West Bromwich Albion will be aiming to avoid a fourth straight Premier League defeat when West Ham United make the trip to the Hawthorns on Tuesday evening.
For the majority of Saturday’s game against Arsenal, the West Midlands were ineffective and created very little, with Saido Berahino rarely given a look-in. Worryingly, that has been a feature of Albion’s play in their slump, so Head Coach Alan Irvine may look to change things, although the likes of Brown Ideye, Georgios Samaras and Sebastian Blanco are doing little to force their way into the starting XI.
A strong second half display was enough to help West Ham earn their first win in four games against Newcastle United last time out, and the clean sheet would have delighted Sam Allardyce after they withstood heavy pressure late on.
At present, the whole team seems to be putting in a positive contribution to every game, and Aaron Cresswell added a goal to further increase his burgeoning reputation, with the manner of his finish serving to highlight the Hammers’ newfound attacking impetus.
For West Brom, Sebastien Pocognoli and James Morrison will both be assessed, but Jonas Olsson and Claudio Yacob definitely miss out due to injury and suspension respectively.
The away side have Winston Reid back following a one-match ban, and while Mark Noble and Alexandre Song will both have fitness tests, top scorer Diafra Sakho is still absent.
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