WEST HAM UNITED v WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 30th March 2013,
The game will be the 94th competitive meeting of the two
clubs. Albion have won 37
games compared to West Ham’s 36.
The last four meetings between the two sides have
ended in draws.
A victory for Albion would see them set a new club
record for most wins (14) during a Premier League season. The club's previous
high of 13 was set in 2011/12.
Albion last played a game on March 30 in 2002 when goals from Jordao, Danny
Dichio and Trevor Benjamin gave them a 3-1 win over Barnsley at The Hawthorns.
Baggies' striker Romelu Lukaku needs two goals to equal Peter Odemwingie's club
record of 15 Premier League goals in a season.
Albion's last six games:
Stoke City (A) 0-0; Swansea City
(H) 2-1; Chelsea (A) 0-1; Sunderland (H) 2-1; Liverpool (A) 2-0; Tottenham
Hotspur (H) 0-1.
West Ham's last six games:
Chelsea (A) 0-2; Stoke City (A) 1-0; Tottenham Hotspur (H) 2-3; Aston Villa (A)
1-2; Swansea City (H) 1-0; Fulham (A) 1-3.
Midfielder James Morrison will miss the game due to
the hamstring injury he suffered against Stoke a fortnight ago.
Peter Odemwingie retains his place in the squad
despite another Twitter rant against the club.
George Thorne and Zoltan Gera remain sidelined with
Foster, Myhill, Daniels,
Reid, Jones, Olsson, McAuley, Tamas, Ridgewell, Popov, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Yacob,
Brunt, Morrison, Thomas, Lukaku, Long, Fortune, Odemwingie, Rosenberg, Brown.
West Ham United
United captain Kevin Nolan has recovered from a toe injury
and is available for selection while midfielder Joe Cole will also return
following his recent hamstring injury.
George McCartney may return after stepping up his comeback from a knee injury
with an appearance for United's Development Squad.
Mark Noble (shoulder) is unavailable as is back-up goalkeeper
Raphael Spiegel (finger).
Jaaskelainen, Henderson, Reid, Tomkins, Collins, Pogatetz,
McCartney, O'Brien, Demel, Jarvis, Diame, O'Neil, Nolan, J Cole, Collison,
Taylor, Diarra, C Cole, Vaz Te, Carroll, Maiga, Chamakh.
Baggies' boss Steve Clarke:
“We are professional - we want to finish as high as we can.
“The next target for us is to get more points than we did in
the last two seasons, which is 47. If we equal that on Saturday it will give us
seven games to better it.
“We want to finish as high up the league as we can and no-one
should question our commitment or desire to do well for the last eight games.
“It will be good to see a few old faces. Kevin Keen has got
more of an association with West Ham than me as he was a player and a coach
there. But I enjoyed my time at West Ham. It was good. The second season was
difficult. But I learned a lot and it stood me in good stead for the job I am
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce:
"I want us to get safe and then if the contract's already
there and ready to sign, I'll sign it, move on and get ready for next season.
I'm not so sure we have to wait until we're mathematically safe. I think if we
get to 38 points both parties would say that's going to be enough this season.
Hopefully we can get to 38 points as quickly as we can, then we'll have a few
games left to achieve more than 40 points if we can.
"It's been a little disappointing recently, not from a
contract point of view but from a results point of view. I'm disappointed we
haven't already clinched safety because I think we should have done based on our
performances. Our lack of concentration and, on some occasions, our lack of
goals has made us linger on this subject.
"We all want to get it out of the way, done and dusted and
focus on hopefully another season in the Premier League."
Albion Win: 9/4, West Ham United Win: 5/4, Draw:
Carlton Cole 6/1, Lukaku 6/1, Nolan 7/1, Chamakh 15/2, Long 15/2, Vaz Te 8/1,
Maiga 8/1, Odemwingie 9/1, Jarvis 10/1, Joe Cole 10/1, Fortune 10/1, Rosenberg
11/1, Thomas 14/1, Taylor 14/1, Collison 14/1, Dorrans 16/1, Brunt 16/1, Tomkins
20/1, Diame 20/1, Mulumbu 20/1.
Andre Marriner (West Midlands)
Birmingham-born Marriner will be taking charge of
an Albion game for the first time.
Marriner last took charge of a West Ham game in January,
overseeing their 5-1 defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. He also
officiated West Ham's 3-1 defeat against Spurs at
White Hart Lane in November.
Tickets for the game are completely sold out.
Mostly cloudy but dry, 6°C.
The first ever meeting between the teams came in a friendly
match in London in March 1896,
Albion beating the Hammers, who at that time were known as Thames
Ironworks, 4-2. The game was played under electric floodlighting.
Albion and the 'Hammers' first met in competitive action during the 1912/13 season.
The then non-league West Ham knocked Albion out of the FA Cup,
winning 3-0 in a 1st round 2nd replay at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea.
The 1923/24 season saw the first league meetings between the
two clubs. United won the first game at Upton Park 1-0 before playing out a 0-0
draw a week later at The Hawthorns.
Albion's biggest win over the
Hammers is 7-1, achieved at The Hawthorns in October 1925, Welsh international
Stan Davies scoring a hat-trick. The Baggies have also
recorded two 5-1 victories, in November 1931 at Upton Park and in May 1985 at
The Hammers' biggest win over Albion came in April
1965 when they ran out 6-1 winners at Upton Park with Brian Dear scoring five of
the goals. United also beat Albion 5-2 in East London in November 1988 in the
short-lived Simod Cup competition.
Albion have won just two of the
nine Premier League meetings of the two clubs, one of them the first meeting at
this level back in September 2002 at Upton Park, Jason Roberts scoring the only
goal of the game.
LAST LEAGUE MEETING AT UPTON PARK
West Ham United 2-2 Albion
Barclays Premier League
Wednesday 10 November 2010,
West Ham United:
Green, Ilunga, Gabbidon, Upson, Jacobsen, Boa Morte (Kovac
54), Parker, Dyer, Barrera (McCarthy 88),Cole (Obinna 76), Piquionne. Subs
not used: Stech, Reid, Tomkins, Spector.
Goalscorers: Parker 43, Piquionne 50 (pen)
Boa Morte 37 (foul), Kovac 73 (foul), Gabbidon 88
Carson, Cech, Pablo, Tamas,
Reid, Scharner, Brunt, Thomas (Barnes 75), Dorrans (Cox 67), Morrison,Odemwingie
(Fortune 88). Subs not used: Myhill, Tchoyi, Shorey, Zuiverloon.
Odemwingie 38 (pen), Ibanez 71
Referee: Mike Dean
West Ham were once again left frustrated and remain bottom of
the Barclays Premier League as they were held to a 2-2 draw by West Brom at
Upton Park. Peter Odemwingie had put the Baggies in front from the penalty spot
in the 38th minute. However, Scott Parker smashed in a 25-yard effort to level
before the break and Frederic Piquionne put the Hammers ahead from the spot at
the start of the second half - only for Pablo Ibanez to deny Avram Grant's men a
much-needed first league win since September 25.
Kieron Dyer, in for the injured Valon Behrami, looked lively
during the opening exchanges as the home side took the initiative. However, the
Baggies also passed the ball around crisply and Odemwingie sent in a low, angled
effort from the edge of the penalty area which Hammers goalkeeper Robert Green
gathered. West Brom broke quickly after defending a corner and had men over as Jerome Thomas
charged down the middle. However, the midfielder elected to shoot, but could
only fire a tame 20-yard effort straight at Green. West Ham continued to have
plenty of possession but failed to find a telling pass with which to open up the
visitors' defence. Carlton Cole headed a corner just over the crossbar but there
were still too many stray passes from the home side - with Hammers fans growing
increasingly frustrated. Green was alert to punch away Chris Brunt's curling
free-kick from the right, with the follow-up shot deflected behind. From the
resulting corner West Brom were awarded a penalty when referee Mike Dean spotted
Luis Boa Morte had bundled over Steven Reid in a crowded penalty area. Boa Morte
was shown the yellow card, before Odemwingie sent Green the wrong way to give
the Baggies the lead after 38 minutes. Upton Park was left in stunned silence,
but replays showed the referee was spot-on. The home side looked to get
themselves on level terms before the break, but again lacked a decisive pass in
the final third. However, out of the blue, midfielder Scott Parker smashed a
25-yard effort into the top-left corner as the Boleyn Ground erupted.
Danny Gabbidon's close-range header was held by Scott Carson,
who then saved from Boa Morte at his near post as the Hammers continued to
press. Boa Morte was somewhat fortunate to escape a second booking when he went
in late on Graham Dorrans, but received only a stern talking to. The referee
then pointed to the spot again in the 50th minute, this time in West Ham's
favour as Dyer dashed into the right side of the penalty area and was barged
over by Gabriel Tamas. With regular penalty taker Mark Noble out injured,
Piquionne stepped up to fire the Hammers into the lead The home fans were in
uproar as Parker was left in a heap in front of the advertising boards following
a sliding challenge by Thomas which went unpunished. It was almost 3-1 when
winger Pablo Barrera dashed down the left before feeding Dyer on the penalty
arc, and his clever first-time flick released Piquionne on the overlap. However,
the Frenchman's angled drive flew inches wide of the far post.
West Brom substitute Simon Cox then almost had an immediate impact
when he drilled a 25-yard effort just wide. Green then plucked Odemwingie's
snapshot out of the air as the visitors looked for an equaliser. It was 2-2
after 70 minutes when Brunt delivered a lovely deep cross from the left which
was met by Ibanez at the far post, who powered a header back into the opposite
corner. The hosts sent on Victor Obinna and Benni McCarthy as they pressed for a
winner, yet despite a couple of half-chances,
West Brom held out for a point.
West Ham, though, need a win against
Blackpool on Saturday if they are to climb clear of trouble.
Baggies' boss Steve
Clarke was assistant manager to Gianfranco Zola at United for two seasons
between 2008 and 2010.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was Albion's
player / reserve team coach for two years under Brian Talbot from 1989-1991.
Dudley-born Allardyce made just one substitute appearance for the club.
Current Albion assistant head coach Kevin Keen
made over 200
league appearances as a player for West Ham between 1983 and 1993.
Keen also coached at various levels at Upton Park and acted as caretaker-manager
on three occasions.
Baggies' left-back Liam Ridgewell started
his playing career as a youth player at Upton Park.
players to have turned out at various levels for both clubs are: Jeroen
Boere, David Burrows, Peter Butler, Franz Carr, David Cross, Alan Dickens,
Fred Fenton, Danny Gabbidon, Bobby Gould, Tommy Green, Sir Geoff Hurst, Harry Kinsell,
Peter McManus, Frank Nouble, Nigel Quashie, George Reid, Charles 'Chippy'
Simmons, David Speedie, Gary Strodder, Steve Walford and Chris Whyte.
Ex-Albion boss Archie Macaulay was a West Ham player;
Stuart Pearson, who had a spell as assistant boss at The Hawthorns also
played for the Hammers; Another former Albion assistant manager Frank
Burrows had a spell as reserve team boss at Upton Park; Ex-United
goalkeepers Tony Parks and Gerry Peyton both coached at The
Hawthorns; Former Albion
first team coach
Peter Grant was assistant manager to Alan Pardew at Upton Park from
ALL-TIME LEAGUE & CUP RECORD VS WEST HAM UNITED
TEN MATCHES AGAINST WEST HAM UNITED
Sun 16 Dec 2012
Sat 12 Feb 2011
Dorrans, Thomas, W Reid (og) - Ba 2, Cole
Wed 10 Nov 2010
Odemwingie (pen), Ibanez - Parker, Piquionne (pen)
Mon 16 Mar 2009
Sat 13 Sep 2008
Morrison, Bednar (pen), Brunt - Noble, Neill
Mon 01 May 2006
Sat 05 Nov 2005
Sat 06 Dec 2003
League Division 1
Mullins (og) - Deane
Sat 08 Nov 2003
League Division 1
Hulse 2, Deane (og), Hughes - Defoe, Deane 2
Sun 23 Feb 2003
Dichio - Sinclair 2