West Bromwich Albion will be looking to get back to winning ways tomorrow when they head to the London Stadium to face West Ham United in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Following a barnstorming start to the season under the guidance of manager Slaven Bilic, the Baggies have experience a slump in form in recent weeks.
Although they were able to set up a clash with West Ham by beating Charlton Athletic 1-0 earlier this month, West Brom have only managed to pick up four points from their last six Championship fixtures.
Given that automatic promotion is on the agenda for Bilic’s side this season, it will be intriguing to see whether he makes several alterations to his side following their shock defeat to Stoke City on Monday.
Whilst Grady Diangana and Matheus Pereira are both unavailable for West Brom’s showdown with the Hammers, the likes of Charlie Austin, Kyle Edwards and Filip Krovinovic will all be pushing for a start.
Speaking to BetVictor ahead of the clash, Michael Owen has predicted that West Ham will progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup.
The ex-England international said: “Former West Ham manager Slaven Bilic returns to the London Stadium on the back of a home less to Stoke earlier in the week and the only game the Baggies have won in their last seven was their third round success at Charlton earlier this month.
“Albion are still top of the Championship table, but they face a massive league game at Cardiff on Tuesday.
“West Ham were well-beaten at Leicester in the Premier League in midweek, but, irrespective of that result, I expect them to make it through to the next round in a tight, close game.”
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Although West Brom are currently struggling for consistency in the Championship, there is no reason why they cannot pose a threat to West Ham this weekend.
Considering that the Irons were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by lower-league opposition in the form of Oxford United earlier this season, they may struggle to cope against the Baggies if Bilic sets up his side to attack at the London Stadium.
By securing a confidence boosting victory over West Ham, West Brom could use the momentum gained from this victory to push on the second-tier.
Currently top of the Championship standings, a return to form may result in the Baggies moving clear of their promotion rivals Leeds United and Fulham in the coming weeks.