Norwich City is not yet safe from relegation being only six points off the drop zone when they host league stragglers West Brom. Norwich sit in 15th managing to collect only seven points from their last six games with all seven points coming from three home games. However, Chris Hughton has lost three of his last three away games, so he needs to keep his home form going by targeting another three points this weekend. The manager could possibly make only one change with Jospeh Yobo, who recently came back from an injury replacing Ryan Bennet in central defense. Leroy Fer, who has been a season regular has missed his last five games out with an injury as Chris Hughton looks to use his usual 4-4-2 formation hoping to bounce back from their recent 3-0 lost last weekend.
West Bromwich Albion (4-2-3-1): Foster, Reid, McAuley, Dawson, Ridgewell, Mulumbu, Morrison, Amalfitano, Sessegnon, Dorrans, Anichebe
West Bromwich Albion will need to collect as many points as possible because they are just three points above the drop zone with the season slowing winding down. Pepe Mel has collected six points from six games, registering them from a win and three draws. Sitting in 17th place, anything can happen as his team travel to face Norwich with the game looking to be a close match up between the two. The West Brom manager is looking to be aided with the return of Victor Anichebe who is current nursing a hamstring injury, meaning Matej Vydra, who started last weekend could possibly be dropped. Apart from that, Pepe Mel looks to use the same set of players who managed to get only a point from the dramatic 3-3 encounter with Cardiff City. The Baggies will also be without the services of three of their usual players, Chris Brunt, Claudio Yacob, and Billy Jones.
@GavSpens6 West Brom can be caught and Norwich will be lucky to win another game all season if you look at their run in
— Ross Gregory (@rossgregory9) March 31, 2014
@danc2181 West Brom and Norwich aren’t safe, but it shouldn’t take much.
— Rory Smith (@RorySmithTimes) March 31, 2014
@LukeLessUnited West Brom to get relegated, not Norwich in my opinion.
— Shrinand (@ManUtdFanboy) March 31, 2014
Norwich City hosted West Bromwich Albion last season and back then, Norwich didn’t disappoint. The home side came out 4-0 winners against West Brom as this weekend’s encounter should be no different with both team needing victories to ensure their safety.
Robert Snodgrass has managed to bag himself two goals from his last three games as a wide midfielder so his next match against a struggling West Brom side, should give him more freedom to attack hoping for even more goals. A regular feature for Norwich, he could be one of the many people who could lift the club into safety.
Norwich City vs. West Bromwich Albion: An Alternative Preview
The Canaries have seen the joint-most opposition players sent off this season (6) along with Hull City.
West Brom have won three of their last four league trips to Carrow Road, but lost in the Barclays Premier League there last season 0-4 (W3 L1).
West Brom have had 17 different players score for them in the Premier League, more than any other team in the top division.
West Brom have scored more goals via substitutes than any other player in the Premier League (11).
The Baggies have gone 11 Premier League games without a clean sheet; only Fulham (14) have mustered a longer run without a shut out this season.
35% of the goals Norwich City have scored have come from outside the box; a higher proportion than any other Premier League side (9 of 26).
West Brom have drawn more Premier League games than any other side in the Premier League this season (14) and also won the fewest (5).
West Brom have conceded the second highest proportion of first half goals (54.2%) behind local rivals Aston Villa (54.4%).
Only Crystal Palace (20) have scored fewer goals than Norwich City (26) this season and the Canaries also have the second worst conversion rate (9%) behind the Londoners (7.5%).
Norwich City are unbeaten in their last six Premier League home games (W3 D3), keeping five clean sheets and conceding just one goal in that run.