Paul Merson delivers his verdict on why rejuvenated West Ham will lose at West Brom

Paul Merson has delivered his verdict on why a rejuvenated West Ham United will slip back to losing ways at West Bromwich Albion this weekend.

West Ham United's Croatian manager Slaven Bilic gestures during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Huddersfield Town at The London Stadium, in east...

The Hammers climbed off the bottom of the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield on Monday night.

It was Slaven Bilic's first win of a torrid league season so far and came courtesy of goals from Pedro Obiang and Andre Ayew.

The return to fitness of Andy Carroll was a key factor for the Hammers, though, as the big striker dominated the Terriers throughout in his first action since April.

Bilic has been under pressure and the likes of Rafael Benitez and Roberto Mancini have been linked with his job.

The win eased that pressure but Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson feels it could pile back on to the Croatian as he predicts West Ham to lose at the Hawthorns on Saturday despite Tony Pulis' side going into the game off the back of a 3-1 defeat.

Slaven Bilic, Manager of West Ham United greets Tony Pulis, Manager of West Bromwich Albion during the Premier League match between West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion at London...

While Merson acknowledged Carroll's importance to the Hammers cause, he told Sky Sports it will be futile against the Baggies.

"West Brom were poor against Brighton, it was like they thought they would just turn up and not lose, but they were bad until they went 3-0 down, then they had a go," Merson said on Sky Sports.

"West Ham got a good result on Monday, but a lot for them depends on Andy Carroll.

West Ham United's English striker Andy Carroll reacts after missing a goal scoring opportunity during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Huddersfield...

"(But) I think West Brom have the players who could cope with him."

Carroll actually has a good goal record against West Brom and the Hammers will travel to the Midlands with renewed confidence despite losing all three of their league away games so far.

A huge plus for Bilic is the return of Marko Arnautovic to the fold after he was banned for three games following his sending off for a stray elbow against Southampton.

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