Norwich v West Brom – Match Preview

Both Norwich and West Brom are yet to pick up their first three points of the season and you can expect a rip-roaring encounter at Carrow Road as both sides try to launch their season.

Roy Hodgson’s Baggies have somehow managed to lose all three of their opening games despite playing quite well on each occasion but Sunday presents a game that West Brom will hope to win. Norwich on the other hand know just how important securing home wins is if they are to stand a chance of survival come May next year. They were seconds away from their first win when they conceded in the last minute against Stoke and their fans will be hoping for a similar performance this weekend but with a much-needed victory at the end.

Paul Lambert has been using rotation of his squad to good effect, changing tactics if and when he sees fit. However first-choice goalkeeper John Ruddy is suspended after his red-card against Chelsea so Declan Rudd will start in his place while Zak Whitbread and Daniel Ayala are ruled out so Lambert may be forced into more changes in defence.

Roy Hodgson kept an unchanged eleven for the visit of Stoke City but they managed to lose 1-0 thanks to a late Stoke goal. Peter Odemwingie could again miss out after suffering a recurrence of the ankle injury from last year while fellow forward Shane Long is also a doubt with a calf strain. Zoltan Gera will make his long-awaited return from injury and his first appearance since re-joining the Baggies in the summmer.

West Brom started the season against the top two sides in the Premier League which was always going to be a tough ask but Hodgson will be disappointed with the loss against Stoke and he will want to make amends away at Norwich.

Both teams like to play attractive football and it should be an entertaining game to watch. I think that West Brom will bounce back from their defeat against Stoke with a narrow victory but it all depends on which of their strikers are fit enough to start the game and who starts for Norwich in defence.

Key Player

Grant Holt – Great performances against Stoke and Chelsea proved to everyone that Holt can hold his own in the Premier League. The same against the Baggies could guarantee the Canaries their first three points of the campaign.

Youssouf Mulumbu – The unsung hero of West Brom’s side who makes the team tick and still creates opportunities for their striker. He will play a big part in keeping the dangerous Norwich players quiet.

Verdict: 1-2

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