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WEST HAM PREVIEW

10 February 2014

City make the trip to East London

WEST HAM UNITED v NORWICH CITY
Barclays Premier League
19.45 kick-off
The Boleyn Ground
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

CHRIS Hughton will not find out until late whether Robert Snodgrass will be fit enough for Tuesday night’s trip to West Ham United.

The Scotland winger, who scored with a free-kick in the reverse fixture at Carrow Road in November, is struggling with a groin problem but is set to undergo a late fitness test.

Ryan Bennett (thigh) and Jonas Gutierrez (calf) will most likely be absent, while there will be no involvement for Michael Turner (hamstring) and Jonny Howson (back).

All of the available squad members will be looking to take momentum from Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Manchester City and head into a 12-day break from action on the back of three points at the Boleyn Ground.

Sam Allardyce’s side have managed back-to-back wins in the Premier League, however, and lead the overall head-to-head record with the Canaries.

They have won 18 times to City’s 16, while there have been 15 draws. The Hammers won 2-1 in the meeting at the Boleyn Ground last season, with goals from Mark Noble and Joey O’Brien.

MOST RECENT COMPETITIVE MEETINGS…
NORWICH CITY 3-1 West Ham United 09/11/2013 – Premier League
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



LAST TIME AROUND… Norwich City 3-1 West Ham United, November 9 2013 – Premier League…

The Canaries scored three second-half goals to secure a crucial win over West Ham United when the clubs met at Carrow Road back in November.

The visitors were the better team in the opening period and deservedly took the lead through Ravel Morrison, with Guy Demel also hitting the crossbar with a header.

Chris Hughton’s men were given the chance to draw things level from the penalty spot, and Gary Hooper made no mistake to score his first league goal for the Club.

Robert Snodgrass’ free-kick edged them in front, before Leroy Fer poked home in stoppage time to wrap up the points.

Hughton said after the final whistle: “It's a bit of relief. The level of performance has not been that bad. On the back of some difficult results against the Manchester clubs there was some nervousness.

"We told the players we have to build on this. We had a similar start last season. We beat Arsenal and that was a bit of spring for us to go on to better things and let's hope that this is the same.”

HAMMERS’ FORM…
W – 2-0 v Aston Villa (A) 08/02/2014 – Premier League
W – 2-0 v Swansea City (H) 01/02/2014 – Premier League
D – 0-0 v Chelsea (A) 29/01/2014 – Premier League
L – 0-3 v Manchester City (H) 21/01/2014 – Capital One Cup Semi Final Leg 2
L – 1-3 v Newcastle United (H) 18/01/2014 – Premier League

CANARIES’ FORM…
D – 0-0 v Manchester City (H) 08/02/2014 – Premier League
L – 1-2 v Cardiff City (A) 01/02/2014 – Premier League
D – 0-0 v Newcastle United (H) 28/01/2014 – Premier League
W – 1-0 v Hull City (H) 18/01/2014 – Premier League
L – 0-3 v Fulham (A) 14/01/2014 – FA Cup Third Round Replay



LAST WEST HAM UNITED XI (4-5-1 v Aston Villa)…

Adrian; Guy Demel, James Tomkins, James Collins, George McCartney; Mark Noble, Matthew Taylor; Stewart Downing, Kevin Nolan (c), Matthew Jarvis; Carlton Cole.

LAST NORWICH CITY XI (4-4-1-1 v Manchester City)…
John Ruddy; Russell Martin, Joseph Yobo, Sebastien Bassong (c), Martin Olsson; Nathan Redmond, Alex Tettey, Bradley Johnson, Anthony Pilkington; Leroy Fer; Gary Hooper.

REFEREE – Michael Oliver…
Tuesday night’s match represents the third time Northumberland official Michael Oliver will have taken charge of a Norwich City match this season.

The previous two were both at Carrow Road – against Everton on the opening day of the season back in August, and in the 1-1 draw with Swansea City on December 15.

Most recently, Oliver refereed Liverpool’s emphatic 5-1 win over Arsenal at Anfield last Saturday, a game in which he awarded three yellow cards.

In his 24 matches in all competitions this season, he has given out 91 yellow cards and three red cards, including the dismissal of West Ham captain Kevin Nolan against Liverpool in December.

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES…
Cardiff City v Aston Villa
Hull City v Southampton
WEST HAM UNITED v NORWICH CITY
West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea (20.00)
Arsenal v Manchester United (Wednesday, 19.45)
Everton v Crystal Palace (Wednesday, 19.45)
Manchester City v Sunderland (Wednesday, 19.45)
Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur (Wednesday, 19.45)
Stoke City v Swansea City (Wednesday, 19.45)
Fulham v Liverpool (Wednesday, 20.00)

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