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Preview: Back on home soil for the visit of West Ham

The 2019/20 Premier League season got off to a flying start for Albion at Vicarage Road last weekend, but on Saturday afternoon we return home for Graham Potter’s first competitive match at the Amex Stadium, when West Ham United travel south for a 3pm kick off.

By Kieran Cleeves • 15 August 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Albion midfielder Dale Stephens.

Our fans were treated to jubilant celebrations as we fired three goals past Watford without reply on Saturday, but feelings at West Ham’s London Stadium were at the other end of the scale, as Premier League champions inflicted a 5-0 defeat on the Hammers in their opening fixture.

Pep Guardiola’s side were the final visitors to the Amex last season and sealed the Premier League trophy with a 4-1 win, but now under the guidance of Potter, we’ll be looking to concentrate on the future and build on last week’s triumphant scoreline.

Florin Andone and Neal Maupay came off the bench to add to Abdoulaye Doucoure's own goal in an eye-catching 3-0 victory, which left us third until Manchester United's 4-0 win over Chelsea, and the pair will be hoping to push for a place in Potter's starting line-up come Saturday afternoon.

The team news...

The boss revealed that he has no new injury concerns for the game against the Hammers following last weekend, as long-term absentees Jose Izquierdo, Yves Bissouma and Ezequiel Schelotto all remain sidelined. 

By Paul Hazlewood
Glenn Murray celebrates his winner against West Ham last season

Back in October…

Glenn Murray’s 25th-minute finish secured the first win in a successful, unbeaten month last season, as we inflicted a third Premier League defeat on the Hammers, after winning twice during the 2017/18 campaign.

The goal moved Murray to within one of reaching a century for the club, which of course he went on to reach a few weeks later against Wolverhampton Wanderers, in a third successive 1-0 victory.

Move forward a few months to the start of January and it looked as if another victory over the Hammers was imminent, but a second-half fightback saw them cancel our two-goal lead to draw 2-2.

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Extended highlights: Watford 0 Albion 3

Our last fixture…

Watford 0

Albion 3
Doucoure 28 (og)
Andone 65
Maupay 77

Albion line-up: Ryan; Duffy, Dunk, Burn; Montoya, Stephens, Propper, March (Bernardo 90+1); Gross, Murray (Maupay 63), Locadia (Andone 63).

Subs not used: Button (GK), Webster, Mooy, Trossard.

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West Ham in action against Manchester City on the opening day

Their last fixture…

West Ham 0

Manchester City 5
Jesus 25
Sterling 51, 75, 90+1
Aguero 86 (pen)

West Ham line-up: Fabianski; Fredericks, Balbuena, Diop, Cresswell; Wilshere (Snodgrass 56), Rice; Anderson (Hernandez 66), Lanzini, Antonio (Fornals 46); Haller.

Subs not used: Roberto (GK), Sanchez, Ogbonna, Zabaleta.

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Sebastien Haller in action for the Hammers

Their one to watch…

Sebastien Haller signed for the Hammers in a club record £45m deal over the summer, making the switch from Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt to the Premier League.

Haller, a 6ft-3in forward, hit 20 goals during the 2018/19 campaign, which attracted interested from club’s across Europe, but the east Londoners were able to secure the Frenchman’s signature.

Having already played in France, Holland and Germany’s top divisions, the 25-year-old will now look to shine in the Premier League and will desperate to open his Hammers account at the Amex.

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