West Bromwich Albion v West Ham

16 Sep

West Ham's Michail Antonio


West Ham’s Michail Antonio scored twice in last weekend’s defeat against Watford

TEAM NEWS

Deadline-day signing Hal Robson-Kanu could be included in the West Brom squad for the first time.

Midfielder James Morrison is close to a return after a hamstring problem but the West Ham match may come too soon.

West Ham skipper Mark Noble is fit despite needing eight stitches in a hand injury sustained last weekend.

Andy Carroll is running again but remains sidelined, along with Aaron Cresswell, Diafra Sakho, Alvaro Arbeloa and Andre Ayew.

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

Mark Scott: “The rubber-stamping of West Brom’s takeover has put Tony Pulis’ future in the spotlight again.

“He insists he doesn’t expect much to change under the new owner, but he could certainly do with things going in a different direction on the pitch, as wins and goals continue to be in very short supply.

“Pulis would love West Ham to be as charitable at the back as they were last week, with the Hammers going from the sublime to the ridiculous against Watford.

“Slaven Bilic is hopeful that capitulation will be a turning point and is expecting a ‘big response’. After losing three of their opening four league games, he needs one.”

Twitter: @Mark_Scott_

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

West Brom head coach Tony Pulis: “I don’t think the new owners will change too much from the way Jeremy (Peace) has run the football club. They’ve bought into Jeremy’s model….I think they are going to try to run it on similar lines.

“I’m pleased and the chairman and the new owner are pleased to get the deal done. The way it drifted and moved, you get involved in it, no question of a doubt.

“So it’s pleasing for everybody that we now know and we can move on from here.”

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic: “I don’t think my players under-estimate any team we have played so far. We were expecting a tough game against Watford and were right.

“We’ve had a good meeting and now I’m waiting for the reaction tomorrow. Mistakes will happen but we have to defend better and defend like we did last season.”

LAWRO’S PREDICTION

I think we might see a positive reaction from West Ham’s players after they collapsed from 2-0 up to lose 4-2 at home to Watford last week.

The way that game went was just bizarre and, after that, a point here would be a good result for the Hammers.

Prediction: 1-1

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MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • West Brom are on a four-game winless league run against the Hammers (D2, L2).
  • Seven of the last 11 league meetings have been drawn.

West Brom

  • West Brom have only won one of their last 13 Premier League matches (D5, L7), scoring just six goals in the process.
  • Since Tony Pulis took charge in January 2015, West Brom have failed to score in 21 Premier League matches – the joint-highest number among current clubs in the division (level with Crystal Palace and Sunderland).
  • Salomon Rondon has scored three of West Brom’s last four league goals.

West Ham

  • West Ham have lost five of their last seven Premier League games, including three successive away fixtures.
  • They have scored in 17 consecutive league games, the longest current such run in the division.
  • Michail Antonio has scored a league-high 10 headed goals since the start of last season.

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