NORWICH CITY v WEST HAM UNITED
Barclays Premier League
Saturday, November 9, 2013
AFTER two forgettable trips to Manchester, football returns to Carrow Road this weekend as the Canaries host West Ham United in the televised evening kick-off on Saturday.
Interestingly, in the last eight meetings of the two teams there has never been more than a goal’s difference between them – last season’s encounter in Norfolk ended 0-0, while the Hammers triumphed 2-1 on New Year’s Day at Upton Park.
The overall head-to-head record is very close, with West Ham just edging in front with 18 wins from the 48 games. Norwich City have won 15, and there have been 15 draws.
Sam Allardyce has seen his team keep a remarkable six clean sheets in their opening 10 Premier League matches this term, but such a miserly defensive record has come at a cost – they have only scored in half of those games.
A packed Carrow Road will been keen for Norwich to break down that reliable Hammers backline and subsequently roar their team on to victory under the floodlights.
MOST RECENT COMPETITIVE MEETINGS…
West Ham United 2-1 NORWICH CITY 01/01/2013 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 0-0 West Ham United 15/09/2012 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 1-2 West Ham United 07/01/2006 – FA Cup Third Round
West Ham United 1-0 NORWICH CITY 08/01/2005 – FA Cup Third Round
NORWICH CITY 1-1 West Ham United 21/02/2004 – Division One
LAST TIME AROUND… West Ham United 2-1 Norwich City, January 1 2013 – Premier League
A controversial early penalty meant left City on the back-foot – and they never recovered, losing 2-1 at Upton Park on New Year’s day.
Ryan Bennett was adjudged to have held back Winston Reid in the box after just three minutes, a decision that didn’t go down well with City’s players. Mark Noble dispatched the spot-kick.
Joey O’Brien netted midway through the first-half, and despite City fighting back and dominating after half-time, their only goal proved a consolation when Russell Martin scored in injury time.
Chris Hughton said afterwards: “The key decisions in the game did not go in our favour, but we did not start well enough.
“We showed in the second half a bit more of what we are about. Nobody has really given us a beating and they have all been really close games.”
L – 0-7 v Manchester City (A) 02/11/2013 – Premier League
L – 0-4 v Manchester United (A) 29/10/2013 – Capital One Cup Fourth Round
D – 0-0 v Cardiff City (H) 26/10/2013 – Premier League
L – 1-4 v Arsenal (A) 19/10/2013 – Premier League
L – 1-3 v Chelsea (H) 06/10/2013 – Premier League
D – 0-0 v Aston Villa (H) 02/11/2013 – Premier League
W – 2-0 v Burnley (A) 29/10/2013 – Capital One Cup Fourth Round
D – 0-0 v Swansea City (A) 27/10/2013 – Premier League
L – 1-3 v Manchester City (H) 19/10/2013 – Premier League
W – 3-0 v Tottenham Hotspur (A) 06/10/2013 – Premier League
LAST NORWICH CITY XI (4-4-1-1 v Manchester City)…
; Russell Martin, Michael Turner, Sebastien Bassong (c), Martin Olsson; Steven Whittaker, Leroy Fer, Bradley Johnson, Anthony Pilkington; Jonny Howson; Gary Hooper.
LAST WEST HAM UNITED XI (4-1-2-3-0 v Aston Villa)…
Jussi Jaaskelainen; Guy Demel, Winston Reid, James Tomkins, Razvan Rat; Mark Noble; Kevin Nolan, Jack Collison; Matt Jarvis, Ravel Morrison, Stewart Downing.
REFEREE – Jonathan Moss…
West Yorkshire referee Jonathan Moss takes charge of his first Norwich City match of the season.
In his nine assignment so far, Moss has dished out one red card – to Crystal Palace’s Kagisho Dikgacoi against Manchester United – and 30 yellow cards.
He officiated West Ham United’s 1-0 home defeat to Stoke City at the end of August.
Moss’ last Canaries assignment was the 0-0 draw against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road in February – the last time he was at Carrow Road was for City’s 1-0 home reverse to Chelsea last Boxing Day.
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES…
Aston Villa v Cardiff City
Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion
Crystal Palace v Everton
Liverpool v Fulham
Southampton v Hull City
NORWICH CITY v WEST HAM UNITED (17.30)
Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United (Sunday, 12.00)
Sunderland v Manchester City (Sunday, 14.05)
Manchester United v Arsenal (Sunday, 16.10)
Swansea City v Stoke City (Sunday, 16.10)