West Brom vs West Ham - The Predictions
With all the talk of Zola everybody seems to have forgotten about Bellamy. West Ham had to persuade Wales quite vigorously not to pick Bellamy for last week's internationals. I had assumed then that Bellamy was close to fitness. However no one seems to be suggesting he will be in the West Ham squad this week. West Ham could however have three debutants tomorrow. Walter Lopez, David Di Michele and Herita Ilunga are all fit and available for selection.
Lawro is fine form once again predicting a West Ham win because Zola's "impact in the dressing room in his first game in charge will be immense." It's a shame he doesn't take charge of the first team until Monday then Mr Lawrenson.
Lawro predicts a 1-2 win for West Ham
Sky are aware that Zola doesn't take charge until Monday but realise he could still have a big impact on the game even if he is only watching from the stands. "The Baggies now know they will be facing a side full of players desperate to impress Zola and avoid being culled by the new regime." Sky also note that West Brom "have lost six of their last seven top flight fixtures and have gone 16 Premier League games without a win."
Sky predict a 0-1 win for West Ham
Setanta note that West Ham have a good record against The Baggies winning the last three Premier League encounters, including two trips to The Hawthorns. However Setanta are also under the illusion that Zola is in charge. They think Zola won't make any changes to Curbishley's last eleven. No, he won't becasue he isn't in charge.
Anyway, even if you don't know much about football, West Ham's brilliant start to the season and West Brom's awful start should make this one fairly easy to predict. Nope, not a bit of it ...
Setanta predict a 0-0 draw