West Bromwich Albion - West Ham United Preview: Baggies look to build momentum for run-in

Match preview of Saturday's Premier League clash between West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United at The Hawthorns

West Bromwich Albion - West Ham United Preview: Baggies look to build momentum for run-in
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West Bromwich Albion will look to build on last Monday's impressive point at White Hart Lane versus Tottenham Hotspur, as Slaven Bilic's West Ham United make the trip to The Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon, in the Premier League

The point The Baggies took away from North London, effectively ended The Lily Whites chances of hunting down Leicester City at the top of the table and Tony Pulis will be keen for his side to get back some home form, as they entertain The Irons.

Baggies winless at home since March

West Brom's see-saw campaign has been underlined by the last ten games. After losing to Newcastle United, The Baggies won two of the next three, drew at The King Power Stadium to The Foxes but then went without a win in six as they now are, losing four.

Pulis' side are the ultimate in Jekkyl and Hyde outfits, as Spurs found to their cost just four days ago. It is worth noting however, that West Brom are without a win at The Hawthorns since besting Manchester United at the beginning of March.

West Brom have lost the last two games at home, most surprisingly to a Norwich City side attempting stave off the drop to The Championship.

Hammers unbeaten away since early February  

The Hammers will prove to be tough opposition and are unbeaten away from Upton Park, since Southampton turned them over 1-0 at St. Marys almost three months ago.

Bilic' side have not suffered travel sickness this term only lost on two other occasions on the road, to Spurs and Watford, in two consecutive away losses.

West Ham have recorded impressive wins at The Emirates Stadium, Anfield and The Etihad and despite those coming in the early part of the season, their unbeaten stretch confirms their solidity as a unit. 

Visitors edge league record

West Ham then will fancy their chances of taking at least a point away from the West Midlands. Indeed their record suggests so. In the 15 times the sides have met in the Premier League, The Irons have won five, with West Brom notching three. There have been seven draws.

A Mauro Zarate free-kick was cancelled out by Winston Reid's own goal back in November (photo:getty)
A Mauro Zarate free-kick was cancelled out by Winston Reid's own goal back in November (photo:getty)

One of which came back in November, when the two shared the spoils via goals from Mauro Zarate and an own goal from Winston Reid

If West Brom are to keep their opponents at bay, they will have to keep the imperious Dimitri Payet at bay. The Reunion Island-born attacker, has nine goals and ten assists to his name - many from dead-ball situations.

Team News

Tony Pulis has a number of concerns over his squad. Saido Berahino was withdrawn versus Spurs due to a foot injury and is a doubt.

As is Ben Foster, who replaced by Boaz Myhill on Monday, with a similar complaint and is also rated as doubtful.

Alex Pritchard is still absent with a hip injury.

James Morrison may make his long-awaited return next week, but Chris Brunt is out until next season.

Conversely, West Ham have almost a clean bill of health.

The only absentee for Slaven Bilic is Arsenal loanee Carl Jenkinson, who has an ACL knee injury.