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Preview: West Brom v West Ham United


By Jemma Tappenden
December 16 2012

West Bromwich Albion play host to West Ham this afternoon, with manager Steve Clarke announcing that he has six injury concerns ahead of kick off.  The two sides are separated by just 4 points in the league, with West Ham looking to move 7th above Norwich this afternoon, and just one place behind the Midlanders if they are victorious at the Hawthorns.

On the other hand, a win for the Baggies would see them climb back to 4th in the Premier League table.  Albion boss Steve Clarke has six injury concerns ahead of this afternoon's kick off, including long term absentee Ben Foster.  Defender Liam Ridgewell and midfielder Claudio Yacob are both fighting fitness battles, and Clarke has three other concerns which he has not named.

West Ham are likely to be without full back George McCartney, who pikced up a knee injury during training this week, and midfielder Mohamed Diame could be sideliend for up to 12 weeks with a hamstring injury.

Today's game is almost certainly one of Steve Clarke's toughest tests as Baggies boss.  For the first time this season his side are in a downward spiral of form and have lost their last three league games.  The test is made all the more tougher with West Ham also being in a down turn of form.  For the Hammers just four points from their last five has seen them slip from the top half of the table completely.  But Albion can at least still approach this game from an impressive 6th placed table position, their three consecutive losses still seeing them firmly above the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool.  Two wins for the Baggies would see them firmly routed in third position three points ahead of Chelsea by the time they return to domestic action.

Today's fixture at the Hawthorns kicks off at 4pm, and readers can live score updates via our Twitter feed @WBABaggiesworld

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