The Hammers pulled themselves out of the regulation zone with a well deserved 2-0 away win against Aston Villa and now have the chance (if results go their way) to jump to mid-table. Kevin Nolan scored a second consecutive brace, but limped off and is a doubt for this fixture. Depending on Sam Allardyce’s tactics, either Joe Cole or Antonio Nocerino could replace the in-form midfielder. Up front it’s a toss up between Carlton Cole and Marco Borriello, who had 45 minutes each last time out.
Norwich City (4-5-1): Ruddy, Martin, Yobo, Bassong, Olsson, Pilkington, Fer, Johnson, Tettey, Redmond, Hooper
Their 0-0 draw against Manchester City undoubtedly felt more like a win, and the Canaries will head to Upton Park confident after keeping the Citizens at bay. They could name an unchanged lineup, with Robert Snodgrass and Jonas Gutiérrez still out with minor knocks. Snodgrass could, however, recover in time for the trip.
— Kevin Barr (@kevinbarrmusic) February 11, 2014
— #SPURSLOL (@Shaunhoodwtfc) February 11, 2014
Everyone put money on Norwich tonight….. I’m going West Ham and still haven’t seen them win a game this season…..
— Wilson (@WilsonNotLuke) February 11, 2014
You’re a happy West Ham fan when you’re singing “We’re forever blowing bubbles” and a minute later Mark Noble scores a penalty.
West Ham have been defensively sound of late, managing three clean sheets in their last three games and a big part of that was James Collins.
West Ham United vs. Norwich City: An Alternative Preview
West Ham have not won back to back Barclays Premier League home games in the same season since September 2012.
Norwich have won just one of their last nine Premier League away matches (W1 D2 L6).
In the last 10 Premier League games at the Boleyn Ground, West Ham have either kept a clean sheet (four times) or conceded exactly three goals (six times).
Sam Allardyce’s side have won just two of their last 11 Premier League matches at the Boleyn Ground (W2 D3 L6).
The Hammers have won three and lost none (D3) of their last six competitive home games against Norwich City.
This game will see the meeting of the two sides with the lowest number of goals scored from set-piece situations this season – Norwich (4) and West Ham (5).
The Hammers have scored just three goals following a cross this season in the Premier League - fewer than any other team.
Norwich are the only side yet to see a substitute score for them this season in the Premier League.
In fact, Norwich City are yet to see any of the 60 substitutes that Chris Hughton has made this season in the Premier League score or assist a single goal.
Kevin Nolan has scored five goals and assisted two more in his last five Premier League appearances.