Our live stream ahead of Tuesdays Premier League match, West Ham vs West Brom is now up, kicking off at 18.00 GMT
You can keep an eye on the commentary as it happens below, but first, we take a preview into the fixture, lineups, predictions and much more…
The Hammers’ last outing saw them extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to four matches after securing a narrow 1-0 win over Burnley at the London Stadium.
Michail Antonio – who made his first start since November against the Clarets after overcoming a hamstring injury – netted within the opening 10 minutes to maintain West Ham’s top-half standing going into their clash with the Baggies.
Saturday’s narrow win comes after Moyes’s men had beaten Stockport County and Everton by the same scoreline, and having now kept four clean sheets in succession, West Ham are yet to ship a goal in 2021.
The capital outfit now find themselves level on points with London rivals Chelsea as the season approaches its midway point, although coronavirus-hit Aston Villa are three points behind having played three fewer matches, so there is plenty of work still to be done for this in-form West Ham side.
Allardyce has never been afraid to criticise his West Brom crop during his below-par start to life in the hotseat, but there is now genuine belief that the 66-year-old could once again pull off one of his famed great escapes.
The Baggies manager earned his first victory in the dugout at the sixth attempt on Saturday lunchtime – claiming the Black Country bragging rights in an enthralling 3-2 win over Wolves at Molineux.
The atmosphere in the Baggies camp would not have been positive after being knocked out of the FA Cup by Blackpool, and they are still five points adrift of safety in 19th, but that vital win at Wolves has given Allardyce’s men something to build on heading into the second half of the campaign.
The two clubs last met in January 2020, in the fourth round of the FA Cup with then Championship side West Brom progressing after a 1-0 victory at the London Stadium…
We’ve shown consistency this season
“It has been tough to get consistency this season, but thankfully we’ve shown bits of it at different times.”
“We’re in a decent run at this moment in time, but I don’t take any of it for granted. We know we’re going have to play really well and work very hard in every game we win.”
“It’s something I’ve been trying to bring. I want to have a level of consistency, whether that be just general fixtures or in our league position over many seasons – we’re trying to achieve a level of consistency. I have to say the players are performing really well.”
“We didn’t start the season particularly well in the first two games, but if you take those two out of it, you know we’ve been in really good form at this present moment in time.”
“We hope that continues. We don’t take it for granted. I understand the players are doing a great job and we’re encouraging them to continually improve.”
“We don’t want to be finishing where we are just now – we want to pick up a lot more points.”
Michail Antonio is continuing to step up…
“It’s really difficult for us at the moment with three games in eight days.”
“Mich’s managed himself in the games quite well. I don’t think he’s at full tilt at the moment. He’s doing well, but I know there’s another couple of gears for him to go up to at the moment and I think he’s protecting himself slightly”
“He’s an important part of the team for us – you could see that with his goal on Saturday, it got us a result – so we’ve got to be careful with him. “
“But we also want to win games and keep moving forwards, so we’ll try and get Mich ready for the West Brom game. I think it’s a really quick set of games for lots of clubs and we’re no different to others.”
We’re out there trying in the transfer window…
“The January window helped us greatly last year, but it’s never an easy window and we’ve not got much time to do it.”
“If we can find somebody we think we can add to the squad who can help us get better, we’re going to try and do that. We’ve had one or two offers for players either be rejected or they’re not available or it’s too much money in our eyes. It is a transfer window and we’re out there trying.”
“We’ve got a really good squad at the moment with players who are really contributing. Whether it be in the starting eleven or coming off the bench, the boys have done really well.”
“We’ve just lost Robert Snodgrass and Seb Haller, so we’re aware that we’re two senior players down from where we were a few weeks ago, but if we can get somebody in, great, but if we don’t, we’ll work with what we’ve got.”
It’s great to see Big Sam back in football
“I’m really glad to see Big Sam back in football again because he’s a great character. He’s been a terrific manager wherever he’s been, and he’s added so many things to the football in this country over the years.”
“I hope it’s not a successful night when he comes back to London Stadium tomorrow!”
“Overall, I’m really pleased to have him back in football. Sam’s just got the ability. He knows ways to press the button on players and he’s always recruited well when the club he’s at has been under pressure, so from that point of view, if we can get what Sam’s given to clubs before, West Brom’ll be doing fine – but I hope that’s after tomorrow night!”
I want to see more of the same
“I want more of many things, but above all, I want more of the same attitude the players are showing.”
“Their commitment has been brilliant in all the games. Their attitude’s great. Round the training ground, round the Club, they’ve been really good, and it’s shown on the field.”
“You can see the togetherness. You can see how hard they’re working to get victories. Long may that continue.”
Is keeping the team up an impossible task?
“An impossible task means you have to improve your performances on a regular basis.”
“You have to become a consistent performer week in, week out to achieve results.”
“To get there, you start from the basics and we’ve still got a long way to go on that.”
“The most important thing in that area is that we have to stop conceding the goals we did again on Saturday, and have all season.”
“Only one clean sheet tells you the reason why we’ve won only two games this season.
“A lot of my efforts are still to plant in the mind of the players how important it is.
“Nobody wins anything without stopping goals going in the back of the net.
“That key area gives us a platform to give us a chance to get out of this position.
“We then work on scoring a goal against the opposition we’re playing against.
“If we can get both of those sides better than we are at the moment, we’ll give ourselves a chance but there’s a long way to go.”
On the search for new signings
“It’s a huge amount of work and seems to be more active than anything else I’ve experienced.”
“There seem to be players available across every part of the world at the moment.”
“In our position, it’s difficult to trade. We can offer them a chance to come and play for us but we cannot buy them outright at this moment in time, so we are looking at loans. There’s a possibility that we have a loan with a view to buying the player if we stay in the Premier League.”
“That makes it difficult for me to get the quality of player I want but we continue to push.”
“We’ve started with one very experienced player in Robert Snodgrass He showed the sum of his experience at Wolves on Saturday.”
“A quality player, or two quality players, or possibly even three quality players, would be good. That is a big task but it is what we must try and achieve by the end of January.”
“It’s been the same everywhere I’ve been. It gives the players here a better chance of retaining their Premier League status.”
“It benefits everyone. Of course, it doesn’t benefit some because it challenges their position and they may well lose their position but that’s name of the game in football, whether you’re in this position or not. All players accept that. They have to fight harder when the new players come in.”
On a potential approach for Andy Carroll
“No, I don’t think so. I don’t think Andy would be available anyway because obviously he’s up there at Newcastle, where he loves. I can’t see Andy being available.”
How do you feel about returning to West Ham with the Baggies?
“All right, I’ve been back several times. It’s not a problem for me. West Ham are where they are because I and everybody else there managed to put them in the position for three seasons in the Premier League after getting promoted in year one. It was a job I really enjoyed.”
West Ham United Premier League form: DLDDWW
West Ham United form (all competitions): LDDWWW
West Bromwich Albion Premier League form: DLDLLW
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West Ham United possible starting lineup:
Fabianski; Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Soucek, Rice; Bowen, Benrahma, Fornals; Antonio
West Bromwich Albion possible starting lineup:
Button; Furlong, Ajayi, Bartley, Gibbs; Gallagher, Livermore; Snodgrass, Pereira, Grosicki; Robinson
West Ham United 2-1 West Bromwich Albion
The confidence in the visitors’ camp will be through the roof after such a dramatic victory against their Black Country rivals, but a trip to an in-form West Ham will undoubtedly prove a much sterner test for Allardyce and co.
The Baggies boss will rally his troops for this game, but the Hammers have only suffered one defeat in their last 10 on home soil and should do enough to register a fourth win on the bounce here.
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