West Ham vs West Brom Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
West Ham vs West Brom | Thursday 1 January, 2014 | Upton Park | 15.00
Alan Irvine was sacked from West Brom earlier this week after just seven months in charge and the Baggies now have a tough time ahead with a clash at West Ham on Thursday.
The Baggies had a disappointing start to the season, winning just four of their first nineteen games and they currently sit just one point clear of the relegation zone following three consecutive defeats.
The final straw for Irvine came on Sunday at Stoke City where his side lost 2-0, prompting his subsequent dismissal.
A new boss for the Baggies has yet to be announced but West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is wary that the side may bounce back as they did last year.
“I think initiall it can be a disadvantage,” said Allardyce. “When West Brom experience change [with the appointment of Pepe Mel] last year we played them soon after and we lost 1-0.
“For us it’s about trying to re-establish our winning ways because we had a run of seven unbeaten at home [before losing 2-1 to Arsenal on Sunday].
“West Brom will be a tough game, I saw their game against Manchester City and they created a lot of chances. They’ll be a threat and we need to be aware of that. It was a tough 2-1 win for us earlier in the year.”
West Ham have had a strong season so far but dropped out of the top four after defeats to both Chelsea and Arsenal over the Christmas period.
Allardyce remains in a strong position however with a virtually entirely fit squad to pick from as the side look to bounce back. James Tomkins will be the only player absent due to suspension but James Collins is set to replace him for Thursday’s clash.
West Brom’s caretaker manager Rob Kelly however has several injured players to worry about, with midfielder James Morrison (knee) and Stephane Sessegnon (calf) both out alongside Sebastien Pocognoli and Victor Anichebe (groin).
West Ham may have the upper hand in this contest but Kelly is convinced that West Brom can cause them a lot of problems on the pitch.
“They’ve moved forward, they’ve moved it on again. I’m not overly surprised with their form,” he said.
“They ask questions of you in your last third. They’re very good with balls into your box, with set plays, they’ve got some good individual players but so have we.
“We’re aware of their threats but we’ve got threats of our own.”
West Ham vs West Brom Betting Tips
West Ham will surely take the three points in this clash as they push to get back to winning form. Paddy Power has the Hammers at 11/4 to win with both teams to score, while Diafra Sakho looks good to score first at 4/1 with Betway.