Preview: West Brom v West Ham

West Ham are starting to feel a bit of early-season pressure ahead of their trip north to face West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

The Hammers have suffered back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Watford, shipping seven goals in the process, which makes it three losses already in the league after they also went down 2-1 to Chelsea on the opening day.

Slaven Bilic's side did manage to beat Bournemouth next up – the sole reason they are not in the drop zone after four matches, sitting 17th – one point behind the 12th-placed Baggies.

Albion have also struggled since winning on opening day, losing to Everton and drawing with Middlesbrough prior to last weekend's defeat to the Cherries.

They were also knocked out of the League Cup on penalties to Northampton Town, meaning that both teams could be a bit low on confidence.

In team news, Baggies boss Tony Pulis is close to welcoming back club captain Chris Brunt, who has been pencilled in to play for the Under-23's against Aston Villa at Bescot Stadium on Monday.

The Northern Ireland international has been sidelined since February when he suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage, which ruled him out of Euro 2016.

James Morrison stepped up his match fitness with 90 minutes against Bournemouth and the midfielder, who has recovered from a long-term hamstring injury, is expected to feature again this weekend.

Bilic has an almost fully-fit squad to choose from, with Mark Noble passed fit after requiring eight stitches in his hand as a result of an injury he sustained against the Hornets.

Aaron Cresswell (knee) and Andre Ayew (thigh) are making good progress, while Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho are a little further off from making their respective comebacks.

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