WEST HAM UNITED v WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 28th December 2013,
The game will be the 95th competitive meeting of the two
clubs. Both sides have
recorded 37 victories in the fixture.
Four of the last five meetings between the two sides have
ended in draws.
Albion have gone eight games without a win for the
first time since the 2008/09 relegation season.
Albion last played a game on December 28 in 2010 when they lost 3-1 at home to
Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League, Jerome Thomas scoring the hosts'
solitary goal. The Baggies' last win on this date came in 2009 when they beat
Scunthorpe United 3-1 in a League Championship game at Glanford Park.
West Ham's last game on this date also came in 2010 when they played out a 1-1
draw with Everton at Upton Park.
Albion and West Ham have had a
different manager in charge for each of their five previous Premier League
meetings at Upton Park. Sam Allardyce will be the first manager to break that
Albion's last six games:
Tottenham Hotspur (A) 1-1; Hull City (H) 1-1; Cardiff City (A) 0-1; Norwich City
(H) 0-2; Manchester City (H) 2-3; Newcastle United (A) 1-2
West Ham's last six games:
Arsenal (H) 1-3; Manchester United (A) 1-3; Tottenham Hotspur (A, LC) 2-1;
Sunderland (H) 0-0; Liverpool (A) 1-4; Crystal Palace (A) 0-1
Caretaker manager Keith Downing is likely to make changes to
his starting eleven after resting a number of players against Spurs on Boxing
Shane Long faces a late fitness test on his calf injury
whilst Victor Anichebe is once again a doubt due to his groin injury.
Daniels, Jones, Ridgewell, Olsson, McAuley, Lugano, Brunt, Sessegnon, Amalfitano,
Mulumbu, Berahino, Yacob, Anichebe, Vydra, Long, Anelka, Morrison, Popov,
Dawson, Reid, Sinclair, Gera, Rosenberg.
West Ham United
Defender James Collins is a major doubt for the Hammers after
suffering a calf injury during the 3-1 defeat against Arsenal.
Ravel Morrison (groin) is likely to join Andy Carroll (foot),
Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder), Stewart Downing (ankle) and Winston Reid (ankle) on
Squad from: TBC
Baggies' stand-in boss Keith
"West Ham is always going to be a difficult game whatever we
did at Spurs. We know what West Ham are like, their strengths, and I’m sure Big
Sam will have them charged up. It’s a big game.
“We’ve never shied away from the position we’re in. We’re
trying to get as many points as we can and pave the way for the new man. The
good thing about it is the new man has probably seen 18 to 20 players now in the
last two or three games so that will be good for him to get an insight into what
he’s taking over.
“Two games is hard - but in less than two days is really
difficult - and after playing on a heavy pitch yesterday. It’s going to be a
test. But we’ve utilised the squad and we’ll get a fresh XI ready to go for the
game at West Ham.”
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce:
"Every game is important to us, and it will be the same for
West Brom. We have played
18 games and taken 14 points, so we have to get out of the position we are in
and not let that gap between games played and points get any bigger.
"To try and get in the changing room at full-time on Saturday
with 17 points after 19 games still won't be good enough but it will be a start
because we need to get more points than games as quickly as we can."
Albion Win: 11/5, West Ham United Win: 7/5, Draw:
Anelka 7/1, Long 7/1, Anichebe 8/1, Sessegnon 9/1,
Berahino 10/1, Vydra 11/1, Sinclair 12/1, Morrison 14/1, Gera 14/1, Brunt 14/1,
Amalfitano 16/1, Mulumbu 16/1, McAuley 20/1, Yacob 25/1, Dawson 25/1, Jones
25/1, Lugano 33/1, Olsson 33/1.
West Ham United:
Carroll 11/2, Cole 11/2, Petric 6/1, Maiga 6/1,
Morrison 7/1, Cole 8/1, Vaz Te 8/1, Jarvis 9/1, Diame 9/1, Collison 14/1, Noble
14/1, Taylor 20/1, Tomkins 25/1, Diarra 33/1, Collins 33/1, Rat 33/1.
Mike Dean (Wirral)
Dean last took charge of an Albion game in
September for the Baggies' 2-0 defeat at home to Swansea City.
The Wirral official took charge of four Albion games last season - the
1-1 draw at Tottenham in August, the 4-2 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of
Light in November, the 2-1 New Year's Day defeat at home to Fulham and the 0-0
draw at Stoke in March.
The last West Ham game Dean refereed was the 4-2
win against Reading at Upton Park in May.
Dean has issued 51 yellow and three red cards in
the 16 games he has officiated so far this season.
Tickets for the game are no longer available to away
Sunny spells, 8°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, Leroy Rosenior hitting four of the hosts'
goals in that game.
Albion have won just two of the
ten Premier League meetings between the two clubs, one of them the first meeting at
this level back in September 2002 at Upton Park when Jason Roberts scored the only
goal of the game.
The Baggies' last win at Upton Park came in November 2003, Gary Megson's men
winning a thrilling game 4-3 after being 3-0 down.
(Click on game to view)
Saturday 13 September 2008 - Albion 3-2 West Ham United - Premier League - The Hawthorns
Saturday 8 November 2003 - West Ham United 3-4 Albion - League Division One - Upton Park
Saturday 2 January 1993 - Albion 0-2 West Ham United - FA Cup 3rd Round - The Hawthorns
Saturday 1 December 1990 - West Ham United 3-1 Albion - Second Division - Upton Park
Saturday 3 May 1986 - Albion 2-3 West Ham United - First Division - The Hawthorns
Tuesday 8 January 1980 - West Ham United 2-1 Albion - FA Cup 3rd Round Replay - Upton Park
Saturday 12 November 1977 - West Ham United 3-3 Albion - First Division - Upton Park
Wednesday 23 March 1966 - Albion 4-1 West Ham United - League Cup Final 2nd Leg - The Hawthorns
LAST LEAGUE MEETING AT UPTON PARK
West Ham United
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 30 March 2013,
West Ham United:
(McCartney 79), Reid, Collins, O’Brien; O’Neil, Nolan (c) (Taylor 69), Diame (Collison
82), Jarvis; Carroll, Vaz Te. Subs not used: Henderson (gk), Tomkins, C
Goalscorers: Carroll 16 & 80, O'Neil 28
Reid 78 (handball)
Foster; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Dorrans (Fortune
88), Yacob (Odemwingie 71), Mulumbu, Brunt (c); Lukaku, Long (Rosenberg
71). Subs not used: Myhill (gk), Thomas, Popov, Tamas.
Dorrans 88 (penalty)
Mulumbu 90+5 (unsporting behaviour)
Booked: Long 67 (foul)
Referee: Andre Marriner
Andy Carroll gave Roy Hodgson a timely reminder of his
talents as he inspired West Ham to an impressive win which eased any lingering
hopes of relegation at Upton Park. Carroll has endured a difficult time in east
London since he arrived on loan
from Liverpool last summer, but on Saturday he battered West Brom's ailing
defence in to submission. Carroll was not in Hodgson's party for England's trip
to Montenegro on Tuesday where the Three Lions struggled to hold on to the ball
and failed to take their chances. And on this evidence, Hodgson will surely
considering recalling Carroll for this summer's friendlies against the
of Ireland and Brazil. The towering striker brushed off his marker and thumped a
header past Ben Foster to put the Hammers ahead and then powered home a
well-taken volley after Gary O'Neil had made it 2-0. Carroll had been the butt
of criticism from Sam Allardyce in midweek for his lack of goals, but the way he
toyed with the Baggies back line, and the way he took his fourth and fifth goals
for the club, may force his manager to push through plans to keep the striker
beyond the end of the season.
West Ham were good value for their victory, with Kevin Nolan,
Mohamed Diame and O'Neil all impressing to move the Hammers on to 36 points -
two short of the figure Allardyce thinks his team will need to avoid the drop.
Allardyce, who this week said he will sign a new contract when he reaches that
38-point mark, watched his team totally dominate the Baggies on Saturday, with
the visitors' only consolation coming through Graham Dorrans' penalty at the
death. Youssof Mulumbu saw red in the dying seconds for needlessly booting the
ball at O'Neil.
A Hammers victory did not look on the cards in the early
stages as West Brom came
flying out of the blocks on biting cold afternoon in east London. Dorrans raced
up field after an errant pass from Ricardo Vaz Te and aimed a dipping shot at
goal, which Jussi Jaaseklainen almost spilled in to his own net. West Brom had
the ball in the net from the resulting corner but Gareth McAuley's header was
ruled out for bundling over Jaaseklainen. The Finn then pulled off a fantastic
one-handed save to deny Romelu Lukaku's deflected free-kick as West Ham's
defence continued to creek. Carroll then began to exert his influence on the
game and West Ham all of a sudden looked far more threatening. He brushed his
marker off the ball to set up Vaz Te, but the Portuguese wastefully blasted
over. The England striker then broke the deadlock after 16 minutes, rising above
the Jonas Olsson to thump O'Neill's corner past a stunned Foster. The 6ft 3in
targetman was in the thick of the action moments later, nodding James Collins'
long punt in to path of Matt Jarvis, but he shot over from eight yards. West Ham
continued to pile on the pressure and their dominance paid off with O'Neil's
goal just before the half hour. Vaz Te charged at the West Brom defence before
laying the ball off to O'Neil, who clipped the ball over a diving Olsson and
Foster to make it 2-0. The Hammers thought they should have had a penalty just
before the break when Jarvis went down in the box under a challenge from Billy
Jones, but Andre Marriner waved play on.
West Brom played much better
after the restart, with Lukaku looking the most likely to score. The bustling
Belgian shrugged O'Neil off the ball as he cantered towards goal, but his fierce
drive sailed a foot over the angle. West Ham steadied themselves and they were
soon back on the attack through Carroll. The loanee took the ball down on his
thigh after a good passing move involving O'Neil and Kevin Nolan, but Baggies
defender Liam Ridgewell hooked the ball clear before Carroll could pull the
trigger. Mulumbu thought he should have had a penalty as he tangled with
Collins, but referee Andre Marriner was not interested. Substitute Peter
Odemwingie provided West Brom with more energy when he came on, but Carroll put the game beyond doubt
with a marvellous volley which he dispatched past Foster from Collins' long
ball. West Brom pulled
one back three minutes from the end when Dorrans beat Jaaseklainen after Matt
Taylor tangled with Lukaku in the box. Mulumbu ensured West Brom's afternoon
ended on a low, though, when he picked the ball up after becoming annoyed at not
being awarded a foul and stupidly blasted the ball at O'Neill's back. Marriner
had no choice but to show him red. A late injury to George McCartney, who had
just returned from a four-month lay-off, failed to dampen the spirits of the
Hammers fans, who greeted the final whistle with a loud cheer.
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.
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
2004-2006; Former Baggies'
Clarke was assistant manager to Gianfranco Zola at United for two seasons
between 2008 and 2010; Assistant head coach
at The Hawthorns to Clarke, 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.
ALL-TIME LEAGUE & CUP RECORD VS WEST HAM UNITED
TEN MATCHES AGAINST WEST HAM UNITED
Sat 30 Mar 2013
Dorrans (pen) - Carroll 2, O'Neil
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