In-form Baggies to beat desperate Norwich City?
Last updated: March 14, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
West Brom’s last match against Arsenal was postponed, so Tony Pulis’ players had a week more resting time than their opponents Norwich City. In addition, The Baggies are in really good form. They beat Manchester United at The Hawthorns two weeks ago. They lost only 1 of their last 6 competitive games. In addition, West Brom finished with a draw against the leaders Leicester City at The King Power Stadium.
On the other hand, Norwich City held off Manchester City last weekend and won a point, but they are still in the relegation zone with only 25 points collected. If The Canaries play the same way till the end of the season, they will surely be relegated! Alex Neil’s players haven’t recorded a victory in a competitive game since 2nd January when they beat Southampton at home (11 matches without a victory, including 9 defeats).
West Bromwich Albion have won 11 of 24 home matches against The Canaries in the history of the Head to Head battle between these two teams. There have been 8 away victories for Norwich City, while the number of draws is 5. But, the Baggies form suggests a victory for West Bromwich Albion.
Only Jonny Evans and Chris Brunt are going to miss the game for West Bromwich Albion. Evans has a hamstring problem, while Brunt is out until the end of the season.
Steven Naismith has received an injury. The Scottish international forward is going to miss the visit to The Hawthorns.
Robbie Brady is suffering from a calf muscle strain. The Irish international is one of the key Norwich players. He has scored 2 goals in 28 games this season.
Wisdom and Tettey are the other injured players for The Canaries. Alex Tettey is suffering from an ankle injury and is going to resume full training in May.
Quotes of the week
Tony Pulis (West Bromwich) :
“Gardner’s old school – an old fashioned professional who’s brilliant round the dressing room.”
Alex Neil (Norwich City) :
“We just need to make sure that we are that surprise, and that we can go and put some wins together and get ourselves out of it.”
|WBA (4-4-1-1):||Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Chester, Gardner, Sessegnon, Fletcher, Yacob, Berahino, Rondon.|
|Subs||Anichebe, McClean, Pritchard, Pocognoli, Sandro, Lambert, Myhill|
|Norwich City (5-4-1):||Ruddy, Klose, Bennett, Olsson, Martin, O’Neil, Redmond, Jarvis, Howson, Hoolahan, Bamford.|
|Subs||Rudd, Ivo Pinto, Mbokani, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Jerome, Bassong.|
|Injured:||Wisdom, Brady, Tettey, Naismith.|
So far this season
|West Bromwich this season||Norwich City this season|
|6 (4)||(at home) Wins (away)||4 (2)|
|3-2 vs. Crystal Palace||Biggest win||3-1 vs. Sunderland and Bournemouth|
|3 (3)||(at home) Draws (away)||5 (2)|
|5 (5)||(at home) Losses (away)||6 (11)|
|0-3 to Southampton and Man City||Biggest Defeat||2-6 to Newcastle|
|Rondon (7)||Top scorer||Redmond (5)|
|Brunt, Fletcher, Morrison (3)||Assist Leader||Hoolahan (8)|
|Y55, R3||Discipline||Y53, R3|
|9||Failures to score||11|
|13||Both Teams to Score Games||16|
|12||Over 2.5 Games||16|
|17||Under 2.5 Games||14|
- Norwich City have lost their last 6 Premier League matches away from Carrow Road. Moreover, The Canaries have won only 2 of 15 away games this season.
- The Canaries have failed to score in their last 4 away matches. Alex Neil’s players have scored only 31 goals in 30 Premiership games.
- There have been the options of ‘under 2.5 goals scored’ and ‘both teams to score – NO’ in Norwich City’s last 3 away Premier League matches.
- West Bromwich Albion are undefeated in their last 6 matches at The Hawthorns in The Premier League. The Baggies won their last two home matches.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|24/10/15||The Premier League||Norwich 0-1 West Bromwich||S. Rondón 46′|
|23/09/15||The Capital One Cup||Norwich 3-0 West Bromwich||M. Jarvis 62′|
|05/04/14||The Premier League||Norwich 0-1 West Bromwich||M. Amalfitano 16′|
|07/12/13||The Premier League||West Bromwich 0-2 Norwich||G. Hooper 13′|
|12/05/13||The Premier League||Norwich 4-0 West Bromwich||R. Snodgrass 25′|