West Ham – West Brom – Premier League Prediction and Preview: 2nd December 2018
West Ham players rank 18th in the Premier League, with 18 points accumulated in 21 championship games. The hosts showed signs of rebounding in the middle of the previous month, after a 3-0 win over Stoke. They were then eliminated from the English League Cup by Arsenal, lost in the Newcastle Championship (score 2-3) and drew the last round on the Bournemouth field, score 3-3. Austrian Arnautovic is the team’s top scorer in the championship, and has managed to score 5 times before. The hosts will not be able to rely on Sam Byram, Jose Fonte, Edimilson Fernanes, Michail Antonio and Mark Noble who are injured.
The probable team: Adrian – Cresswell, Ogbonna, Collins – Masuaku, Kouyate, Obiang, Zabaleta – Arnautovic, Lanzini – Chicharito
On the other hand, West Brom is ranked 19th in the league’s first league in England, with the team managing to score 16 points after 21 stages. The guests are in a very poor form, being unsuccessful in the last 5 championship games. After a white draw with Everton, West Brom finished the previous round, 1-1 on his own in front of Arsenal. The Englishman J. Rodriguez is the best scorer of the team in the championship, with 3 goals scored so far. Nacer Chadli, James Morrison and Salomon Rondon will not be doing this because of medical problems.
The probable team: Foster – Nyom, Hegazi, Evans, Gibbs – McClean, Livermore, Krychowiak, Brunt – Rodriguez, Robson Kanu
West Brom managed to get the last time on this field in November of 2003, 4-3 in a championship game. The two teams have started modestly this season, being already certain candidates for relegation to the Championship. West Ham has managed only one success in the last 5 official games, while West Brom has been victorious since August since the start of the championship. Being a basement derby, I expect a balanced game, with occasions on both sides. It is difficult to predict a winner, so this time I rely on a goal-based prognosis.