Football Previews

West Ham vs West Brom preview, predictions & team news

By Steve Jennings

Published: 10:49, 24 January 2020

Slaven Bilic goes back to his former club on Saturday as West Bromwich Albion travel to West Ham United in the FA Cup fourth round.

Bilic’s Baggies are currently top of the Championship but they are not exactly sitting pretty having dropped valuable points in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, David Moyes has endured a false start at West Ham and can’t seem to get his troops going in the Premier League. But will the FA Cup prove to be a welcome respite for the hosts?

Read on for our preview, predictions, team news, key men, streaming info and more.

When is West Ham vs West Brom and where can I watch live?

Competition: FA Cup fourth round

Venue: London Stadium

Date: Saturday, 25 January 2020

Kick-off: 3:00 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): N/A

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Last five meetings: West Ham vs West Brom

2 January 2018: West Ham 2-1 West Brom (Premier League)

16 September 2017: West Brom 0-0 West Ham (Premier League)

11 February 2017: West Ham 2-2 West Brom (Premier League)

17 September 2016: West Brom 4-2 West Ham (Premier League)

30 April 2016: West Brom 0-3 West Ham (Premier League)

Aggregate Score: West Ham (WDDLW) 9-7 West Brom (LDDWL)

Ones to watch

West Ham: Robert Snodgrass

West Ham have been struggling for goals all season, but Robert Snodgrass has often looked like the player most capable of unlocking the opposition. The Scotland international has scored three goals and registered three assists in the Premier League this term.

Moyes will be hoping West Ham’s most creative player can translate that form to the FA Cup this weekend.

Key stat: Snodgrass has created 28 chances in the Premier League this season, more than any other West Ham player.

West Brom: Charlie Austin

Charlie Austin with his Man of the Match award.

Despite being West Brom’s top scorer this season, Charlie Austin hasn’t been a regular starter. It took until the 75th minute for Bilic to bring him on when the Baggies were trailing 1-0 to Stoke last time out.

Perhaps the fact they drew a blank on Monday means Austin will be given an opportunity from the beginning against West Ham.

Key stat: No West Brom player has scored more goals in all competitions this season than Austin (8).

Team news

West Ham

West Ham will be without five sidelined players, with Ryan Fredericks (hamstring), Jack Wilshere (groin), Andriy Yarmolenko (thigh), Lukasz Fabianski (hip) and Felipe Anderson (back) all out injured.

Michael Antonio could start after recovering from a hamstring injury and coming off the bench against Leicester.

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West Brom

Kieran Gibbs is out with a hamstring injury but Nathan Ferguson has returned to training and could play a part despite missing Monday’s defeat to Stoke.

Matheus Pereira will miss out through suspension after accepting a violent conduct charge for an elbow on Stoke’s Joe Allen.

Squawka prediction

Both sides arguably have bigger fish to fry, with avoiding relegation and securing promotion the respective primary aims of West Ham and West Brom this season. That means there could be plenty of changes in personnel, which could lead to home advantage having a big effect. Expect West Ham to edge this one.

Scoreline prediction: West Ham 2-1 West Brom