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OUR PREMIER LEAGUE OPPONENTS: PART FOUR

18 June 2015

In-focus: our top flight rivals in 2015-16

WITH the 2015-16 Barclays Premier League fixtures released this week, we profile the teams Norwich City will face over the course of the season. After Parts One, Two & Three, here's the final Part Four.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
 

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino 
Home: White Hart Lane
2014-15: 5th
Twitter: @SpursOfficial

Fact
: Harry Kane played five games for City during a short loan spell in 2012-13.

Spurs will be aiming to qualify for the Champions' League in Mauricio Pochettino's second season as manager.

A solid campaign in 2014-15, defined by the meteoric rise of young England striker Harry Kane, got the former Southampton boss' reign at White Hart Lane off to a promising start.


Pochettino will, however, look to tighten a leaky defence that conceded two more goals in the league than relegated Hull City, but Spurs were the highest scorers outside the top four.

They will be hosting the Canaries for the traditional festive fixture on Boxing Day.

WATFORD
 
Manager: Quique Sanchez Flores
Home: Vicarage Road
2014-15: 2nd (Sky Bet Championship)
Twitter: @WatfordFC

Fact
: Norwich beat the Hornets 3-0 both at home and away in the Sky Bet Championship last season.

Watford may have had five different men in charge of the team in the last 12 months, but it's their on-field success that has generated the most headlines.

Promotion from the Sky Bet Championship was secured under the guidance of Slavisa Jokanovic - the fourth manager to take charge of a league game for the Hornets in 2014-15.


Jokanovic has since been replaced by ex-Valencia and Atletico Madrid boss Quique Sanchez Flores ahead of the campaign, but the bulk of the promotion-winning squad will remain at Vicarage Road.

With a goalscoring tally second only to champions Bournemouth last term, they will hope to have the firepower needed to keep their heads safely above water in the Premier League.

  WEST BROMWICH ALBION
 
Manager: Tony Pulis
Home: The Hawthorns
2014-15: 13th
Twitter: @WBAFCofficial

Fact
: Canaries midfielder Graham Dorrans played 189 games for Albion between 2008 and 2015.

Tony Pulis was West Bromwich Albion's saviour last season after Alan Irvine's unsuccessful tenure as Head Coach.

Pulis, who performed a similar rescue job at Crystal Palace in 2013-14, steadily steered the club away from relegation trouble after replacing Irvine on New Year's Day.


Darren Fletcher proved a key acquisition in Albion's rejuvenation, while record-signing Brown Ideye improved his form to gel effectively with the talented Saido Berahino in attack.

The Baggies have been strongly linked with a number of fresh faces so far this summer as Pulis looks to shape his squad for his first full campaign in charge.

WEST HAM UNITED

Manager: Slaven Bilic
Home: Boleyn Ground
2014-15: 12th
Twitter: @whufc_official

Fact
: 2015-16 will be West Ham's final season at the Boleyn Ground, their home since 1904. The Hammers will occupy the Olympic Stadium from next summer.

Replicating their headline-grabbing results from the first half of last season will be West Ham's hope for this term.

The Hammers' 2-0 win over Leicester City in December left them in a top-four position in the Premier League at Christmas, but their form faltered after the turn of the year before they eventually finished 12th.


After parting company with Sam Allardyce, ex-player Slaven Bilic was named as the east London club's new manager in June, his first coaching job in England after spells in Russia and Turkey.

City played West Ham in the first ever competitive match at Carrow Road 80 years ago, with that historic date being marked by a friendly between the two teams on Tuesday, July 28.

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