There’s a theory that you don’t always get the rub of the green at the bottom and the West Ham United team could certainly feel aggrieved that they didn’t get more than a point at Birmingham on Saturday.
Not only did they conspire to throw away a two-goal lead in the final half-hour, but they were also denied what appeared a clear-cut penalty when Lars Jacobsen was pulled back by Jean Beausejour with the clock ticking down. But, while Avram Grant is bemoaning the Hammers’ luck, there is no question that the Premier League’s bottom club are showing imminent signs of a revival. Carlton Cole seems to be recovering his confidence and Frederic Piquionne continues to look lively. With Manu da Costa likely to fit again following an ankle injury, the visit of West Brom might be a good opportunity for them to collect a welcome three points.
Albion have enjoyed a decent start to life back in the top flight and few would have foreseen either their draw at Old Trafford or a famous win at the Emirates. But the wheels have come off a little in their last two games with defeats at Blackpool, where they finished the game with nine-men, and at home to Manchester City. Roberto Di Matteo’s team rarely looked like troubling City until the visitors had a man sent off but the Baggies also ended the match with 10 players following the dismissal of the combative Youssuf Mulumbu, who’ll now be suspended for their Upton Park visit.
Time may tell that both sides are in a false position at present and the improving Hammers are taken to edge this contest by a single goal (7/2 with Ladbrokes).