Another weekend, another relegation six pointer. This is becoming almost a weekly occurrence for both Chris Hughton and Pepe Mel’s men. As we enter the 32nd weekend of Premier League action we find two of the key figures in this season’s race for survival battling for stability live from Carrow road. Despite both teams entering the weekends fixture outside the relegation zone, there is no doubt that they will both have one eye firmly placed over their shoulder.
Perched in 15th we find the Canaries. Despite the men in yellow sitting six points off the drop zone Chris Hughton will no doubt be telling his men one important fact, “We are far from safe”. Despite the player’s gesture to reimburse any travelling fans admission for their 3-0 loss away at the hands of Swansea last weekend, the Norwich fans will be fully aware the gift of three points this Saturday will be allot more treasured. The team from Norfolk have only picked up 4 points out of a possible 15, a more worrying stat for the Canaries is the fact that they have conceded 12 goals in their last 5 outings. Norwich will also be aware that after next weeks trip to Craven Cottage they face a battle against 4 teams in the hunt for Champions League football. In Norwich’s final 4 matches they will be entertaining Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.
Coming off the back of a dramatic 3-3 draw and a changing room bust up we find West Brom. With news breaking that a changing room brawl lead to 20-year-old striker Saido Berahino picking up a head injury at the hands of teammate James Morrison, this is the last thing Pepe Mel would have wanted. The Spanish manger sees his West Brom side sat 17th in the table, only three points off the relegation zone. During there last 5 outings the Baggies have picked up 5 points out of a possible 15, conceding 10 goals on the way. In West Brom’s campaign for survival they will face Tottenham, Manchester City, West Ham, Arsenal, Sunderland and Stoke in their final six matches of the season.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3PM
PREVIOUS THREE MEETINGS
07/12/13 – West Brom 0 Norwich 2 (Hooper, Fer)
12/05/13 – Norwich 4 (Snodgrass, Holt, McAuley OG, Howson) West Brom 0
22/12/12 – West Brom 2 (Gera, Lukaku) Norwich 1 (Snodgrass)
Norwich - 1.4
Draw – 2.4
West Brom win – 1.8
TV: Highlights of this match can be seen on BBC’1 Match of the Day live from 10.25pm