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MATCH PREVIEW: West Ham v Albion

PUBLISHED

14:00 29th March 2013

Stats and info for Saturday's trip to Upton Park (ko 3pm)

All-time results record (League, FA Cup and League Cup)


PLDWDLFAGD
HOME
46
23
11 
12
84
53
 
31

AWAY47
14
9
24
67
95

-28

NEUTRAL0
0
0
0
0
0

0

TOTAL93 
37
20 
36
151
148

3


Interesting facts


Steve Clarke was assistant manager to Gianfranco Zola at United for two seasons between 2008 and 2010. 

Including caretakers, the Hammers have only ever had 18 managers – a role Albion’s joint-assistant head coach, Kevin Keen, twice undertook in a caretaker capacity in 2008 and 2011. Keen also made over 200 league appearances as a player for the Upton Park club between 1983 and 1993. 

Albion have not won at Upton Park since coming from three goals behind to triumph 4-3 on November 8, 2003. Brian Deane's own goal gave the Baggies hope before a Rob Hulse brace and a late Lee Hughes strike completed the comeback.

Albion's last four meetings with the Hammers have ended in draws (0-0, 3-3, 2-2, 0-0).

The Baggies are only one victory away from recording their highest number of wins in a Premier League season (14) - and their best return in the top flight since 1984/85 (16). 

Albion are eight points better off than they were at this stage last season and are now only three points behind the 47 points amassed during the entire campaign.  

Last time out

HOME: Premier League, Sunday, December 16, 2012: Albion 0 West Ham 0 
AWAY: Premier League, Wednesday, November 10, 2010: West Ham 2 (Parker 43, Piquionne pen 50) Albion 2 (Odemwingie pen 38, Ibanez 71)

Form guide (last six league matches)

WEST HAM: LWLLWL
ALBION: LWWLWD

Last league match line-ups

ALBION (v Stoke - away D 0-0): Foster; B Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Yacob, Mulumbu; Thomas (Odemwingie 67), Morrison (Fortune 84), Brunt (c); Lukaku (Long 75). Subs not used: Myhill (gk), Rosenberg, Popov, Tamas. 

WEST HAM (v Chelsea - away L 2-0): Jaaskelainen; Demel, Collins (Tomkins 61), Reid, O'Brien; Vaz Te (C Cole 80), Collison, O'Neil, Diame (Taylor 46), Jarvis; Carroll. Subs not used: McCartney, Pogatetz, Chamakh, Spiegel (GK).

West Ham team news

Joe Cole has returned to full training after suffering a hamstring injury at Stoke earlier this month. Substitute keeper Raphael Spiegel has been ruled out with a broken finger but Stephen Henderson has been recalled from Ipswich to take his place. Mark Noble continues to recuperate following ankle surgery. 

Ref watch

Andre Marriner will referee Sunday’s game. The West Midlands official has never overseen Albion in his ten years as a referee. Marriner has dished out one red and 90 yellow cards in 30 games this term.

Betting

Selected odds from Bet Butler: 

Albion to win: 23/10 
West Ham to win: 13/10
Draw: 12/5

Romelu Lukaku to score first: 6/1
Andy Carroll to score first: 13/2

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Tickets

This game is sold out. Fans are urged not to travel without a ticket. 

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