West Brom vs. West Ham – FA Cup Fifth Round
Venue: The Hawthorns – Saturday, February 14th – 12:45
Match Odds: West Brom 7/5 – Draw 23/10 – West Ham 19/10
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.
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.
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.