Follow all the action as West Ham welcome West Brom to the London Stadium in the Premier League’s early kick-off this evening.
David Moyes’ side have been in tremendous form this season, with victory against Brighton last time out lifting the Hammers to within touching distance of a European place. Michail Antonio scored the winner then, providing a timely boost after the sale of Sebastien Haller to Ajax earlier this month. The club are continuing to search for a replacement, but that appears to not be an urgent cause for concern with West Ham now unbeaten in all competitions since 21 December.
Meanwhile, West Brom come into the fixture with renewed momentum after a vital 3-2 victory over rivals Wolves last week. That result has breathed life into Sam Allardyce’s rescue mission, with the Baggies now just five points adrift of safety. Allardyce knows the Hammers well after his four-year stint in charge of the club between 2011 and 2015 and believes it’s vital his side do not concede first to have a chance of taking all three points. Follow all the action live below:
West Brom boss Sam Allardyce told BT Sport why Robert Snodgrass was excluded from the squad to face his former club tonight. He said:
That was an agreement between the clubs that this game he would not be allowed to play. We could only get the deal done with that agreement.
"Two in a row is rare when you are struggling at the bottom of the league but two in a row makes a massive difference when you are in the position you are in.
"A good result needs to follow with another one to build confidence and hopefully that happens tonight."
The Baggies have gone 10 matches without a top-flight away clean sheet, dating back to April 2018.
They are winless in their last 29 Premier League games played on a Tuesday, drawing 13 and losing 16.
West Ham have accrued 10 more points than at this stage of last season and made their best start since 2014/15.
The Hammers could keep four consecutive league clean sheets for the first time since February 2014, when they were managed by Sam Allardyce.
West Brom have taken just four points from a possible 15 under Sam Allardyce but they are unbeaten in three away league matches, one shy of their Premier League club record.
The Baggies scored three goals at Wolves on Saturday, as many as in their previous five away league games combined.
West Ham can win their opening four competitive matches of a calendar year for the first time since 1958. They have won 1-0 in all three of their fixtures in 2021.
The Hammers have taken 18 points from their past 10 league games, the fourth-best record in the division.
West Brom (19th) need to get something out of the game. They are five points behind Burnley (17th) and safety but only one point behind Fulham (18th). A second consecutive win would be massive for the Baggies but if they can avoid defeat against a strong in-form West Ham it will be great results for them.
More from Craig Dawson who says the atmosphere around West Ham is ‘great’ after a recent run of form sees them unbeaten in five Premier League games with four clean sheets. Dawson said:
There’s a great atmosphere around the place at the minute,
"Everybody’s working hard and competing for places. We’re on a really good run of form, but every game is tricky game, and we’ll have to be at our best on Tuesday.
"We’ve got a great squad here. It’s about how you perform week-in, week-out and if you don’t work together as a team, as a group it doesn’t put you in good stead.
"I think we’ve got the balance right here; we work hard as team and the whole squad is ready to help out.”
West Ham are unbeaten in their last nine home games against the Baggies, winning three and drawing six.
West Brom's most recent victory at West Ham was a 1-0 win in September 2002 in the first Premier League match between the sides.
There have been 25 goals scored in the last seven Premier League meetings hosted by West Ham.
Team news - Changes
David Moyes makes just the one change to his West Ham side that defeated Burnley 1-0 last time out. Pablo Fornals drops to the bench with Manuel Lanzini making the starting XI.
Two changes for Sam Allardyce’s men. Sam Johnstone returns to replace David Button in goal with Conor Gallagher back from suspension to take a spot in midfield. Robert Snodgrass is the man to miss out.