Slaven Bilic has plenty to address after last week’s remarkable collapse against Watford, which leaves the Hammers just one point above the relegation zone. His West Brom counterpart Tony Pulis is also under a considerable pressure from the fans after an underwhelming start to the season. So, both managers will look to grind out the best from their sides when Wet Brom host West Ham at Hawthorns.
West Ham have won just one game this season in the Premier League which was a narrow 1-0 affair against Bournemouth. They are on the back of a 2-4 defeat at the hands of Watford from Saturday where the Hornets overturned a 0-2 deficit in an amazing fashion. On the other hand, West Brom are on the back of a 1-0 loss to Bournemouth from last week.
West Brom have just one injury concern for this game as Chris Brunt won’t be available.
Captain Mark Noble has been passed fit to play after picking up an injury against Watford. He required as many as eight stitches on his hand. Aaron Cresswell and Andre Ayew are both progressing well but are still several weeks away from fitness. Andy Carroll is still a few weeks away from full fitness. Alvaro Arbeloa is working on his fitness but this game will be too soon for him.
Tactical setups and predicted lineups
The Baggies are expected to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Foster under the bar behind the back four of Dawson, McAuley, Evans and Galloway. Claudio Yacob and Darren Fletcher are likely to pair up in midfield with youngster Sam Field operating as a number ten. Matt Phillips and Nacer Chadli will start on the flanks with Saido Berahino operating as the number nine.
Starting XI: Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Galloway; Yacob, Fletcher; Phillips, Field, Chadli; Berahino
Slaven Bilic is likely to for a 4-2-3-1 formation with Adrian under the bar behind the back four of Byram, Reid, Collins and Masuaku. Skipper Mark Noble will start in midfield alongside Cheikhou Kouyate with Manuel Lanzini as the number ten. In-form Antonio and magical Payet will start on the flanks with Zaza as the number nine.
Starting XI: Adrian; Byram, Collins, Reid, Masuaku; Noble, Kouyate; Antonio, Lanzini, Payet; Zaza
West Brom to win: 23/13
West Ham to win: 19/10