Premier League: West Ham v West Brom match preview
A look ahead to Saturday's encounter at Upton Park
Thursday 26 December 2013
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
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.
West Ham to win: 2.2
West Brom to win: 3.2
TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 at 12.45pm, highlights on BBC1 at 10.25pm.
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