West Brom picked up a valuable three points against Wolves on Saturday but Mark Lawrenson believes they will not be able to repeat that result on Tuesday.
Sam Allardyce will visit one of his old sides as Albion travel to West Ham, hoping to record back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
However, the Irons are flying high and are currently five matches unbeaten, which is why Lawrenson predicts a tough test for Big Sam’s side.
In his weekly prediction for the BBC, the pundit wrote, “West Brom got a really good win at Wolves on Saturday, which will lift them, but they need to try to build on that this time.
“The Baggies got a confidence-boosting draw at Anfield just after Christmas, then shipped nine goals in their next two league games.
“This is going to be tough for them too, and what happens here will tell us a lot about their character and their chances of getting out of trouble.”
Lawrenson thinks that West Ham will win 2-0.
Turning a corner?
The result and performance at Molineux was huge and hopefully acts as the turning point in our season.
Allardyce took a while to get up and running but with new signings and a bit more confidence we looked a different team on Saturday, and hopefully that continues.
Lawro’s viewpoint is understandable given David Moyes has made his team difficult to beat, but in a game that will likely be decided by a single goal there is a possibility that Albion will grab that winner.
West Ham have won three consecutive games 1-0, so a repeat of our attacking display at the weekend should serve us well.
It also means a moment of quality could potentially win the match, and another three points would indicate that the survival bid is very much on.
In addition, to come from behind to win on Saturday despite eight games without a victory already shows tremendous character, as well as a belief in what Allardyce is trying to accomplish.
He clearly fired the team up at half-time and if he can do so again in East London, the boys may predict Lawrenson wrong yet again.