West Ham are looking to build on their best ever start to a Premier League season by claiming back-to-back wins when they visit West Brom on Tuesday evening.
Following their impressive win over an in-form Newcastle on Saturday, although an underwhelming performance, the side will be confident of claiming the points against a Baggies outfit that has gone four games without a victory at home.
West Ham have been one of the surprise packages of the season so far, with Sam Allardyce's new signings helping them climb to an impressive fifth in the table. The Hammers will be hoping to keep a run going that has seen them lose just one of their last six league games.
The Irons are expected to still be without star striker Diafra Sakho and midfield maestro Alex Song. However Winston Reid is back following his one-match ban and Enner Valencia is also available which will be a huge boost for the side, while Mark Noble will have a late fitness test on his calf.
The home side are still without the influential Claudio Yacob, who is suspended, but James Morrison should return. Sebastien Pocognoli is a doubt with a dead leg.
Valencia return vital
The Hammers opted for a 4-5-1 for the game against Newcastle and although they won the match it was by no means their best performance. The return of Valencia should mean Allardyce reverts back to a 4-4-2 diamond, which should ensure the side provide a more attacking and creative display.
Valencia will prove to be a good partner to Andy Carroll, too, as he will be willing to run the channels and stretch the West Brom defence while the big no.9 can occupy them with his physical presence and aerial threat.
The pace the Ecuador international brings to the team is a major boost and he could be the difference during a tricky visit to the Hawthorns.
One man West Ham defenders will have to keep a close eye on is Saido Berahino. The 21-year-old England international has scored seven goals in 13 matches this season and nine of his last 10 competitive strikes have come on home soil.
The Hammers defenders were troubled by the young forward last campaign and he scored in both of the fixtures against them, so they will be well aware of the threat that he poses.
Though it is now four games since a West Brom player scored in the Premier League – their only goal in that time was Esteban Cambiasso's own goal – West Ham will still need to be diligent at the back having failed to keep a clean sheet away from Upton Park in 12 matches.
West Ham: Predicted XI
Adrian, Jenkinson, Reid, Collins, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Amalfitano, Downing; Valencia, Carroll.
West Brom 0-1 West Ham
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