More woe in store for Norwich when West Ham visit Carrow Road
Norwich’s sieve-like defence shipped 11 goals in a week recently against the Manchester clubs and their expensively-assembled strikeforce has yet to show signs of life.
Chris Hughton cuts a weary figure on the sidelines, with his side currently nestled in the relegation zone after picking up just eight points from their first 10 Premier League games.
A home fixture against West Ham offers some hope of a first win in front of their own fans since August, but Sam Allardyce’s outfit have improved markedly on the road since the end of last season and can feed the Carrow Road catcalls for Hughton’s head with a low-scoring victory.
West Ham to win @ 9/5
The east Londoners finished last season in a respectable 10th place despite winning two fewer games away from home than relegated Wigan.
West Ham’s solid form at Upton Park last term propelled them into the top half, but they have been much better on the road this season and have only lost one of their six away games in all competitions.
Allardyce oversaw the Irons’ first win at White Hart Lane for 13 years last month and made short work of Championship-leaders Burnley in the Capital One Cup at Turf Moor.
Against a Norwich side that have won just once in front of their disgruntled home fans in the top flight this season, the Hammers are a great price to win again.
Ravel Morrison to score at any time @ 11/4
The former Manchester United youth is due a goal after failing to find the net in any of his last three appearances.
Morrison is the Hammers’ joint-top scorer this season alongside Ricardo Vaz Te, with four goals in all competitions.
Vaz Te will not feature against Norwich as he has a dislocated shoulder and none of West Ham’s other forwards have managed even a single goal so far this term.
Midfield maestro Morrison is therefore the logical choice to net against Chris Hughton’s men and if his performance and goal in the Irons’ 3-0 win at Spurs are anything to go by, Norwich centre-halves Sebastian Bassong and Michael Turner could be in for an uncomfortable 90 minutes here.
Under 2.5 goals in the match @ 7/10
Two goals or less in this fixture may seem a little low at first glance, as Norwich have conceded three or more in three of their last four Premier League games including seven at Man City recently.
However, the top flight’s joint-lowest scorers are facing a West Ham strikeforce that have only managed two more than them this term.
The Canaries’ last home game ended without either net being bulged, as have West Ham’s last two Premier League matches.
With two eminently resistible forces set to clash in East Anglia, this could be one for the purists and the visitors are taken to just about sneak their third league win of the season.