- West Ham vs West Brom kicks off at 6:00pm on BT Sport 1
Sam Allardyce confirms Snodgrass not allowed to play
On Sam Johnstone:
“It’s quite a difficult one. Sam’s record speaks for itself, that’s the first game he’s missed in about four years. At the the moment Sam is the best and the first choice here.”
“Snodgrass was an agreement between the clubs was that he couldn’t play. Both parties agreed to that so it’s fine by me.”
What could change this evening
The table doesn’t look great for West Brom at the moment, with Sam Allardyce calling out the board for needing to make new additions to the squad before his last match. That seemed to spur on the players to put in a battling performance and he will need exactly the same this evening.
If West Ham win by four goals this evening they climb into fifth place! Moyes is quietly doing a superb job.
This is what the teams will look this evening:
Seems like both are in 4-2-3-1 systems. One change for West Ham in Lanzini starting over Fornals.
Sam Johnstone and Conor Gallagher are in for West Brom while Robert Snodgrass isn’t even in the squad. I’m assuming that’s to do with him only just signing for them from West Ham.
West Ham vs West Brom
Hello there and welcome to our liveblog for West Ham vs West Brom live from a remote room somewhere vaguely near the London Stadium, as Sam Allardyce is welcomed back to his old stomping ground, a place he used to stomp around. Stomp stomp stomp. He returns as the latest West Brom manager and has already start to work his magic ways with the players, recording an impressive and deserved victory in the Black Country derby against Wolves.
Allardyce will lock tactical minds with David Moyes this evening, another manager who favours pragmatic, get-the-job done football. This game could either be end to end and very fun… or absolutely horrible. I’m excited to find out which.
This is what Mr Moyes has to say about this game:
“It has been tough to get consistency this season, but thankfully we’ve shown bits of it at different times.
“We’re in a decent run at this moment in time, but I don’t take any of it for granted. We know we’re going have to play really well and work very hard in every game we win.
“It’s something I’ve been trying to bring. I want to have a level of consistency, whether that be just general fixtures or in our league position over many seasons – we’re trying to achieve a level of consistency. I have to say the players are performing really well.
“We didn’t start the season particularly well in the first two games, but if you take those two out of it, you know we’ve been in really good form at this present moment in time.
“We hope that continues. We don’t take it for granted. I understand the players are doing a great job and we’re encouraging them to continually improve.
“We don’t want to be finishing where we are just now – we want to pick up a lot more points.”
Kick off is 6pm, we’ll be covering the whole thing live right here.