WEST HAM UNITED V WEST BROMWICH ALBION
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
SATURDAY 30 MARCH
KICK-OFF: 3PM
REFEREE: ANDRE MARRINER

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Introduction

• West Ham United return to the Boleyn Ground for the first time in five weeks for Saturday's Barclays Premier League meeting with West Bromwich Albion.

• The Hammers were last at home back on February 25 when Gareth Bale's last-minute stunner ended their four-game unbeaten home run in heartbreaking fashion.

• Sam Allardyce's men did bounce back to defeat Stoke City 1-0 in their next fixture, although Chelsea got the better of them at Stamford Bridge last time out.

• Saturday's 3pm kick-off is West Ham's third and final game of the month, with the FA Cup with Budweiser and an international break accounting for two weekends.

• West Bromwich Albion, meanwhile, have overcome a sticky period at the turn of the year to take ten points from their last five Barclays Premier League games.

• The Baggies' 0-0 draw at Stoke City two weeks ago came on the back of.recent victories over Liverpool, Sunderland and Swansea City, and leaves Steve Clarke's men eighth in the table.

• The Hammers are currently eleven points behind the Baggies in the Premier League, although West Ham have played a game less than Saturday's opponents. They remain, however, just three points off the top ten.  

• West Brom's visit to the Boleyn Ground is one of eight Barclays Premier League matches taking place on Saturday. Manchester United travel to Sunderland for the 12.45pm kick-off, while the other 3pm games are: Arsenal v Reading, Manchester City v Newcastle United, Southampton v Chelsea, Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur and Wigan Athletic v Norwich City. The late 5.30pm kick-off is Everton v Stoke City.

Team news

West Ham United

• Mark Noble is out for the Hammers after undergoing surgery on a trapped nerve in his arm.

• Joe Cole is back in the squad after shaking off the hamstring injury which kept him out of the trip to his former club Chelsea two weeks ago.

• Kevin Nolan could also be back in contention with his broken toe recovering sufficiently for him to return to training.

• George McCartney continued his comeback from a knee injury with a run out in the Development Squad's friendly against Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday 19 March.

• Young goalkeeper Raphael Spiegel fractured a finger whilst on international duty with the Swizerland U21 side, so the Hammers have recalled Stephen Henderson from his loan at Ipswich Town.

West Bromwich Albion

• To follow...

Background

• Today's fixture marks the 93rd competitive meeting between West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion. The Hammers have won 35, the Baggies have tasted victory on 37 occasions and there have been 20 draws. It will also be the tenth time the two clubs have met in the Premier League.

• The last four meetings between the sides have ended in draws, two of which ended goalless, while the other stalemates saw a total of ten goals.

• Neither club has won a Premier League fixture between the two clubs by more than one goal.

• The Hammers recorded their biggest-ever win over the Baggies on 16 April 1965. Striker Brian Dear had a day to remember as he netted five goals within the space of 20 minutes either side of half-time in a 6-1 home Division One victory. Martin Peters had earlier opened the scoring.

• West Brom recorded their biggest win over West Ham back on 24 October 1925, romping to a 7-1 Division One victory at The Hawthorns. Jimmy Ruffell netted West Ham's consolation goal.

• West Ham and West Brom met in the 1966 Football League Cup final. The sixth and last League Cup final to be played over two legs, the Hammers won the first game 2-1 at the Boleyn Ground, with Geoff Hurst and Johnny Byrne cancelling out Jeff Astle's opener. The second leg was a different story, however, as the Baggies clinched a 4-1 win to secure a 5-3 aggregate success.

Last time out

On the back of an impressive 1-0 win at Stoke City, West Ham came unstuck at Stamford Bridge, as Frank Lampard netted his 200th Chelsea goal in a comfortable 2-0 win. The West Ham United Academy graduate opened the scoring in the 19th minute, powering a header from Eden Hazard's dink past Jussi Jaaskelainen. Meanwhile, another former Hammers Demba Ba had a hatful of chances to extend the hosts' lead, before the sparkling Hazard made it 2-0 five minutes after the break, slamming an angled left-footed drive into the corner.       

Sunday 17 March
Barclays Premier League
Chelsea 2-0 West Ham United
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Reid, O'Brien, Collins (Tomkins 61), Demel, Jarvis, Collison, Diame (Taylor 46), O'Neil, Carroll, Vaz Te (C.Cole 80)
Subs not used: Spiegel, McCartney, Pogatetz, Chamakh

Saturday 16 March
Barclays Premier League

Stoke City 0-0 West Bromwich Albion
West Bromwich Albion: Foster, Olsson, Ridgewell, McAuley, Jones, Yacob, Morrison, (Fortune 84), Brunt, Thomas (Odemwingie 67), Mulumbu, Lukaku (Long 76)
Subs not used: Myhill, Popov, Tamas, Rosenberg

Previous meeting

West Bromwich Albion 0-0 West Ham United

The sides last went head to head on Sunday 16 December, in a game that would end goalless, with West Ham no doubt the happier with a well-earned point on their travels. In a game of few chances, Winston Reid volleyed over the bar from close range, while Gary O'Neil saw his curler shave the outside of the post. At the other end, James Morrison flicked the top of the crossbar, but it was to end honours even as the Baggies ended a run of three successive defeats.   

West Bromwich Albion: Myhill, Olsson, Popov, McAuley, Jones, Morrison, Brunt, Mulumbu, Gera (Lukaku 75), Long (Rosenberg 83), Odemwingie.

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Reid, O'Brien, Collins, Demel (Tomkins 81), Nolan, Jarvis (Maiga 76), Taylor, Noble, O'Neil, Cole.

Last six meetings (Premier League unless stated)

16 December 2012 West Bromwich Albion 0-0 West Ham United
12 February 2011 West Bromwich Albion 3-3 West Ham United
10 November 2010 West Ham 2-2 West Bromwich Albion
16 March 2009 West Ham United 0-0 West Bromwich Albion

13 September 2008 West Bromwich Albion 3-2 West Ham United

1 May 2006 West Bromwich Albion 0-1 West Ham United

Overall record v West Bromwich Albion

P92 W 35 D 20 L 37

Ten-year records

West Ham United

2011/12 Championship 3rd (86 points - promoted via Play-Offs)
2010/11 Premier League 20th (33 points - relegated to Championship)
2009/10 Premier League 17th (35 points)
2008/09 Premier League 9th (51 points)
2007/08 Premier League 10th (49 points)
2006/07 Premier League 15th (41 points)
2005/06 Premier League 9th (55 points)
2004/05 Championship 6th (73 points - promoted via play-offs)
2003/04 Championship 4th (74 points)
2002/03 Premier League 18th (42 points - relegated to Championship)

West Bromwich Albion

2011/12 Premier League 10th (47 points)
2010/11 Premier League 11th (47 points)
2009/10 Championship 2nd (91 points, promoted to Premier League)

2008/09 Premier League 20th (32 points, relegated to Championship)

2007/08 Championship 1st (81 points, promoted to Premier League)

2006/07 Championship 4th (76 points)

2005/06 Premier League 19th (30 points, relegated to Championship)

2004/05 Premier League17th (34 points)

2003/04 Championship 2nd (86 points, promoted to Premier League)

2002/03 Premier League 19th (26 points, relegated to Championship)

Referee

• The man in the middle for Saturday's fixture is Andre Marriner.

• Marriner last took charge of a West Ham United game on January 23, as the Hammers fell to a 5-1 defeat at the Emirates Stadium. He also officiated West Ham's trip to White Hart Lane, which saw Tottenham Hotspur run out 3-1 winners.

• Birmingham-born Marriner began refereeing in 1992, progressing through the Birmingham Amateur Football League and Southern League to become a Football League assistant referee in 2000.

• He was appointed to the Football League List of Referees in 2003 before joining the Select Group in 2005. Since then he has also been added to FIFA's International List in 2009.

• Marriner will be assisted by Steve Child and Jake Collin, while Michael Oliver will be the fourth official.

Old boys

• West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke spent just under two-years at the Boleyn Ground as assistant manager to Gianfranco Zola. During his first season at the club the Hammers had a relatively successful year, finishing ninth in the Barclays Premier League. Clarke left the club by mutual consent in June 2010 before joining Liverpool as first-team coach in January 2011.

• Baggies assistant manager Kevin Keen enjoyed a long and illustrious career with West Ham United, serving the Hammers as a player, coach and caretaker manager. Keen played 279 times for West Ham between 1986 and 1993, scoring 32 goals and twice winning promotion to the top-flight. Keen re-joined West Ham in July 2002 as Under-17 coach, later being appointed reserve-team coach and then first-team coach in October 2006.

• Among the other players who have represented both clubs are David Cross, Gary Strodder, Tommy Green, Vincent Hayes, Geoff Hurst, Thomas Kinsell, Tudor Martin, Nigel Quashie and Chippy Simmons.

General information

• Tickets for Saturday's clash are now SOLD OUT. For all other tickets, access the Box Office here.

• The weather for Saturday is much in keeping with the recent cold snap, as temperatures struggle to creep much above 5ºC  (41ºF). Thankfully, however, it is set to be predominantly dry

• Supporters travelling by road should note that the A12 Blackwall Tunnel Approach in Bow lane closed on entry slip road northbound at Bow Interchange, because of roadworks.

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