West Bromwich Albion Match Preview
By Tom Dowsett
Friday 24 Jan 2020 19:01:00
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When he was first in charge of West Ham United, David Moyes faced an FA Cup run which started with then leaders of Sky Bet League One Shrewsbury Town, which they eventually won after extra-time and a replay, following a 1-1 draw. 

They then suffered defeat to Wigan Athletic who at the time the fourth-round tie came around, had replaced the Shrews at the league's summit.

After a hard-fought victory over Sky Bet League One side Gillingham in the last round, the Hammers will hope to progress to the next stage of the Emirates FA Cup with a win against Sky Bet Championship side West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. 

Over the last two seasons, West Ham have been dumped out of the competition by opponents from Sky Bet League One as their challenge last season was halted by AFC Wimbledon.

Both teams lost their last match but at least the Baggies have had two extra days preparation after their shock 1-0 home defeat to bottom club Stoke City on Monday night.

With the East Londoners having played twice already this week and set to face two more crucial Premier League matches in the next seven days, whilst the club will want to try and progress, they also have to be mindful of their current busy fixture schedule.

Michail Antonio certainly gave the team a lift after coming off the bench at The King Power Stadium in midweek and after a lengthy period on the sidelines, he may be set for his first start since the victory at Southampton on 14 December, while Albian Ajeti could be under consideration.

Due to the club's lengthy injury list, Carlos Sánchez is an option in midfield. It is also possible that David Martin, Fabián Balbuena and Pablo Fornals could all be recalled to the starting line-up.

Robert Snodgrass was substituted at half-time against the Foxes because of injury and is very unlikely to feature, as is Arthur Masuaku. There are also doubts over the fitness of Angelo Ogbonna. 

If selected, then defender Winston Reid will be in line to make his first competitive start since March 2018.

Saturday's match is a 3pm kick-off and the referee is Stuart Attwell.

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