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West Bromwich Albion are targeting four more points for Premier League survival, and a win over West Ham United at the Hawthorns on Saturday would put them close to achieving that aim.

Pepe Mel's side (6-15-13) have picked up five points from their last four games to give themselves a great chance of avoiding relegation, but conceding stoppage-time equalisers to both Cardiff City and Tottenham Hotspur during that run has left them still needing results in their final matches of the campaign.

With Cardiff and Fulham both three points behind the Baggies having played a game more, Mel believes that four points from his team's four remaining matches should be enough.

"What we really have clear is that we need four points from the last four games," said Mel in his pre-match press conference. "Last year 36 was actually the cut-off point. I think 37 will be enough to keep us up. Saturday is the final. There is only one match.

"In the last six we've won two and drawn two, so I believe we are ready. The (Manchester) City game really was very difficult, particularly with us being 2-0 down inside 10 minutes. But some of the performances we have seen recently are those we need to see in order to keep ourselves up."

Despite being 12th in the table, Sam Allardyce's West Ham (10-7-18) are not yet assured of their Premier League status either. The Hammers have lost six of their last eight league matches, but on 37 points, they know one more positive result should be enough to see them back in the top flight for 2014-15.

"The reality for us is that we're not mathematically safe so we can't put any of our plans in to practice," said Allardyce, referring to the club's aims for the summer transfer market. "Last season was an overachievement and I think this season has been an underachievement up to now. There are certain circumstances as to why that's been the case, as we all know. They've been well documented, not just as a business but also publicly. It's been a tough one.

"In the last three games we haven't failed by performance, but we have failed by individual errors at a certain time and of course certain errors by officials. They've cost us pretty dear as well I think."

West Brom have injury doubts over Gareth McAuley (calf) and are missing Liam Ridgewell (knee) and Zoltan Gera (hamstring), while West Ham United have doubts over Guy Demel (illness).

It was a dramatic 3-3 draw when these teams met at Upton Park in December. The since-departed Nicolas Anelka scored a brace for the Baggies, with Saido Berahino grabbing the crucial equaliser.

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