West Bromwich Albion vs. Norwich City  2 - 1


Premier League preview: West Bromwich Albion v Norwich City

20 December 2012 15:44

West Bromwich Albion will be hoping they can halt their poor run of form when they host a red-hot Norwich City on Saturday.

The Hawthorns club were as high as third in November, but have picked up just one point out of a possible 12 recently - failing to score in their past three Premier League clashes.

Conversely, Chris Hughton's Norwich are in the middle of a hot streak, winning their past three and putting eight goals into the back of the net in the process, and unbeaten in 10 matches.

West Brom's Youssuf Mulumbu will miss due to suspension, though goalkeeper Ben Foster (groin), defender Liam Ridgewell (knock) and midfielder Claudio Yacob (hamstring) are all due to come back into the matchday squad for manager Steve Clarke.

Midfielder James Morrison is expecting Norwich to try and quieten the hosts up front on Saturday.

"West Ham came with a game plan on Sunday and frustrated us. They probably looked at the Stoke game and how they played against us and frustrated us," Morrison said.

"But we dealt with their threat goings forwards and if one chance had dropped to us, it would have been a different story.

"If that's the way teams play, it's difficult. They cause threats by doing it so credit to them, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

"They have got big players all over the pitch but we've got to stand up to it and play our normal game."

For Norwich, star striker Grant Holt is in doubt after picking up a hamstring complaint in their win over Wigan Athletic - a game he was substituted from late on.

Holt has started in each of the side's matches on their current streak, and Hughton admitted the Englishman's withdrawal against Wigan was 'a concern'.

Harry Kane (foot) returned from injury in the club's development side in midweek, scoring a brace, but Hughton has said he does not want to rush the Tottenham loanee into the first team.

Goalkeeper John Ruddy (hip) remains out long term, while midfielder Andrew Surman (knee) could be close to a return after battling a niggling knee complaint.

If recent head-to-head history between the two sides is anything to go by, the away side should win - as they have for the past four encounters.

The two most recent encounters were also played at the Hawthorns, with Norwich 2-1 winners in both the FA Cup and Premier League in January.

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +43 89
2 38 +32 78
3 38 +36 75
4 38 +35 73
5 38 +20 72
6 38 +15 63
7 38 +28 61
8 38 -4 49
9 38 -4 46
10 38 -8 46
11 38 -17 44
12 38 -10 43
13 38 -11 42
14 38 -11 41
15 38 -22 41
16 38 -23 41
17 38 -13 39
18 38 -26 36
19 38 -30 28
20 38 -30 25
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