West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion – Premier League – London Stadium – Tuesday 6pm – Preview
It was a dogged West Ham United that edged past Burnley at the weekend and Brian Dear is expecting very much more of the same when relegation-threatened West Bromwich Albion, managed by former Hammers boss, Sam Allardyce, arrive in East London on Tuesday evening.
The Hammers have added a string or two to their bow this season, displaying defensive qualities and learning to win ugly when required. Their single-goal success over the Clarest was their ninth maximum haul this season, enhancing their hopes and ambitions of a top-half finish to the campaign.
Nevertheless, Allardyce has made a habit of fighting fires. The Baggies Black Country derby victory at Molineux was their first win under the guidance of the 66-year-old and Dear doesn’t expect it to be the last.
“Love him or hate him, Sam gets the job done one way or another,” the former Hammers frontman explained.
“His time at West Ham will always be the subject of debate. The football wasn’t always entertaining, but he got us back in the Premier League and kept us there, That was what he was brought in to do.
“I think some people might see similarities to the current situation. But I think we now have a manager more used to working towards the top end of the league. I’m seeing signs of what he achieved at Everton. If he is allowed to do it his way, there is no reason why we can’t replicate that with David Moyes.
“But we are where we are at the moment. First things, first. We need to be difficult to break down and beat. The signs are good on that front.
“I think going into a game like Tuesday night, we have a little more creativity and quality. I think it will be much the same as Saturday. Close, but we will come out on top.”
Dear continued: “We should be confident and expecting to win. I know West Ham have a habit of doing the unexpected and slipping when we least expect them to. But I’ve noticed a change in mentality, in the discipline, in quality. I think we will have too much for Sam’s team, although it will be close.”
Brian Dear’s prediction: West Ham United 2-1 West Bromwich Albion
Jeevesie’s prediction: West ham United 1-0 West Bromwich Albion