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Brace The Hammer Staff Picks West Ham v West Brom

The staff gives punditry a whirl.

West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United - Premier League Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images

With West Ham United facing a stiff test against West Bromwich Albion this coming Saturday, Brace The Hammer thought we’d get the staff’s thoughts and picks on the match.

Please note that all picks are for entertainment purposes only, so if you bet on the Hammers based on our “wisdom”, well, good luck with that.

West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United - Premier League
Expect a lot of scenes like this on Saturday.
Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Alexander Kelly:

1-1 Draw. With Andy Carroll a doubt, and West Brom in good form, this will probably be a difficult match.

Andy Kostka:

West Ham 2-1 West Brom. If Carroll is out, the Hammers may struggle in front of goal, but should be able to pull it out at home.

Brian Duffy (guest pick from the SBN Arsenal blog, The Short Fuse):

1-1 to West Ham. Although they’re ahead of the Hammers in the table for the first time since 1625, I think West Brom will be held to a draw away this weekend.

Brian Tenerowicz:

Both West Ham and West Brom are in good form at the moment, and I would pick a West Ham win since they're home, but Carroll being in doubt makes me hesitant so I'm going with 1-1.

Chad Hoy:

Definitely gonna be West Ham 3-1. After that 4-2 loss in September I think we're gonna want some revenge against the Baggies, and it'd be a great result for us to beat the team who's ahead in the table. Robert Snodgrass scores his first Hammers goal on a free-kick.

Charlie Walsh:

West Ham 1-0 West Brom

Probably going to bore the socks off everyone involved but I have faith that our players can break through their solid defense.

Jack Kavanagh:

I predict a cagey 1-0 win from the Hammers. I think West Ham have a stronger side that West Brom on paper and the squad is feeling motivated to get an important win at the Olympic Stadium.

Trevor Criswell:

3-1 to the Hammers, Calleri bags the brace in relief of AC who limps off injured at the half.

Tom Atherton:

2-1 West Ham, tough game against two well matched sides. Expect Pulis and West Brom to put up a fight but the win against Southampton will have spurred us on and confidence will be high.

Jason York:

3-1 to West Ham. West Brom's inability to hold possession will eventually tip the balance toward the Hammers.

Shourjya Mookerjee (another guest pick):

1-0 WHU. West Brom are a tough side to crack this year, mostly due to defensive spacing; even Chelsea needed more than half the game to score. I doubted West Ham against So'ton last week, but based on current form, I think the Hammers come away with a late win this week.

Jonathan Liebling:

1-0 West Ham. Despite the addition of Jake Livermore to West Brom, I don't trust Salomón Rondón and Hal Robson-Kanu to carry an already deficient attacking line.

Snodgrass with the winner in the 76' minute.

Andrew Jones:

1-1 is the score I go with, since West Brom have been terrific this season.

Pete Schlenker (HammerPete):

Tony Pulis has his teams play football like it’s supposed to put you to sleep. They are the anthesis of creativity and fun and are usually all about snatching a lucky goal and holding the fort the rest of the match. He is the master of the 1-0 home victory and the 0-0 or 1-1 draw on the road. So while I want to say 2-1 or 2-0 West Ham, West Brom have enough quality to get a result on the road against us. I’m going with a 1-1 draw. Americans, have some coffee ready because this one won’t be free-flowing football.