Premier League: West Ham v West Brom match preview

A look ahead to Saturday's encounter at Upton Park

After a disappointing Boxing Day Premier League performance, West Ham will have another chance for redemption this Saturday against a weakened West Brom.

In their first match against West Ham since March, the Baggies will travel to Upton Park to test the strength of Sam Allardyce’s team, who after winning only one in eight of the last premier league matches are in dangerous territory sitting second from bottom following the loss to Arsenal.

With a recovering Andy Carroll unlikely to make a surprise appearance to repeat the 3-1 win for the Hammers the last time they met, West Ham will rely heavily on captain Kevin Nolan and defender James Tomkins.

West Brom, who have faced mixed results this season and sit a perilous 15th place in the table, will want to secure a victory relying on the talented Morgan Amalfitano and Matej Vydra to gain some much needed points.

 

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 12.45 pm

 

PAST THREE MEETINGS:

West Ham 3 (Carroll 2, O’Neil) West Brom 1 (Dorrans), Premier League, March 2013

West Brom 0 West Ham 0, Premier League, December 2012

West Brom 3(Dorrans, Thomas, Reid) West Ham 3 (Ba 2, Cole), Premier League, February 2011

 

STATS:

West Brom have won one out of seven Boxing Day Premier League fixtures

West Ham have only won two of their home games this season.

50% of West Brom’s goals this season have come in the last 25 minutes of their matches.

 

ODDS:

West Ham to win: 2.2

West Brom to win: 3.2

Draw: 3.4

 

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 at 12.45pm, highlights on BBC1 at 10.25pm.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific
In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

Dame Colette Bowe - interview
When do the creative juices dry up?

When do the creative juices dry up?

David Lodge thinks he knows
The 'Cher moment' happening across fashion just now

Fashion's Cher moment

Ageing beauty will always be more classy than all that booty
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination

Health fears over school cancer jab

Shock new Freedom of Information figures show how thousands of girls have suffered serious symptoms after routine HPV injection
Fifa President Sepp Blatter warns his opponents: 'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

Fifa president Sepp Blatter issues defiant warning to opponents
Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report

Weather warning

Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report
LSD: Speaking to volunteer users of the drug as trials get underway to see if it cures depression and addiction

High hopes for LSD

Meet the volunteer users helping to see if it cures depression and addiction
German soldier who died fighting for UK in Battle of Waterloo should be removed from museum display and given dignified funeral, say historians

Saving Private Brandt

A Belgian museum's display of the skeleton of a soldier killed at Waterloo prompts calls for him to be given a dignified funeral