West Brom v West Ham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 12, 2017
The Hawthorns - Premier League
After finally winning their first points of the season on Monday night, West Ham make the trip to the Hawthorns to face West Brom on Saturday. The Baggies are looking to bounce back after a comprehensive defeat against newly-promoted Brighton at the weekend.
Honours have been relatively even over recent years between the two teams. In the last 14 games, eight have ended in a draw, with each side winning three apiece. West Brom emerged as 4-2 winners in this game last season, courtesy of a Nacer Chadli brace and strikes from Salomon Rondon and James McClean.
After missing the defeat against Brighton at the weekend, Chadli could return from a thigh strain to boost Tony Pulis’ attacking options. At the other end of the pitch, veteran centre back Gareth McAuley - who scored a last minute equaliser against West Ham in February - made his comeback from injury for West Brom’s under-23s on Monday. It remains to be seen when he’ll be available for first team duty.
Bilic was boosted by the return of injured trio Andy Carroll, Andre Ayew and Winston Reid against Huddersfield, and suddenly his squad looks much stronger. Carroll impressed alongside Javier Hernandez and should start against West Brom, while Ayew’s also pushing for a place in the starting XI. Edimilson Fernandes and Manuel Lanzini are both doubts though.
West Brom v West Ham Preview and Predictions
Despite some of their comments in the media, West Ham owners David Gold and David Sullivan are notoriously loyal to their managers. There’s no doubt Slaven Bilic was under increasing pressure before Monday’s win, and the victory buys him some time at least. The Hawthorns is never an easy place to visit though, West Brom’s alarming loss of form at the end of last season aside.
After winning their first two games of the season, the Baggies slipped up at home with a draw against Stoke, before the defeat on the south coast. With some tough games coming up, it’s important for Pulis to get straight back to winning ways. If you fancy them to do that against West Ham, the odds are 7/5.
There were some nervy moments for Bilic as well as a decent slice of luck against Huddersfield, but the Hammers boss will be feeling a whole lot better with some points in the bag and players coming back. In Carroll, Hernandez, Ayew and Michail Antonio, West Ham have plenty of threat going forward, although there’s still work to be done on their setup with three at the back. They start at 5/2 in the betting, while the draw’s available at 23/10.
West Ham to win and both teams to score at 13/2
There’s often goals between these two - three or more have been scored in nine of the last 13 meetings. If you think West Ham will win 2-1, it’s 19/2.
Second half to be highest scoring at 13/10
While the odds aren’t huge, this bet would’ve paid off in 75% of both teams’ games so far this season.