West Ham vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

West Bromwich Albion take on West Ham United at Upton Park in their first game since the sacking of Head Coach Alan Irvine.

The hosts will themselves be targeting a return to form after losing their last two games and falling to sixth place. Despite those setbacks, performances remain strong and they still pose a major goal threat through the pace of Enner Valencia and the aerial ability of Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho.

Goalkeeper Adrian is also in fine form, and his heroics almost enabled the Hammers to pick up a point from Sunday’s game against Arsenal, but in the end manager Sam Allardyce was left to rue the decision to disallow a goal for Alexandre Song in the first half.

For whatever reason, West Brom supporters never seemed to warm to Alan Irvine from the moment he was appointed in June. The Scot, regarded by many as a fine coach, was soon the target of frustrations from the stands and presided over just four wins from 19 Premier League matches.

The defeat last time out at Stoke City proved to be the final straw with the club lying 16th in the table, and Irvine becomes the latest in a long line of Head Coaches and managers to lost their job at the Hawthorns in recent years. The next man in looks set to be Tony Pulis, a usually reliable pair of hands for a difficult job.

West Ham have Ricardo Vaz Te back in contention after a lengthy spell out injured, but defender James Tomkins misses out through suspension.

Jonas Olsson is still out for Albion, who have doubts over Victor Anichebe, James Morrison and Sebastien Pocognoli.

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