Last Updated: 28/12/13 3:31pm
Both sides remain in relegation trouble but you would have to say a point for West Brom - especially away from home - is more valuable. Momentum in this game regularly changed hands and for the neutral it was a Christmas cracker - sorry! Nicolas Anelka showed why he could be a key man for the Baggies in their bid to climb up the table with two predatory strikes, while West Ham would currently give anything to have a goalscorer of his pedigree in their ranks.
The final whistle goes and is greeted with some boos by the West Ham fans, but what a game for the neutral.
Mulumbu gets in a shot from the edge of the box that is saved, following appeals for a handball by Rat.
Demel gets in a cross which is challenged for by both Nolan and Olsson, but goalkick is the outcome and West Ham feel aggrieved once more.
Anelka tries an audacious shot on the turn from the halfway line and it only goes narrowly wide, although keeper Jaaskelainen had it covered.
Jaaskelainen has to race of his line to save at the feet of Yacob and it's West Brom who look the most likely to find a winner.
Maiga is fouled and the hosts have a free-kick just inside the West Brom half but Rat's set piece is headed clear by Olsson.
Berahino is caught offside and there is a rare break in play. Who has the initiative now? Will we have a grandstand finish?
West Brom have a free-kick 25 yards out and central, but Morrison blasts it straight into the defensive wall.
Morrison plays the ball out to Berahino who twists and turns to create a shooting chance before firing a low shot into teh far corner.
Nolan played the ball in for Maiga whose dipping shot bounced in front of keeper Foster and appeared to go through him before finding the net.
But moments later he twists on the edge of the box and his his shot is destined for the top corner until Foster throws himself to his right to push it away for a corner.
Rat's high cross is headed down by Maiga for Diame, but he scuffs a shot hopelessly wide from the edge of the box.
The Baggies counter with Brunt setting up Mulumbu whi drives a shot just wide from the edge of the box.
Tenacity by Nolan earns West Ham a corner which breaks to Rat 25 yards out, but his low shot is held by Foster.
West Ham have made a change with Carlton Cole replaced by Modibo Maiga as the second half gets under way.
The teams leave the field with Joe Cole protesting to referee Mike Dean about the award of the corner which in the end proved to be so crucial.
Big dispute about the award of a corner to West Brom after a challenge by Joe Cole on Morrison. But it was given - replays suggest wrongly - and Anelka stabbed in from close range after Olsson's initial header was cleared off the line by Carlton Cole.
Jarvis forces a corner after another marauding run. He again takes it but Brunt heads clear at the near post.
Great through ball by Brunt releases Anelka into the box and he calmly fires past the advancing keeper after holding off Joey O'Brien to claim his first goal in a West Brom shirt.
Brunt probably had more time than he though to pick out a better pass, but a let-off for the hosts there.
Mulumbu's clever through ball puts Brunt clear in the box and he pulls the ball back, but West Brom players are struggling to give support and the hosts clear.
Nolan tries to bundle his way into the box and there are half-hearted appeals for handball which are rightly waved away.
The hosts almost shoot themselves in the foot as they try to play the ball out of defence but give it to Morrison, but he then runs the ball out of play.
However, the noise increases as the two Coles combine with Carlton heading down Joe's cross but Demel fires just wide on the turn.
More good work by Jarvis sees him get the better of Jones and get to the by-line, but his cutback is hacked clear by Olsson with Carlton Cole waiting to pounce.
Many had predicted this game would be a dour affair, but so far it has been excellent so credit to both teams.
The Baggies line up a two-man wall with the kick 40 yards out. Noble chips it to the far post where Jones outjumps McCartney at the expense of a corner.
Carlton Cole and Gareth McAuley collide on the edge of the Baggies box and the defender needs treatment.
West Brom have enjoyed good pressure in the last couple of minutes, but Jaaskelainen is still to be tested.
Danger for West Ham as Morrison and Anelka combine on the edge of the box, but the latter's back heel trickles through to Jaaskelainen.
Good work by Jarvis sees him earn a corner. He takes it and picks out Carlton Cole but his looping header is easy for Foster.
Matt Jarvis finds space down the left but his cross is too close to keeper Foster who makes a comfortable catch.
The visitors sweep downfield and force two more corners, but the Hammers are able to clear their lines.
Brunt takes the corner deep and Olsson's header is saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen at the foot of his post.
The game goes on with West Ham down to 10 men so Nolan slots into defence as the Baggies force a corner.
After surviving a scare at one end, the Hammers were quick to break and a one-two between Joe Cole and Kevin Nolan opened up the West Brom defence from Carlton Cole's flick after a long punt downfield by Jaaskelainen.
Mark Noble is caught in possession on the halfway line by Saido Berahino who drives forward. He plays it out to Billy Jones whose cross is met at the far post by Chris Brunt, but his volley finds the side netting.
Mitch says: "It's a must win for us but I can already see we are going to have 2 games on our hands here as I can't see a few of the guys lasting the full 90 minutes especially the Coles ... I can see that causing us a problem if we get anymore injuries during the game and if we do get through these guys will need replacing and I think it will be during that period that the game will be decided... As tactically and unless we are a few goals ahead I can see West Brom taking advantage of the changes that this period will bring."
"As a Hammers fan, I can see a miserable defeat today, with the Baggies winning 2-0 with Anelka getting both. I feel big Sam's time will be up in the next few weeks if we don't start picking up some wins. Hoping for a win but just can't see it," says Grant Oddy.
"As a Baggies fan and as much as I'm hoping for a win today, I think this game has got draw written all over it! With West Ham struggling to score goals and us drawing our previous two games 1-1, I think this game is a draw all day long! Also where has Anelka emerged from? I'd love to know how he's back in the starting XI when nobody's heard off him for weeks! But no matter what I'll get behind my team today so COYB!" says Joshua Hayward.
Form favours neither outfit with the Hammers picking up just a solitary point from their last five games while the Baggies are winless in eight. As a result, both sides have had their odds for relegation trimmed, although the hosts are considered twice as likely for the drop at 9/4 to their visitors' price of 9/2. The goal-shy Hammers will hope Carlton Cole can able to maintain his rare scoring run, having netted in back-to-back 3-1 defeats, and he heads the first goalscorer market along with Shane Long at 6/1 apiece.
Sam Allardyce names nine of the starting XI from the 3-1 Boxing Day defeat to Arsenal for the Barclays Premier League meeting with West Brom, which he refers to as a 'must win' game. Jussi Jaaskelainen is named in goal following Adrian's shaky display against the Gunners less than 48 hours ago, while Razvan Rat comes in to replace James Collins, who misses out with a calf injury. West Brom's caretaker head coach Keith Downing makes six alterations from the side that drew 1-1 at Tottenham on Boxing Day, with Nicolas Anelka and Saido Berahino both recalled in attack. Billy Jones, Gareth McAuley, Youssouf Mulumbu and Chris Brunt are also brought in as Craig Dawson, Steven Reid, Claudio Yacob, Morgan Amalfitano, Zoltan Gera and Matej Vydra all make way.
The teams have arrived and are as follows - West Ham: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Rat, Tomkins, McCartney, Noble, Diame, Joe Cole, Nolan, Jarvis, Carlton Cole. Subs: Collison, Maiga, Adrian, Taylor, Diarra, Demel, Chambers. West Brom: Foster, McAuley, Lugano, Olsson, Billy Jones, Morrison, Mulumbu, Brunt, Ridgewell, Berahino, Anelka. Subs: Yacob, Sinclair, Myhill, Amalfitano, Vydra, Dawson, Sessegnon. Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)
Seasonal greetings! Hope you all had a great Christmas, but it's back to business today in what is always a key time of the season with games coming so thick and fast. We bring you coverage of today's early kick-of between West Ham and West Brom at Upton Park, with the Hammers going into the game second bottom in the Premier League and the still managerless Baggies in 15th, but just a point above the drop zone so this is a vital game for both sides. As always, we welcome your comments so send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll publish the best ones.