West Ham will hope to earn crucial three points when The Hammers head to face rock-bottom Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday, 11 July 2020.
Norwich City look doomed yet the Canaries will be keen to defend their honor in the closing weeks of the season, having lost their last six Premier League games.
When both sides last met on 31 August 2019, Sebastien Haller and Andriy Yarmolenko scored the goals for West Ham's 2-0 victory at the London Stadium in their first meeting since the 2015-16 Premier League season, when both games ended in 2-2 draws.
Norwich City Betting Preview
Daniel Farke's side constantly find themselves in the relegation zone since matchday 8 (5 October 2019) and are bottom of the table since Boxing Day, so we cannot say that their relegation is not anticipated.
The Canaries are now 10 points behind their current opponents and will be relegated if they lose to West Ham on Saturday, but the spirit at Carrow Road has already disappeared and even manager Daniel Farke has admitted that any talk of them staying up was “unrealistic” after last weekend's 1-0 home defeat to Brighton.
Norwich City have lost six consecutive league games for the first time since May 1995, when they lost seven in a row in the Premier League and guess what… they finished 20th and relegated to the former First Division (current Championship) where they've spent nine successive years until they earned promotion again in 2004.
Talismanic forward Teemu Pukki (11 goals in 33 Premier League appearances) is yet to score since January, when the Finland international scored in Norwich City's 2-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.
Emiliano Buendia's strike against Watford in midweek (his first goal of the season) ended a poor run of seven hours and 53 minutes without a Premier League goal for the Canaries – their first one since the 1-0 home victory over Leicester City on 28 February. Buendia's effort gave Norwich an early lead before Craig Dawson restored parity with a close-range header, while Danny Welbeck's overhead kick sealed Watford's comeback.
Norwich, City though, had a late chance to score an equalizer, but 19-year-old Adam Idah shot wide from five yards out when sliding in at the back post.
Daniel Farke's side were admired for their style since winning promotion from the Championship last season and even claimed some remarkable results earlier this season, including victories over Manchester City, Everton and Leicester City, as well as draws with Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.
Norwich City may have the worst attacking record (scoring just 26 goals so far) but the key reason they look destined for a rapid return to the Championship has clearly been their awful defensive record – they have now conceded more goals than any other side in the Premier League this season – 63 (before Aston Villa's match against Manchester United on Thursday).
Todd Cantwell (6 goals and 2 assists in 33 EPL appearances), who scored in Norwich City's 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Manchester United, is a doubt for the home side, while defenders Sam Byram, Grant Hanley, and Christoph Zimmermann as well as midfielder Moritz Leitner are all injured and will miss out.
West Ham United Betting Preview
David Moyes is yet to win a Premier League away game during his second spell at West Ham as the Hammers have lost six in a row until the 2-2 draw at Newcastle United last Sunday.
The draw at St. James' Park was followed by a disappointing defeat to Sean Dyche's Burnley, which was the second of three matches in seven days for the Hammers – a run of games Moyes bemoaned earlier this week and will not be any happier about after losing an encounter they dominated for large spells.
The East London outfit had 22 shots but only managed five on target, while Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio linked up well to put Burnley under pressure, which is one of the positives David Moyes can take.
And despite throwing bodies forward in an attempt to equalize, at least, the Hammers created little of note in the second half.
The 1-0 loss to The Clarets was West Ham's 19th Premier League defeat of the campaign – only in 2006-07 (21) and 2013-14 (20) have the Hammers suffered more defeats in a single Premier League season. However, they have not relegated in either – finishing 15th and 13th respectively.
West Ham's busy week will be wrapped up with a visit to rock-bottom Norwich on Saturday, when a victory at Carrow Road would not only boost their own survival hopes but would also confirm Norwich's relegation. Then, David Moyes' side will have six days to prepare for the upcoming home clash against Watord next Friday, so winning at Norwich is of crucial importance for their confidence.
All in all, West Ham's fate is in their own hands with home matches against fellow strugglers Watford and Aston Villa either side of a visit to Manchester United also on schedule.
Meanwhile, West Ham's top goalscorer Sebastien Haller recovered from a hip injury to earn his first appearance (coming off the bench) since the Premier League resumed and Burnley's goalkeeper Nick Pope turned Haller's effort (his first touch of the game) wide with his studs – a glorious opportunity. Nevertheless, Michail Antonio is expected to lead the line against Norwich but Haller will surely come on at some part of the game, especially if West Ham fail to take the lead.
Tomas Soucek should get another start in central midfield where captain Mark Noble is expected to return as well (he remained an unused substitute last time out).
Felipe Anderson and Robert Snodgrass are both ruled out for the Londoners, meaning that Jarrod Bowen and Andriy Yarmolenko, who scored the late winner in the 3-2 victory against Chelsea last week, will play on both flanks.
Winter signing Jarrod Bowen has been in impressive form of late as the 23-years-old Englishman recorded three assists in back-to-back matches against Chelsea and Newcastle United.
Possible Starting Lineups of Norwich City and West Ham United
Norwich City: Tim Krul – Max Aarons, Timm Klose, Ben Godfrey, Jamal Lewis – Mario Vrancic, Kenny McLean – Emiliano Buendia, Marco Stiepermann, Onel Hernandez – Teemu Pukki. (4-2-3-1)
West Ham United: Lukasz Fabianski – Aaron Cresswell, Angelo Ogbonna, Issa Diop, Ryan Fredericks – Mark Noble, Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek – Jarrod Bowen, Michail Antonio, Andriy Yarmolenko. (4-3-3)
Spooky Express Betting Prediction
The Canaries are priced at +245 to win and The Hammers are at +105. The draw is available at +240 with BetOnline.
Being in the drop zone for so many weeks, losing eight of their last 9 Premier League games and scoring in just two of them, is definitely a form of a side that is already resigned to its future and we can hardly find a more winnable opposition if West Ham want to boost their chances before the head-to-head games with other relegation-threatened sides.
West Ham, on the other hand, cannot boast a much better form, having won just two of their last 14 Premier League matches – losing 9 of them. However, they have not lost as many as Norwich throughout the campaign and that's the reason why the Hammers find themselves in a much better position to possibly avoid relegation.
West Ham's victory over London rivals Chelsea is what could inspire optimism among the away side and their fans, so we believe that David Moyes' men will finally win an away game in the Premier League.