Tonight a win is vital if we are to keep up the pressure on sixth placed Everton, who pulled nine points clear of West Ham with their win at the weekend. If form is anything to go by, we should do it, but West Brom have won three of their last five visits to Upton Park, so we shouldn’t be counting any chickens. We’re also going to have a very unfamiliar front two, with Sears and Di Michele most likely playing alongside each other. Best not put in too many high crosses, then!
In midfield Savio may get his first start on the left due to the injuries to Collison and Behrami. However, it appears that Boa Moarte might be fit again, so I wouldn’t put it past Zola to start with him. Kieron Dyer could feature too, although most likely from the subs bench. A more negative formation would be to put Jonathan Spector into midfield alongside Kovac, Noble and Parker.
In defence, the usual four of Tomkins, Upson, Ilunga and Neill will play.