West Brom v West Ham - Saturday 15:00
West Brom’s dismal form continued last week as their opening day victory at Palace remains their only win in their last 13 Premier League fixtures. A lack of transfer activity means that Tony Pulis will have to continue to set his team up so as hard to beat, but papering over the cracks will only go so far and the fans are gradually increasing the volume of their frustrations.
Nacer Chadli made an encouraging debut against Bournemouth, but perhaps more importantly the Baggies retained Jonny Evans in the window. He impressed once more at the back, repelling waves of attacks and Albion fans can only imagine where their side would be without him.
West Ham looked set for an easy victory at home to Watford after Michail Antonio scored two headed goals in the opening half an hour, but proceeded to capitulate and have now lost three of their opening four matches as well as crashing out of Europe.
Slaven Bilic will be expecting a reaction after the embarrassment and in particular will look to shore up his defence, with keeper Adrian having conceded nine goals already this season. Fortunately for West Ham, WBA have only managed to score two goals in their last six home matches and so the Hawthorns ought to be the ideal venue for the Hammers to get their season up and running properly.
West Ham continue to rely too much on Dimitri Payet, who set up both goals against Watford. Most of their play goes through the French international and Slaven Bilic will have to find other ways to break opponents down in the future. However, in this game his side should have enough talent to overcome a very limited West Brom team and we’re backing West Ham to win to nil at 4.8.