Norwich City are desperate to get out of relegation zone when they travel to West Bromwich Albion for the Premier League matchday 31 fixture on Saturday evening.
West Brom will be full of confidence and are coming on the back of two excellent results in their last league matches, a 2-2 draw against league leaders Leicester City and a priceless 1-0 win at home against Manchester United. Currently sitting 12th in the league table, the Baggies will be eying to jump into the top half of the table by securing all three points against a struggling Norwich City.
Alex Neil can take some positives after the Canaries held Manchester City to a 0-0 draw in their last league fixture. But time is running out for Alex Neil and his boys as his team is rooted at 18th in the league table. A win here will take them out of the relegation zone, but it also depends on how Sunderland fare in their match against Newcastle on Sunday.
West Brom are unbeaten in the last four Premier League matches, with 3 wins and 1 draw. Their home form is a strong one and are undefeated in six matches at the Hawthorns, with 4 wins and 2 draws.
Norwich are without a win since 11 Premier League matches, with 9 of them ending in defeats. They have lost their last six away matches and haven’t scored in four consecutive matches on the road.
West Brom: Team News
Chris Brunt is sidelined for the rest of the season, while James Morrison is on recovery from his injury.
Craig Dawson and Callum McManaman and John Evans are doubts and head-coach Tony Pulis could name the same starting eleven he used in the 1-0 win over Manchester United.
Predicted line-up (4-4-2):
Forster – Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Chester – Sessegnon, Fletcher, Yacob, Gardener – Rondon, Berahino.
Norwich City: Team News
Nathan Redmond and joins Alexander Tettey are sidelined for the Canaries due to respective injuries, while Andre Wisdom, Robbie Brady and Steven Naismith are all doubts and could miss the trip to West Brom.
On-loan Chelsea youngster Patrick Bamford once again lead the attack, with Wes Hoolahan playing just behind him.
Predicted line-up (4-4-1-1):
Ruddy- Bennet, Klose, Martin, Olsson – Howson, Dorrans, Jarvis, O’Neil – Hoolahan – Bamford.
West Brom vs Norwich: Head-to-Head Stats
The meetings between the two sides in recent times are pretty unpredictable, with the teams sharing 3 wins each in their last 6 meetings in all competitions.
The results also show there is no clear home advantage as Norwich have won twice and lost one in the last three matches against West Brom’s home ground.
West Brom vs Norwich: Prediction
West Bromwich Albion are on a strong run and especially they are a team to beat when playing at the Hawthorns. Norwich have lost 9 of their last 11 matches in the league and their miserable run could continue against a rough and tough Baggies on Saturday evening.
My score prediction for this match is West Brom 2-0 Norwich City.