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WEST BROM PREVIEW

6 December 2013

A comprehensive look at Saturday's trip to the Hawthorns

WEST BROMWICH ALBION v NORWICH CITY
Barclays Premier League
15.00 kick-off
The Hawthorns
Saturday December 7, 2013

THE Canaries face their second away game on the spin against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, hoping to reverse a run of four consecutive defeats on their travels.

The latest was Saturday’s heavy 5-1 reverse to a Luis Suarez-inspired Liverpool at Anfield – a result that left Chris Hughton’s side in 16th place in the Barclays Premier League table.

Opponents West Brom currently occupy 13th position but are only a point ahead of the Canaries, with the Baggies having won just once in their last eight league matches.

Hughton confirmed at his press conference on Thursday afternoon that he there were no fresh injury concerns after the midweek match, with the same squad of players expected to travel to the West Midlands.

City have won on three of their last five trips to West Bromwich Albion, but it’s the hosts who lead the overall head-to-head record with 23 wins from the 56 meetings between the two clubs.

Norwich have triumphed 18 times – most recently by four goals to nil in that memorable clash at Carrow Road last year to secure survival – while there have been 15 draws.

MOST RECENT COMPETITIVE MEETINGS…
NORWICH CITY 4-0 West Bromwich Albion 12/05/2013 – Premier League
West Bromwich Albion 2-1 NORWICH CITY 22/12/2012 – Premier League
West Bromwich Albion 1-2 NORWICH CITY 28/01/2012 – FA Cup Fourth Round
West Bromwich Albion 1-2 NORWICH CITY 14/01/2012 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 0-1 West Bromwich Albion 11/09/2011 – Premier League

LAST TIME AROUND… Norwich City 4-0 West Bromwich Albion, May 12 2013 – Premier League...
NORWICH City secured their survival in the Premier League by thrashing West Bromwich Albion 4-0 in a memorable day at Carrow Road back in May.

The Canaries went into the game knowing that, after a tough second half of the campaign, they needed to win to guarantee another year of top flight football after Swansea City had defeated Wigan Athletic earlier in the week.

Robert Snodgrass got the ball rolling with the game’s opening goal on 25 minutes, before Grant Holt benefited from a mix-up in the Albion defence to tap home.

A Gareth McAuley own goal secured the victory before Jonny Howson rounded the day off in style with a curling effort from outside the box in stoppage time.

Hughton said afterwards: “It's a feeling of massive pride and we made life quite difficult in the second half of the season but that's an indication of how tough this league is. We have to fight for every win and were in a downward spiral we found it difficult to get out of.

"There was nerves and anxiety. We were desperate to stay in the Premier League and knew a win would make sure we retained our Premier League status and the way we went about it from the first minute was excellent.”

BAGGIES’ FORM…
L – 2-3 v Manchester City (H) 04/12/2013 – Premier League
L – 1-2 v Newcastle United (A) 30/11/2013 – Premier League
D – 2-2 v Aston Villa (H) 25/11/2013 – Premier League
D – 2-2 v Chelsea (A) 09/11/2013 – Premier League
W – 2-0 v Crystal Palace 02/11/2013 – Premier League

CANARIES FORM…
L – 1-5 v Liverpool (A) 04/12/2013 – Premier League
W – 1-0 v Crystal Palace (H) 30/11/2013 – Premier League
L – 1-2 v Newcastle United (A) 23/11/2013 – Premier League
W – 3-1 v West Ham United (H) 09/11/2013 – Premier League
L – 0-7 v Manchester City (A) 02/11/2013 – Premier League



LAST WEST BROMWICH ALBION XI (4-4-2 v Manchester City)…

Boaz Myhill; Steven Reid, Jonas Olsson, Gareth McAuley, Liam Ridgewell; Morgan Amalfitano, James Morrison, Claudio Yacob, Chris Brunt (c); Saido Berahino, Shane Long.  

LAST NORWICH CITY XI (4-3-3 v Liverpool)…
John Ruddy; Russell Martin, Ryan Bennett, Sebastien Bassong (c), Martin Olsson; Leroy Fer, Bradley Johnson, Jonny Howson; Wes Hoolahan, Nathan Redmond, Johan Elmander.

REFEREE – Mark Clattenburg…
County Durham official Mark Clattenburg is yet to issue a red card in his 13 assignments so far in the 2013/14 campaign.

Saturday will be his first Norwich City game of the season – the last time he officiated a Canaries game was in the 0-0 draw with Southampton at Carrow Road back in March.

His most recent assignment was on Wednesday night when he took charge at Craven Cottage for Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-1 triumph over Fulham.

As one of the country’s top officials, Clattenburg took charge of the Community Shield at the beginning of the season and has also refereed in the Champions League and Capital One Cup.

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES…
Manchester United v Newcastle United (12.45)
Crystal Palace v Cardiff City
Liverpool v West Ham United
Southampton v Manchester City
Stoke City v Chelsea
WEST BROMWICH ALBION v NORWICH CITY
Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur (17.30)
Fulham v Aston Villa (Sunday, 13.30)
Arsenal v Everton (Sunday, 16.00)
Swansea City v Hull City (Monday, 20.00)

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