Kick-off: 2015, 19/05/2021
Stadium: The Hawthorns
TV: Sky Sports
West Brom may be down but they are not out of energy or enthusiasm, judged on Sunday’s Premier League display versus Liverpool.
If Albion are able to put in a similar shift on Wednesday night, they are capable of competing with a faltering West Ham outfit.
We’re going with 5/4 for the Baggies to avoid defeat as our first West Brom vs West Ham prediction.
A Look At West Bromwich Albion’s Betting Odds
Sam Allardyce refused to let a first relegation of his managerial career cast a shadow over West Brom’s clash with the Reds.
Mohamed Salah cancelled out Hal Robson-Kanu’s 15th-minute opener but Albion showed discipline in defence to stay in the game, albeit riding their luck on occasions.
It was cruel on the Baggies when goalkeeper Alisson Becker headed in a stoppage-time decider for Liverpool and Allardyce admitted his players were “very dejected”.
However, the veteran boss is hoping the return of around 6,000 fans to The Hawthorns will help to lift spirits.
“Hopefully, it’ll be massive,” said Allardyce. “When they run out, they get lifted by the fans and get the hairs sticking up on the back of their necks because it’s been so long since they experienced some fan atmosphere.
“The thrill for the players hearing some fans getting behind the team will hopefully be the difference for them.
“I think they’ll be pleased to be back and have the chance to support the team.
“What might have been had they been here? Many of the draws we had, we might have got over the line with their support and lift.”
Matheus Pereira netted one of his 10 league goals away to the Hammers in January and 11/2 for him to break the deadlock appeals from the West Brom vs West Ham odds.
Last West Brom line-up: Johnstone, Furlong, Bartley, Ajayi, Townsend, Phillips, Diangana, Gallagher, Yokuslu, Robson-Kanu, Pereira.
A Look At West Ham United’s Betting Odds
West Ham are still in the hunt for a Europa League spot but picking up just four points from five games has seen them drop from fourth to seventh.
Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Brighton took a long time to get going, with Danny Welbeck breaking the deadlock on 84 minutes and Said Benrahma levelling soon after.
One plus point at Amex Stadium was getting Declan Rice back from a six-week lay-off and he insisted there is still plenty to play for.
Rice told Sky Sports: “As of late, we’ve drawn too many, we’ve lost a few games as well and if you want to be competing for the Champions League, you need to win the games that we’ve lost.
“At one stage it looked possible but that’s football, we’re still going to be upbeat.
“We’re on 59 (points) now, we can finish on 65 if we win our last two. That would be West Ham’s best ever season and hopefully some sort of Europe.
“Every West Ham fan watching, everyone around the world, everyone I speak to, is buzzing with how this year’s gone and so am I. There are plenty of exciting times to look forward to.”
One part of the game where the Hammers will be hoping to shine is in the run-up to half-time as West Brom have been very vulnerable at that point.
Albion have conceded a division-high 17 times between 30:01 minutes and the break, with Sheffield United next on 14 and then Southampton on 12.
Let’s have a saver on 5/2 for United to outscore their hosts in that timeframe to complete our West Brom vs West Ham betting tips.
Last West Ham line-up: Fabianski, Cresswell, Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Rice, Lingard, Fornals, Bowen, Soucek, Antonio.
WEST BROM 1-2 Liverpool – Hal Robson-Kanu
Brighton 1-1 WEST HAM – Said Benrahma
Head-to-head: West Ham 2-1 West Brom, West Ham 0-1 West Brom, West Ham 2-1 West Brom, West Brom 0-0 West Ham
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