West Brom will play their final Premier League home game of the season against West Ham on Wednesday in front of supporters before they return to the Championship.

The Baggies head back to the second tier after a stay of just one top flight season, with boss Sam Allardyce tasting relegation for the first time as a manager.

Big Sam is known to be a coach who can toughen up defences, but no side has conceded more than leaky Albion since the former England boss took charge at the Hawthorns in December.

The same can’t be said for David Moyes’ West Ham side, even though they have let their Champions League dream slip in recent weeks.

Regardless, the Hammers have enjoyed an excellent campaign and currently occupy 7th, which would be enough to play European football next season.

A win is important, however, as that 7th position is far from secure with Arsenal, Leeds and Everton not far behind.

A win at the Hawthorns for West Ham would see them scoop their highest away points tally in the top flight since they finished 3rd in the 1985-86 campaign.

Former Hammers boss Sam Allardyce, now West Brom chief of course, has just 2 definite absentees for the visit of his former employers with Branislav Ivanovic and Robert Snodgrass both ruled out against the Hammers.

David Moyes meanwhile has more positive fitness news, with Manuel Lanzini and Arthur Masuaku both doubts to feature but not explicitly ruled out of contention.

West Brom v West Ham kicks off at 8.15pm on Wednesday 19th May.

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