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FA Cup Preview and Prediction: West Brom vs West Ham

West Brom vs West Ham Prediction West Brom vs West Ham Preview and Prediction

West Brom vs. West Ham – FA Cup Fifth Round

Venue: The HawthornsSaturday, February 14th12:45

Match Odds: West Brom 7/5 – Draw 23/10 West Ham 19/10

West Brom and West Ham clash in the first FA Cup fifth round tie of the weekend at The Hawthorns on Saturday in one of the three all-Premier League ties in the competition this weekend.

Both sides will be buoyed from their midweek Premier League performances as the Baggies beat Swansea 2-0 at home while West Ham picked up a valuable point away at Southampton, despite only having ten men for the last 30 minutes after goalkeeper Adrian saw red.

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West Brom have only lost one of their last eight games in all competitions, which includes their 2-1 win in the fourth round at Birmingham, and a comprehensive 7-0 victory over non-league Gateshead in round three.

West Brom’s home record in all competitions: Played 16 – Won 6 – Drawn 4 – Lost 6

By contrast, West Ham’s recent form has left a lot to desire as they’ve only recorded two wins in their last nine games – one of which came in the 1-0 fourth round success away at Bristol City. They edged through their third round replay via a fascinating 9-8 penalty shootout win against Everton.

West Ham’s away record in all competitions: Played 14 – Won 4 – Drawn 6 – Lost 4

These two sides have previously met on eight occasions in FA Cup history with West Ham coming out on top four times to West Brom’s one, with three draws along the way. The last FA Cup clash between them was a third round tie back in January 1993 and the Hammers sealed a 2-0 victory on the same ground that day.

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West Brom will be without Yusef Mulumbu (hamstring) and Jonas Olsson (leg), while Victor Anichebe will face a late fitness test after suffering a groin strain.

West Ham defenders Guy Demel, Winston Reid and James Collins are all unlikely to feature due to injury and Andy Carroll will face a fitness test after picking up an ankle injury at Southampton. Adrian will miss out through suspension.

We’re now reaching the business end of this year’s FA Cup competition and a place in the quarter-final awaits the winners of this one.

West Brom’s last five in all competitions: D/W/L/D/W

West Ham’s last five in all competitions: W/W/L/D/D

Key Stat: West Ham haven’t lost to a team from the bottom eight in the Premier League table this season. However, this is the FA Cup and anything can happen.

Key Player: Saido Berahino – An obvious choice, but the young Englishman has been a revelation this season and his goals are crucial to this West Brom side.

Score Prediction: West Bromwich Albion 1–1 West Ham United – It should be a tight game that is likely to go to a replay.

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About Ben Ashton (226 Articles)

MLS and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor and writer for mlsgb.com. All views are my own.

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