West Ham host West Brom at Upton Park.
With tricky fixtures to come in April against Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United, as well as an awkward trip to Southampton, Sam Allardyce will be looking for maximum points at Upton Park to halt any lingering relegation fears. He welcomes back Kevin Nolan from a broken toe and needs his captain to hit form immediately if they are to breach a stubborn West Brom defence. Steve Clarke’s side have the incentive that a win will lift them above his former team Liverpool, who don’t play until Sunday. (Guardian)
Venue Upton Park, Saturday 3pm
Last season West Ham 2 West Brom 2
Referee A Marriner
This season’s matches 19 Y61, R0, 3.21 cards per game
Subs from Henderson, Tomkins, Pogatetz, McCartney, Taylor, Diarra, C Cole, Vaz Tê, Maïga, Chamakh
Doubtful Collison (knee)
Injured Mark Noble (shoulder, unknown)
Form guide LWLLWL
Disciplinary record Y57 R1
Leading scorer Nolan 6
Subs from Myhill, Daniels, Jones, Tamas, Popov, Long, Fortuné, Odemwingie, Rosenberg, Sawyers, Brown
Doubtful Morrison (hamstring)
Injured Thorne (knee, season), Gera (knee, season)
Form guide DWLWWL
Disciplinary record Y52 R2
Leading scorer Lukaku 13
The last four matches between the sides have been draws.
West Brom’s only win in their four Premier League visits to Upton Park was by 1-0 in September 2002. However, they also enjoyed a 4-3 win there in the Championship in November 2003.
West Ham have lost three of their last four league matches.
They have taken only seven points from the last 27 available.
Among Premier League clubs, only Reading have a worse second-half record than West Ham.
Kevin Nolan is set to feature in his 450th league game, while James Tomkins could play for West Ham for the 150th time.
Hammers’ manager Sam Allardyce was West Brom assistant manager under Brian Talbot from 1989 to 1991. He made one appearance for the club.
West Brom have conceded just one goal in their last three away Premier League matches.
They have 44 points from 30 matches this season, eight more points than they have had at this stage in any other Premier League season.
The Baggies have been in the top half of the table all season.
West Brom are the only Premier League team yet to have an English goalscorer this season. The last Englishman to score for the club in the league was Liam Ridgewell, in the 3-0 home win over Blackburn in April 2012.
Baggies’ manager Steve Clarke spent two seasons as West Ham assistant manager under Gianfranco Zola from 2008 to 2010.