West Brom v West Ham preview
By Tim Oscroft. Last Updated: 17/12/12 12:40pm
Ben Foster: Back in training but may not make the cut for the visit of West Ham
West Brom and West Ham will both be keen to put last weekend's defeats behind them when they meet at the Hawthorns.
Three straight defeats have taken the gloss off West Brom's eye-catching start to the season after four wins on the bounce had seen the Baggies reach the giddy heights of third place, before a disastrous first half at Swansea heralded a change in fortunes.
The changes made by Steve Clarke for the Stoke game did not work out, and the defeat at Arsenal pushed West Brom down into sixth place.
Ben Foster has been absent for the last six games, with West Brom's last clean sheet coming in the goalkeeper's most recent appearance before his groin surgery.
West Ham will be keen to earn their third away win of the season following on from their home defeat by Liverpool.
The Hammers had hit back after conceding an early goal to take the lead before half-time, only to see old boy Joe Cole equalise.
James Collins' own goal sent West Ham to defeat when hopes had been high of following up the stirring win over Chelsea a week earlier with another three points.
Their last visit to the Hawthorns, in February 2011, saw the Hammers claim a point despite conceding three goals before half-time.
Claudio Yacob, Ben Foster and Liam Ridgewell are all doubtful despite returning to training this week.
Yacob was forced to miss last weekend's defeat to Arsenal with a hamstring problem, while Ridgewell limped off with an ankle injury against the Gunners.
Foster has missed the last six games following groin surgery, but it seems unlikely that he will be risked with Boaz Myhill set to continue.
George McCartney's knee injury, suffered in training this week, has added to an already lengthy injury list for West Ham.
The defender is a major doubt, while Mohamed Diame is out until January with a hamstring problem picked up against Liverpool.
Yossi Benayoun, Andy Carroll and Jack Collison (all knee), Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) and Alou Diarra (thigh) will all miss out.
- There have been three penalties awarded in the last four Premier League meetings between West Brom and West Ham.
- The last three Premier League meetings between the Hammers and the Baggies have ended as draws.
- The Hammers have fashioned the highest percentage of attempts from set pieces in the Premier League this term (40%).
Previous game's starting line-ups
- 13 Myhill
- 28 Jones
- 23 McAuley
- 3 Olsson J
- 6 Ridgewell
- 21 Mulumbu
- 5 Yacob
- 18 Amalfitano
- 29 Sessegnon
- 11 Brunt
- 9 Long
Team taken from West Bromwich Albion vs Cardiff City (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 14th December 2013
- 13 Adrian
- 17 O'Brien
- 19 Collins
- 3 McCartney
- 8 Rat
- 10 Collison
- 18 Diarra
- 14 Taylor
- 26 Cole J
- 24 Cole C
- 7 Jarvis
Team taken from West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur (Capital One Cup) on Wednesday 18th December 2013
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West Brom v West Ham
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