Norwich City match preview





• West Ham United travel to Carrow Road on Saturday to face Norwich City in a Barclays Premier League clash that will be televised live on Sky Sports at 5.30pm.

• The Hammers head to Norfolk looking to extend their unbeaten run away from home to four games in all competitions after a recent draw with Swansea City and wins over Tottenham Hotspur in the league and Burnley in the Capital One Cup.

• Sam Allardyce's side have tasted defeat just once on their travels this season with the sole loss coming at the KC Stadium as Hull City's Robbie Brady scored the only goal of the game.

• Brady's penalty is the only goal which has been scored against West Ham in six away league and cup outings so far this season.

• That means Jussi Jasskelainen has conceded only once in over 450 minutes of the Hammers' away league matches.

• This has contributed to West Ham holding the equal third best defensive record in the Premier League going into Saturday's game against the team with the third worst defensive record.

• Norwich City come into the match on the back of a 7-0 defeat away to Manchester City which left them in 18th position, three places below the Hammers.

• Chris Hughton's team have conceded 20 goals in ten league matches so far with 14 of those coming in their last four games.

• They havr also been struggling at the other end where the Canaries have found the net just six times in the league, the joint worst record.

• Norwich have accumulated one home win from five league matches at Carrow Road this season and haven't taken three points there since a 1-0 win over Southampton on 31 August.

Team news

West Ham United

• Andy Carroll remains the Hammers only long-term injury absentee.

• Winston Reid has been ruled out with an ankle injury so James Collins will make his return from a hamstring injury in place of the New Zealander.

• Matt Taylor and Mladen Petric are both sidelined with calf injuries whilst George McCartney and Alou Diarra miss out having only recently returned to training.

Norwich City

• Alexander Tetty is definitely out of Saturday's clash after suffering ankle ligament damage against Cardiff City.

• Robert Snodgrass may return having missed the trip to Manchester City with concussion.

• Ricky van Wolfswinkel is also out of Saturday's game.


• West Ham United have faced Norwich City 48 times, winning 18 and losing 15, with 15 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 not lost in any of their last 16 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 time out

West Ham United 0-0 Aston Villa
Barclays Premier League
2 November 2013

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Reid, Tomkins, Rat (Diame 90), Collison (C.Cole 63), Noble, Morrison, Jarvis (J.Cole 62), Downing , Nolan
Subs not used: Adrian, O'Brien, Maiga, Potts

Manchester City 7-0 Norwich City
Barclays Premier League
2 November 2013

Norwich City: Ruddy, Martin, Turner, Bassong, Olsson; Whittaker (Murphy 45), Fer, Johnson, Pilkington; Howson; Hooper (Elmander 45)
Subs not used: Bunn, Hoolahan, Garrido, Becchio, R.Bennett.

Previous meeting

West Ham United 2-1 Norwich City
Barclays Premier League
1 January 2013

West Ham got 2013 off to the best possible start as goals from Mark Noble and Joey O'Brien secured a win over Norwich City at the Boleyn Ground. Noble scored from the penalty spot with just three minutes on the clock after Winston Reid was fouled in the box by Ryan Bennett. O'Brien then poked home after a Noble cut-back to double the advantage. Russell Martin pulled one back in the 90th minute but the Hammers held on for victory.

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Reid, Tomkins, O'Brien (O'Neil 71), Demel, Jarvis (Spence 85), Collison, Taylor, Noble, C.Cole, Vaz Te (Maiga 82)
Subs not used: Spiegel, Diarra, Lletget, Lee
Goals: Noble 3, O'Brien 26

Norwich City: Bunn, Martin, Bassong, Turner, R.Bennett, Snodgrass, Howson (Fox 83), Pilkington, Hoolahan (E.Bennett 70), Tettey, Kane (Jackson 70)
Subs not used: Rudd, Barnett, Tierney, Smith
Goals: Martin 90

Last six meetings
(Premier League unless stated)

1 January 2013 - West Ham United 2-1 Norwich City
15 September 2012 - Norwich City 0-0 West Ham United
7 January 2006 - Norwich City 1-2 West Ham United (FA Cup)
8 January 2005 - West Ham United 1-0 Norwich City (FA Cup)
21 February 2004 - Norwich City 1-1 West Ham United (Division One)
15 October 2003 - West Ham United 1-1 Norwich City (Division One)

Overall record v Norwich City (all competitions) W 18 D 15 L 15

Ten-year record

West Ham United

2012/13 Premier League 10th (46 points)
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)

Norwich City

2012/13 Premier League 11th (44 points)
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)

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.


• Saturdays referee will be Jonathan Moss.

• Moss was last in charge of the Hammers when West Ham suffered a 1-0 defeat at the Boleyn Ground to Stoke City earlier this season.

• In all, Moss showed 86 yellow cards; sent-off one player and awarded nine penalties in the 31 matches he took charge of last season.

• Headteacher Moss was promoted to the Select Group of Referees in June 2011.

• He took charge of the 2005 Conference Play-Off final between Carlisle United and Stevenage and was then promoted to the National Group of Referees.

• He will be assisted by Mike Mullarkey and Derek Eaton, while the fourth official will be Andy D'Urso.

General information

• Tickets for this match are sold out.

• There are several tube services experiencing planned part closures this weekend, including the District line and DLR. For more information click here.

• For updates on the Greater Anglia train service click here.

• The weather forecast for Saturday's match is cloudy with showers and the temperature is likely to be around 6C (43F).