West Ham v West Brom Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 31, 2017
London Stadium - Premier League
West Ham kick off 2018 by hosting West Brom in a crunch clash between two sides still firmly in Premier League relegation trouble.
This game finished as a 0-0 draw when these two sides faced each other earlier this season, and last season saw a 2-2 draw at Upton Park and a 4-2 win for West Brom at The Hawthorns.
West Ham's last win over The Baggies came in a 3-0 away win in 2016, with their last home win back in 2013.
West Ham will be hoping that captain Mark Noble will be fit in time for this game, with the veteran midfielder recovering from a hamstring injury. Defender Michail Antonio, Edmilson Fernandes, Sam Byram and Jose Fonte are all still out of action for The Hammers.
Alan Pardew will be without two key players for the trip to East London, as striker Salomon Rondon and midfielder Nacer Chadli are both still unavailable through injury. Hal Robson-Kanu, James McClean and Matty Phillips are all in line to replace their injured pair.
West Ham v West Brom Preview and Predicitons
Things have improved slightly at West Ham following the arrival of Moyes as their new boss, and they face West Brom having lost just one of their last four Premier League games, picking up valuable points at home to Arsenal, away at Stoke and away at Bournemouth.
The Baggies have not been as assured under their new manager, with Pardew yet to win a game as their new boss, with draws on the road against Tottenham and Liverpool and away defeats at Stoke and Swansea.
Pressure is heavy on the shoulders of both managers for this clash, and neither can really afford a loss, so a draw looks to be a strong choice in this game - priced at 12/5.
West Brom have scored just twice away from home in their last four Premier League games, and West Ham have scored just three goals in their last three games, meaning this is likely to be a low scorer.
With that in mind, an under 2.5 goals bet is priced at 4/7.
A 0-0 draw at 13/2
This tie has all the makings of a dull battling encounter, and with neither side full of confidence or form at the moment it is hard to see it being a thriller to kick start either's 2018 campaign.
West Ham to have three or more players booked 3/1
The Hammers have collected their fair share of cautions in recent games, with 14 yellow cards handed out to West Ham players in their last five Premier League games. This likely to be a tough and tetchy game against two struggling sides, and the referee could be in for a busy evening.