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West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United

2017-09-15 11:13:00, Views: 0, Clubcall

West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United

West Brom will hand late fitness tests to Nacer Chadli and Oliver Burke as they try to extend their unbeaten home run against West Ham.

The Baggies fell to their first defeat of the season at Brighton last weekend, but they return to the Hawthorns where they have collected four points from two games this term.

Tony Pulis has revealed that Chadli and Burke have knocks and will be assessed prior to the match, but Hal Robson-Kanu is available having served his suspension. Gareth McAuley will also come back into the manager's thinking, with the veteran defender recovering from a thigh injury.

Saturday's game is likely to be a landmark occasion for Gareth Barry, with the Baggies midfielder set to equal the Premier League appearance record, currently held by Ryan Giggs - who made 623 appearances for Manchester United.

West Ham will be in upbeat mood following their first win of the season on Monday, with the 3-0 home success over Huddersfield moving the Hammers off the foot of the table.

Slaven Bilic has confirmed that Marko Arnautovic will return to the West Ham squad, having been banned for the last three matches following his sending off at Southampton.

The Hammers boss is still without his captain Mark Noble, with the midfielder close to a return following a knee injury but Saturday's game will come too soon. Edimilson Fernandes and Manuel Lanzini also remain on the sidelines and it could be two weeks before they return.

West Brom won this fixture 4-2 last term, with Chadli scoring twice, but West Ham had won on their previous to league visits to the Hawthorns - including a 3-0 away victory in the 2015-16.


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