Last season ended with these two teams next to each other in the table, but whilst West Brom sit where they finished last time out in 13th, West Ham’s improvement under Slaven Bilic sees them in the top six as the season enters the home straight.
A creditable and unexpected point at Tottenham on Monday night saw West Brom halt their run of three consecutive defeats, but the Baggies are still winless in six heading into this weekend.
A lack of goals has held Albion back this season; whilst the Saido Berahino saga undoubtedly hasn’t helped, Baggies fans could be forgiven for expecting more than 32 goals from their 35 matches.
However, manager Tony Pulis has done the job expected of him and kept West Brom in the top-flight for another season – whether that stems fan disillusionment at the lack of excitement on offer remains to be seen.
West Ham still harbour realistic European ambitions going into the closing stages of the season, as they sit just three points behind Manchester United in fifth spot.
Bilic’s side are unbeaten in nine games as they push to bring Europa League football to their new Olympic Stadium home next term, and saw off Watford 3-1 last time out.
The Hammers have been particularly strong at home in their last season at Upton Park; they have won eight times in front of their own fans and been defeated just twice. The last ever match at Upton Park against Manchester United next Tuesday is shaping up to be a cracker.
Striker Berahino and goalkeeper Ben Foster are doubtful for Albion, who are definitely without midfielders James Morrison and Chris Brunt.
Meanwhile the visitors have no injury concerns to speak of, with right-back Sam Byram back in contention after the young defender came through 90 minutes for the club’s under-21 side in midweek.
League Positions: West Brom – 13th (41 pts); West Ham – 6th (56 pts)
Previous Meeting: West Ham 1-1 West Brom – November 29, 2015
Form: West Brom – LDLLLD; West Ham – WDDDDW
Key Players: West Brom – Stephane Sessegnon; West Ham – Dimitri Payet
Shoot Says: West Brom 0-2 West Ham