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WEST BROM PREVIEW

10 May 2013

A look ahead to Sunday's match against the Baggies

NORWICH CITY v WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Barclays Premier League
3pm kick-off
Carrow Road
Sunday, May 12, 2013

Norwich City will be hoping that last weekend’s result against Aston Villa was just a blip in their impressive home record and that they can sign off from their last match at Carrow Road with a victory in this Sunday’s crucial meeting with West Bromwich Albion.

The 2-1 reverse to Villa was just the fourth time City have been defeated on home turf in the league this season, but it was a score-line that leaves them needing a result this weekend to bridge the gap between themselves and the bottom three.

Albion’s midweek defeat against Manchester City means they are not yet fully secure in eighth place in the Premier League, and it was they who triumphed when the sides last met at the back end of 2012.

TEAM NEWS…
The good news for Canaries fans and manager Chris Hughton is that Robert Snodgrass will be fully fit, despite him limping off in last weekend’s defeat to Villa.

City’s manager confirmed at his press conference on Friday that the Scotland international winger has trained all week, but he also said Michael Turner will miss out once again because of the groin injury sustained against Reading.

John Ruddy is fit and available for selection, with Andrew Surman the only long-term absentee.

MOST RECENT MEETINGS…
West Bromwich Albion 2-1 NORWICH CITY 22/12/2012 – Premier League
West Bromwich Albion 1-2 NORWICH CITY 28/01/2012 – FA Cup
West Bromwich Albion 1-2 NORWICH CITY 14/01/2012 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 0-1 West Bromwich Albion 11/09/2011 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 1-2 West Bromwich Albion 19/04/2008 – Championship

LAST TIME AROUND… WEST BROMWICH ALBION 2-1 NORWICH CITY – 22/12/2012
The Canaries’ ten-match unbeaten sequence came to an end when West Bromwich Albion edged a close match at the Hawthorns just before Christmas.

Robert Snodgrass had given City the lead with a trademark free-kick in the first half, but goals from Zoltan Gera and then Romelu Lukaku secured the Baggies their first win in four.

Chris Hughton said after the match: “I thought we gave a good account of ourselves, their opportunities were limited but I'm very disappointed with the goal we conceded at a bad time before half time.

“On the balance of play I thought we played some good football but without creating the chances we would have liked.”

CANARIES FORM…
L – 1-2 v Aston  Villa (H) 04/05/2013 – Premier League
L – 0-1 v Stoke City (A) 27/04/2013 – Premier League
W – 2-1 v Reading (H) 20/04/2013 – Premier League
L – 1-3 v Arsenal (A) 13/04/2013 – Premier League
D – 2-2 v Swansea City (H) 06/04/2013 – Premier League

BAGGIES FORM…
L – 0-1 v Manchester City (A) 07/05/2013 – Premier League
L – 2-3 v Wigan Athletic (H) 04/05/2013 – Premier League
W – 3-0 v Southampton (A) 27/04/2013 – Premier League
D – 1-1 v Newcastle United (H) 20/04/2013 – Premier League
L – 1-2 v Arsenal (H) 06/04/2013 – Premier League

LAST NORWICH CITY XI (4-2-3-1 v Aston Villa)…
Mark Bunn; Russell Martin, Sebastien Bassong, Ryan Bennett, Javier Garrido; Jonny Howson, Bradley Johnson; Robert Snodgrass, Wes Hoolahan, Anthony Pilkington; Grant Holt (c).

LAST WEST BROMWICH ALBION (5-3-2 v Manchester City)…
Ben Foster; Billy Jones, Craig Dawson, Jonas Olsson (c) , Gabriel Tamas, Liam Ridgewell; Claudio Yacob, Youssouf Mulumbu, James Morrison; Markus Rosenberg, Romelu Lukaku.

REFEREE – HOWARD WEBB…
Howard Webb’s refereeing venues have ranged from Colchester United’s Weston Homes Community Stadium to Real Madrid’s Bernabeu in the last month… with this weekend’s game being his second visit to Carrow Road of the season.

His last game – the 0-0 draw with Fulham in February – came after officiating City’s memorable 4-3 win over Swansea City in December. Recently, he was charge when the Canaries lost 1-0 against Wigan Athletic.

He issued a red card to Rafael in his most recent match – Manchester United’s 1-0 home defeat to Chelsea last Sunday. That was his fifth sending off of the campaign.

ELSEWHERE…
Aston Villa v Chelsea (Saturday, 12:45)
Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur (13:30)
Everton v West Ham United
Fulham v Liverpool
Queens Park Rangers v Newcastle United
Sunderland v Southampton
Manchester United v Swansea City (16:00)
Arsenal v Wigan Athletic (Tuesday, 19:45)
Reading v Manchester City (Tuesday, 20:00)


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