NORWICH CITY v WEST HAM UNITED
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
SATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2012
KICK-OFF: 12.45PM
REFEREE: ANTHONY TAYLOR

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Introduction

• West Ham United travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich City tomorrow in their fourth Barclays Premier League game of the 2012/13 season.

• Saturday's clash at Norwich City is the Hammers' third consecutive 12.45pm kick-off, after facing Swansea City and Fulham at the same time in their previous two games.

• Yossi Benayoun could make his second Hammers 'debut' after joining on loan from Chelsea on deadline day.

• Winger Matt Jarvis could also start after recovering from a slight groin injury. If he does, he would emulate namesake Rossi Jarvis, who started for Norwich City in the most-recent meeting between the two clubs in the FA Cup third round in January 2006.

The Hammers go into their third consecutive lunchtime league kick-off knowing victory would take them up to second in the table. An unlikely six-goal triumph would take Sam Allardyce's side above Chelsea to the top of the tree, but let's not get carried away.

West Ham United have taken six points from a possible nine and start the weekend in seventh position. However, Big Sam's men were beaten in their only previous away fixture, 3-0 at Swansea City on 25 August. That defeat was the Hammers' first on the road since 31 January.

Norwich City have taken two points from three matches to start the weekend in 15th. However, two of those games have been on the road at Fulham (0-5) and Tottenham Hotspur (1-1). The Canaries drew 1-1 at home with Queens Park Rangers in their only previous league game at Carrow Road this term.

It is nearly seven years since West Ham United's last trip to Norfolk, when Hayden Mullins and Bobby Zamora netted in a 2-1 FA Cup third-round victory on 7 January 2006. League-wise, the Hammers drew 1-1 at Carrow Road in the Championship on 21 February 2004, with Marlon Harewood scoring and Matty Etherington being sent-off.

• West Ham United's clash with Norwich City is one of eight Barclays Premier League games on Saturday, the others are as follows: (Kick-off 3pm unless stated) Arsenal v Southampton, Aston Villa v Swansea City, Fulham v West Bromwich Albion, Manchester United v Wigan, Queens Park Rangers v Chelsea, Stoke City v Manchester City and Sunderland v Liverpool (5.30pm).


Last time out

Saturday 1 September 2012
Barclays Premier League
West Ham United 3-0 Fulham
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Reid, O'Brien, Collins (Tomkins 67), Demel (Hall 78), Nolan, Taylor, Noble, Diame, Carroll (Cole 68), Vaz Te
Subs not used: Henderson, Diarra, O'Neil, Maiga
Goals: Nolan 1, Reid 29, Taylor 41

Saturday 1 September 2012
Barclays Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Norwich City
Norwich City: Ruddy, Martin, Bassong, Garrido, Barnett, Johnson, Howson, Pilkington, Snodgrass, Holt, Jackson (Morison 73)
Subs not used: Rudd, Turner, Tierney, Surman, Hoolahan, Tettey
Goals: Snodgrass 85


Previous meeting

• Hayden Mullins and Bobby Zamora scored the goals that gave West Ham United a 2-1 win over Norwich City the last time the sides met in the FA Cup on 7 January 2006. Mullins opened the scoring after just six minutes when his shot deflected in off the post and the Hammers doubled their advantage after 57 minutes when Robert Green's mistake allowed Zamora to score. Paul McVeigh pulled one back from the penalty spot after James Collins handled the ball but the Hammers held on to end Norwich's FA Cup dreams for the second consecutive season. The lineups that day were:

Norwich City: Green (Ward 89), Jarrett (Spillane 87), Fleming (Cave-Brown, 90), Doherty, Drury, Henderson, Etuhu, Charlton, Jarvis, Thorne, McVeigh

West Ham United: Hislop, Repka, Gabbidon, Collins, Konchesky, Newton, Mullins (Fletcher 68), Reo-Coker, Etherington (Dailly 79), Harewood, Zamora (Katan 81)


Background

• West Ham United have officially faced Norwich City 46 times, winning 17, losing 15 and with 14 matches ending in draws.

• The first meeting between the two sides came on 6 October 1934, with John James Foreman and Hugh Mills scoring in a 2-1 West Ham United win at Carrow Road.

• Norwich City have yet to pick up a win in the Barclays Premier League under new boss Chris Hughton, having lost on the opening day and drawn their previous two games.

• Norwich City have not lost in any of their last 14 league games at home against West Ham United dating back to 10 February 1973, when Bryan 'Pop' Robson scored the only goal in a 1-0 Hammers victory.


Last six meetings

(Premier League unless stated)

7 January 2006 FA Cup third round Norwich City 1-2 West Ham United
8 January 2005 FA Cup third round West Ham United 1-0 Norwich City
21 February 2004 Division One Norwich City 1-1 West Ham United
15 October 2003 Division One West Ham United 1-1Norwich City
11 March 1995 West Ham United 2-2 Norwich City
27 August 1994 Norwich City 1-0 West Ham United

Overall record v Norwich City (all competitions) W 17 D 14 L 15


Ten-year record


West Ham United

2011/12 Championship 3rd (86 points - promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2010/11 Premier League 20th (33 points)
2009/10 Premier League 17th (35 points)
2008/09 Premier League 9th (51 points)
2007/08 Premier League 10th (49 points)
2006/07 Premier League 15th (41 points)
2005/06 Premier League 9th (55 points)
2004/05 Championship 6th (73 points - promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2003/04 Championship 4th (74 points)
2002/03 Premier League 18th (42 points - relegated)
2001/02 Premier League 7th (53 points)

Norwich City

2011/12 Premier League 12th (47 points)
2010/11 Championship 2nd (84 points - promoted to Premier League )
2009/10 League One 1st (95 points - promoted to Championship)
2008/09 Championship 22nd (46 points - relegated to League One)
2007/08 Championship 17th (55 points)
2006/07 Championship 16th (57 points)
2005/06 Championship 9th (62 points)
2004/05 Premier League 19th (33 points - relegated to Championship)
2003/04 Championship 1st (94 points - promoted to Premier League)
2002/03 Championship 8th (69 points)
2001/02 Championship 6th (75 points)


Referee

• Saturday afternoon's referee will be Chris Foy.

• Foy refereed West Ham United twice last season, in the Hammers' 2-0 npower Championship away win at Cardiff City at the beginning of March and the defeat at the Boleyn Ground to Reading at the end of March.

• Previous to that, Foy was referee when the Hammers lost 1-0 at home to Birmingham City in the Premier League on 6 February 2011. Prior to that, he had taken charge of the 2-1 loss at home to Newcastle United on 23 October 2010 and the 3-1 defeat by Chelsea at the Boleyn Ground on 11 September 2010.

• Foy has been a Barclays Premier League referee since 2001, having originally made the Select Group list of assistant referees in 1995.

• In 2007, Foy took charge of the FA Trophy final at Wembley, before returning to the Home of Football a year later to act as fourth official for Portsmouth's FA Cup final victory over Cardiff.

• In 2009, he was back at Wembley to take charge of the League Cup final and Community Shield, while Portsmouth were in action again as Foy refereed the 2010 FA Cup final, which Pompey lost to Chelsea.

• Foy will be assisted by Simon Bennett and Richard West. The fourth official will be Mick Russell.

Team news

• Jack Collison is unlikely to play after missing the start of the season as he continues to manage his long-term knee issues.

• Andy Carroll will also be missing after suffering a hamstring injury on his debut against Fulham on Saturday 1 September. In Carroll's absence both Carlton Cole and Modibo Maiga are vying for a starting spot, as is Alou Diarra who is yet to make Premier League start.

• George McCartney and Matt Jarvis are also pushing for a place after returning to training, as is Yossi Benayoun who could make his second Hammers debut.

Elliott Bennett (knee) and new arrival Steven Whittaker (ankle) are both injured, while Elliott Ward, who won the Championship Play-Offs with West Ham in 2005, has been left out of the Canaries' 25-man Barclays Premier League squad.

Old boys

• Norwich City manager Chris Hughton played for West Ham United 43 times between 1990 and 1992, winning promotion from the old Division Two in 1990/91.

• Norwich City defender Elliot Ward came through the ranks at West Ham United, playing for the youth team before breaking into the first team in August 2003. He made 18 appearances for the first team and formed a terrific partnership with Anton Ferdinand during the 2004/05 season that saw the club win promotion to the Premier League via the Play-Offs. Ward joined Norwich in 2010 and has passed 50 appeared appearances for the Canaries.

General Information

• The weather forecast for Saturday is mainly dry with bright spells and broken cloud with temperatures reaching highs of 18C (65F).

Greater Anglia rail services from London Liverpool Street to Norwich will be subject to engineering works that will extend journey times. Due to overhead line renewal work taking place between Witham and Shenfield, mainline services from Norwich/Ipswich/Clacton/Colchester/Braintree will terminate at Witham and will connect into a replacement bus service to Billericay. At Billericay buses will connect into Southend Victoria services to Liverpool Street. A shuttle bus service will operate between Ingatestone and Shenfield for Ingatestone passengers only. For full information and timetables, click here.

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