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Tuesday 19th January 2021 -  18:00
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    18th January

    Sam Allardyce’s Baggies will be looking to record back-to-back victories away from home in the Premier League when they visit West Ham United on Tuesday evening (ko 6pm).

    West Ham

    Their last time out

    The Hammers’ last outing saw them extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to four matches after securing a narrow 1-0 win over Burnley at the London Stadium.

    Michail Antonio - who made his first start since November against the Clarets after overcoming a hamstring injury - netted within the opening 10 minutes to maintain West Ham’s top-half standing going into their clash with the Baggies.

    In the dugout

    David Moyes is enjoying his second spell managing at the London Stadium since returning in December, 2019.

    The Scot was tasked with preserving the Irons’ top-flight status when he began his first stint in East London during November, 2017. Despite sitting in the relegation zone upon his arrival, the former Manchester United boss guided the Hammers to safety at the end of the 2017/18 campaign with two matches to go.

    Moyes’ task had been completed when he departed at the end of the season, but Manuel Pellegrini’s form in charge left them teetering above the drop zone in December, 2019. Once more, the Hammers turned to the man who’d navigated them away from trouble in 2018 as Moyes embraced the challenge heading into 2020.

    39 points ensured their position in the Premier League for the 2020/21 season, and West Ham will be hoping to land a top-half finish during their first full term under Moyes’s reign this year.

    One to watch

    Tomáš Souček has been influential in the Irons’ midfield this season.

    The Czech Republic international made a permanent move to the capital from Slavia Prague in July, 2020 having impressed during his loan stint at the club the previous season.

    And the midfielder has been a commanding presence in the centre for David Moyes’ side, winning the most aerial duels in the division this season (108), while also scoring five goals. 

    Our last meeting

    The Baggies secured a memorable 1-0 win during their last encounter with the Hammers thanks to a spectacular Conor Townsend strike at the beginning of 2020.

    His first goal for the club sent a 5,000-strong away following at the London Stadium into raptures during last season’s Emirates FA Cup clash in January, 2020.

    Stats

    West Ham

    • The Hammers have lost just twice at the London Stadium this season.
    • 15 of West Ham’s 25 PL goals have come during the second half of matches.
    • The Irons’ last top-flight home defeat against the Baggies came back in September, 2002 (0-1).  

    Albion

    • Albion have scored in each of their last eight visits to West Ham in all competitions.
    • The Baggies have scored seven goals over their last four PL encounters with the Hammers.
    • Albion have scored in each of their last four league away matches.

    Head to head

      West Ham wins Draw Albion wins
    League 34 19 35
    FA Cup 4 3 3
    League Cup 1 3 3
    Total 39 25 41

    Our one to watch

    Semi Ajayi has been regularly finding the back of the net on Albion’s travels recently.

    The towering centre-half scored the equaliser at Liverpool in December, before netting in the Emirates FA Cup trip to Blackpool and most recently in Saturday's derby win at Wolves.

    With the recent addition of set-piece specialist Robert Snodgrass, Ajayi will be hoping to capitalise on more set-piece scenarios in the games to come.

    Follow the game

    Gez Mulholland will be joined by once midfield-now-microphone maestro Andy Johnson to provide proudly partisan commentary and an expert insight for WBA Radio.

    To listen live to Baggies-biased commentary on WBA Radio for free for every home and away match during the 2020/21 season all you have to do is sign up for a free My Albion account.

    If you haven't already you can create your My Albion account here. Click Create Account or register quickly with your Facebook or Google account. 

    Live commentary starts from 15 minutes before kick-off and will be accessible through the live match centre or WBA TV.

    If you have any issues registering or accessing your My Albion account please contact myalbion@wbafc.co.uk.

    The game is also available to watch on BT Sport.

    19th January

    Despite a valiant display, goals from Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio either side of Matheus Pereira's equaliser condemned the Baggies to defeat at the London Stadium. 

    Bowen's close-range finish had given the hosts the lead just before the interval, but the Baggies showed their intent with a quick response in the second half thanks to Matheus Pereira's precise finish.

    Forward Antonio regained the lead for the hosts 15 minutes later and despite chances for Conor Gallagher and substitute Darnell Furlong, Albion returned to the Black County empty-handed. 

    Sam Johnstone completed his recovery from COVID-19 to return between the sticks for the Baggies while Gallagher, who was suspended for the 3-2 win at Molineux, replaced Robert Snodgrass, who was unavailable to face his former club.

    The Baggies started cautiously in the East End, looking to build solid foundations on which to launch attacking forays into the West Ham half.

    After a quiet opening,  Pereira was the first player from either side to fire a shot in anger on 13 minutes, blazing a 20-yard strike over Lukasz Fabianski’s goal from Kamil Grosicki’s lay-off. 

    Albion almost took a fortuitous lead six minutes later when Angelo Ogbonna forced a save from his own goalkeeper, misdirecting an attempted clearance from Jake Livermore’s high ball into the area.

    Vladimir Coufal registered the game’s best chance to date on 22 minutes – driving a left-foot half-volley, which took a decisive deflection off Romaine Sawyers, before whistling wide from 20 yards.

    The Baggies continued to build dangerous counter-attacks and Callum Robinson fired over following a neat one-two with Gallagher just after the half-hour mark.

    The hosts came closer still on 35 minutes when Manuel Lanzini saw a 25-yard free-kick ripple the top of the net.

    Albion almost reached half-time unscathed but the Hammers dealt Allardyce’s men a disappointing blow in first-half stoppage time. Coufal drilled the ball into the six-yard box from Benrahma’s left-wing cross and Bowen was on hand to chest the ball in from close range to give West Ham the lead at the break.

    The Baggies came out brightly after the interval with Gallagher forcing a save from Fabianski four minutes after the restart.

    Albion were level two minutes later and it was derby-day hero Pereira who equalised with his fifth goal of the season.

    The Hammers had not conceded in their previous four matches in all competitions, but they gave the Brazilian enough time and space to drive a low left-foot strike inside the right upright from 18 yards.

    However, the home side nearly struck straight back at the Baggies, with Dara O’Shea being forced into evasive action to head off the line.

    Declan Rice almost followed up that goal-line clearance from the Irish defender with a long-range drive. But his shot just missed the bottom corner as David Moyes' side continued their assault on the Albion goal. 

    Just a few minutes later, the Hammers regained the lead when the Baggies failed to deal with a cross into the box and Antonio adjusted his body to finish low past Johnstone. 

    After going ahead again, the Irons sat in as they invited Allardyce's men into their half. The energetic Gallagher produced a fast response when he came close to an equaliser - volleying Kieran Gibbs' cut-back on target, but straight at Fabianski. 

    But the best chance fell to defender Furlong in the dying embers. Following good interplay between Pereira and Gallagher, a dangerous cross was ran onto by Furlong whose left-foot strike looked to be going towards the bottom corner. 

    Unfortunately for the Baggies, the full-back's effort went wide and although the Video Assistant Referee checked a potential late penalty for a foul on Kyle Bartley, they fell to a third defeat in four Premier League matches. 

     

    Albion: Johnstone; O'Shea, Ajayi, Bartley, Gibbs; Livermore (Robson-Kanu 80), Sawyers; Grosicki (Furlong 70), Pereira, Gallagher; Robinson.

    Substitutes: Button, Peltier, Kipre, Ivanović, Field, Edwards, Krovinović.