West Ham v West Brom preview: Mark Noble and Michail Antonio doubtful
Last Updated: 02/01/18 3:43pm
Mark Noble and Michail Antonio are doubtful for West Ham as they host West Brom in the Premier League on Tuesday.
Captain Noble is struggling with a hamstring injury and winger Antonio has yet to resume training after a groin problem and could miss out at the London Stadium.
The Hammers currently sit one place and two points above West Brom in the final two relegation spots, and David Moyes is hoping their home form can aid West Ham's survival bid.
"I think the most important thing for us is to focus on how we can get ourselves away from the bottom end," he said. "So all we can do is focus on ourselves and keep our home form as good as we can as well. We need to win our home games."
Jay Rodriguez also believes West Brom are gaining momentum in their quest to save their season after he scored an 89th-minute penalty to earn a 1-1 draw against Arsenal on Sunday.
"It's all about momentum now and we're putting our game to other teams which is something we are working hard at," he told the club's official website.
"Every lad is working to the maximum and we just need that little bit of luck, maybe, to kick us off. It's been difficult but I really hope the momentum has changed and things will be more positive."
Elsewhere for West Ham, Reece Oxford is back from a loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach, but Sam Byram (hamstring), Jose Fonte and Edimilson Fernandes (both ankle) are still out.
West Brom are expected to make changes with just 48 hours between games, and Alan Pardew could recall James McClean, Oliver Burke, Grzegorz Krychowiak and Allan Nyom.
Salomon Rondon (hamstring) is still struggling while Nacer Chadli (hip) and James Morrison (achilles) are out.
West Ham are unbeaten in their last eight home Premier League games against West Brom, though six of those have ended in draws (W2) including each of the last four.
West Brom haven't kept a clean sheet in both league games against West Ham in a season since the 1976-77 top-flight campaign.
West Brom have won just one of their last 19 Premier League away games (D7 L11) and are winless in the last nine.
The Baggies have scored just seven goals in their last 12 Premier League games on the road and never more than once in a match in this run.
West Ham have won just one of their last six Premier League games at the London Stadium (D2 L3).
Alan Pardew won his first two Premier League meetings with West Ham, hammering them 4-0 with Charlton in February 2007 and 5-0 with Newcastle in January 2011 - since then, he's won two of nine clashes with the Hammers (D3 L4).
West Ham have picked up 18 points from 20 Premier League games this season - their worst tally at this stage of a top-flight season since 2013-14 (15 points), while they'd won 22 points after 20 games last season.
Marko Arnautovic has netted five goals in his last five Premier League games, as many as he managed in his previous 38.
West Brom have been making chances but they just haven't got a goalscorer. They are creating more under Alan Pardew but their problem at the end of the season will be the lack of goals. West Ham will get back to winning ways here.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 (8/1 with Sky Bet)