Premier League: West Ham v Norwich match preview
A look ahead to this week's Premier League fixture at Upton Park
Monday 31 December 2012
This game at Upton Park will be contested by two sides who, following surprisingly long spells in the top half of the Premier League table, have since fallen victim to inconsistency and underperformance.
West Ham come into the fixture after gaining only one point from their previous four matches, a stalemate at home against West Brom, whilst Norwich will be hoping to end a run of three consecutive losses in which they have conceded seven goals.
Norwich captain Grant Holt, kept out of his side's games against Chelsea and Manchester City after a minor hamstring injury, could return. Andy Carroll, though, will not resume training soon enough to be match-fit for West Ham, joining sidelined team-mates George McCartney and Mohamed Diame.
KICK-OFF: Tuesday, 3pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS...
Norwich 0 West Ham 0, Premier League, September 2012
Norwich 1 (McVeigh) West Ham 2 (Mullins, Zamora), FA Cup, January 2006
West Ham 1 (Harewood) Norwich 0, FA Cup, January 2005
This will be the 48th meeting between both sides, and the first at Upton Park in eight years. Norwich's most recent victory over the Hammers came in 1994.
Norwich have scored from four free-kick this season, more than any other team, but are without a clean sheet in eight games.
West Ham have scored the least amount of away goals in the league (five), but fare better at Upton Park, netting 17.
West Ham have gone four Premier League games without a win, compared to Norwich's three.
West Ham to win: 2.06
Norwich to win: 3.85
TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.25pm
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