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Venue: The Hawthorns Date: Tuesday, 27 January Kick-off: 1945 GMT
Coverage: Full commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live, score updates on BBC WM 95.6FM, text commentary on BBC Sport website & highlights on Match of the Day (on Wednesday)

 


Midfielder Jonathan Greening joins West Brom boss Tony Mowbray's injury list because of a medial ligament problem.

Ryan Donk could be pressed into action, despite suffering a groin injury, because Abdoulaye Meite, Jonas Olsson, Leon Barnett and Neil Clement are out.

Fabio (calf) and Danny Welbeck (ankle) are the latest additions to an equally long Manchester United injury list.

Darren Fletcher may play at right-back and Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to shrug off the effects of a stomach bug.

 

 

BIG-MATCH FACTS

Bottom plays top at the Hawthorns, as lowly West Brom chase a fourth successive home league win and pacesetters Manchester United bid for a sixth successive Premier League maximum.

United will set a new top-flight record of 11 successive clean sheets, if they manage a shut-out against the Baggies.

If United keeper Edwin Van Der Sar keeps West Brom at bay for 84 minutes, he will set a new Premier League record for consecutive minutes without conceding a goal. He will pass Peter Cech's mark of 1,025 minutes accomplished between 12 December 2004 and 5 March 2005.

The Red Devils have registered as many wins on their Premier League travels, as the Baggies have managed at home; five.

A clear three-goal victory for West Brom would see Sir Alex Ferguson's club losing top spot. Indeed a two-goal victory would have the same outcome, if the Red Devils scored no more than one goal.

Manchester United are unbeaten in their seven Premier League matches against West Brom and hold a 100% record at the Hawthorns, having won three of three.

Albion last beat United on home soil 25 years ago. Steve Mackenzie and Cyrille Regis were on target when they enjoyed a 2-0 top flight triumph on 31 March 1984.

Distance between the clubs: 77 miles (123 kilometres)

 

CLUB FORM

WEST BROMWICH ALBION

 

20th 21 points
Highest mathematically achievable: 12th
Lowest could fall: 20th

 

1. Alternated between loss and victory in their last six Premier League outings.

2. Won 25 and lost 75 of 136 all-time Premier League matches.

3. Picked up less than a point a game so far this season; 21 from 22.

4. Won the last three home league matches against Manchester City, Tottenham and Middlesbrough.

5. Not lost a home league game in four, since a 0-3 reverse to Chelsea on 15 November.

6. Lost the last 11 against 'Big Four' clubs since beating Arsenal 2-1 at the Hawthorns on 15 October 2005.

7. Not scored in any of the five matches against quartet of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United, this season.

8. Bidding for a Manchester double, having beaten City 2-1 at the Hawthorns on 21 December.

8. Away to Hull on Saturday.

 


 

MANCHESTER UNITED

 

1st 47 points
Highest achievable: 1st
Lowest could fall: 2nd

 

1. Lost just one of 20 in all competitions.

2. Won the last five Premier League matches, against Stoke (a), Middlesbrough (h), Chelsea (h), Wigan (h) and Bolton (a).

3. Unbeaten in 10 league games; won eight and drawn two since losing 2-1 away to Arsenal on 8 November - their only loss in 18 top-flight outings.

4. Boast the tightest defence in the Premier League. More details

5. One defeat short of 150 in league football under Sir Alex Ferguson.

6. One point down on last term and six points down on the previous season (both title-winning campaigns).

7. Not conceded in 10 games, or 942 minutes (15 hours 42 minutes) of Premier League football since Samir Nasri scored Arsenal's second in the Gunners' odd goal in three home victory on 8 November.

8. Picked up 11 points from a last possible 15 on the road.

9. Registered comprehensive home victories over all three promoted clubs; 4-0 to West Brom, 4-3 against Hull and 5-0 over Stoke.

10. Home to Everton on Saturday.

 

KEY PLAYER NOTES

WEST BROMWICH ALBION

 

Scott CARSON is the only remaining player to have been on the field for every minute of every one of West Brom's Premier League matches this season.

If selected:-

Carl HOEFKENS and Roman BEDNAR will be making their 50th league appearances for West Brom.

 


 

MANCHESTER UNITED

 

Edwin VAN DER SAR is leading the race for the Barclays Golden Glove with 14 clean sheets.

If selected:-

Carlos TEVEZ will be making his 50th Premier League appearance in a Manchester United shirt.

Tomasz KUSZCZAK will be facing a former club. The 26 year old Poland international goalkeeper made 35 appearances (31 in the league) for West Brom between July 2004 and July 2007.

 

HEAD TO HEAD

Manchester United have scored a total of 12 goals in the last four league and cup meetings with West Brom.

United are bidding for a sixth successive league victory at the Hawthorns.

Home and away
League (inc PL): WBA 37 wins, Man United 45, Draws 25
Prem: WBA 0 wins, Man United 6, Draws 1

at WBA only
League (inc PL): WBA 26 wins, Man United 16, Draws 11
Prem: WBA 0 wins, Man United 3, Draws 0

 

THIS SEASON'S REVERSE FIXTURE

Manchester United 4-0 West Bromwich Albion
18 October 2008 - Ref: Mark Halsey
Man Utd scorers: Rooney 56, Ronaldo 69, Berbatov 71, Nani 90

 

REFEREE

Rob Styles (Waterlooville, Hampshire)