Just a very small interest on the Premier League game tonight. Albion are propping up the rest of the top flight and are very much in "must win" territory, lying as they do, seven points + from safety. It is still not an impossible task, as they have to meet almost all of the teams directly above them in the table, many of them at the Hawthorns, but they need to find a win from somewhere and very soon !
United seem extremely unlikely to trouble Everton in sixth place and seem booked for a 7th-9th place finish, they are looking for their third straight league win, but this is something they have not achieved in two years, so stats are against them there. They are missing Jack Collison and top scorer Carlton Cole and this is a very big concern, in actual fact ,of the 34 EPL goals that the Hammers have notched this season, only the scorers of ten are available for selection tonight !
Given that goals might be hard to come by and the far greater need of the visitors, surely we can "waste" a couple of points on the away win. Albion have tried to play football the right way this season, but in truth, have lacked the personnel to do it, but have to be congratulated, for at least trying. Boss Tony Mowbray has a few more offensive options available this evening, with Bendnar and Simpson set to return and if they can score first it could prove decisive, as West Ham can sometimes struggle when chasing, then, not only could they cause a shock, but register a rare double, having won the reverse fixture 3-2.
2.5 points WBA to win 6.0 exchanges.