bilic will be expecting victory here now that his team is back to full strength. The club have scored at least once against all opposition so far and leading goal scorer Antonio will be confident he can add to his tally of four, especially now that the services of Payet and Lanzini are back in the squad.
- The defensive strengths of the team will be put to the test against visitors who have scored in each game so far this campaign. But the club will feel they can cope; with under 2.5 goals in 75% of The Baggies matches so far, this one looks set to be another tight and low scoring affair.
- The problems however have been largely defensive ones. West Ham will also be confident of keeping a clean sheet against a West Brom side that have failed to score in half of their matches so far. But with their defence struggling, there could be a few surprises in this match.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|4/30/2016||Premier League||West Brom 0 – 3 West Ham||Kouyate 34′|
|11/29/2015||Premier League||West Ham 1 – West Brom 1||Zarate 17′|
|2/14/2015||FA Cup||West Brom 4 – 0 West Ham||Ideye 20′|
|1/1/2015||Premier League||West Ham 1 – 1 West Brom||Sakho 10′|
|12/2/2014||Premier League||West Brom – 1 – 2 West Ham||Dawson 10′|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
We are expecting this weekend to be a really tight and low scoring fixture. The bookies have West Brom down as the slight favourites, but we think that West Ham will do a lot better this weekend away from the pressure of the home crowd at the new London stadium and snatch a 2-1 victory. If you feel like betting against odds, you can find some pretty decent prices at one of the UK’s favourite operators Coral.