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  • 15 September 2012
  • • 12:45
  • • Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk
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Norwich City - West Ham Preview: Hughton still searching for his first win in the Canaries hot-seat

Norwich City - West Ham Preview: Hughton still searching for his first win in the Canaries hot-seat

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Having recovered from the 5-0 opening day defeat at Fulham to pick up a couple of creditable draws, the new boss will be hoping to get his first win under his belt at Carrow Road

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

NORWICH CITY

Ruddy
Martin, Barnett, Bassong, Garrido

Snodgrass, Howson, Johnson, Pilkington
Jackson, Holt


WEST HAM UNITED


Jaaskelainen
Demel, Tomkins, Collins, McCartney

Vaz Te, Noble, Diame, Taylor
Nolan
 Cole


Winston Reid's jet lag after returning from international duty in New Zealand means that James Tomkins should start alongside James Collins in the centre of defence.

Matt Taylor's goal and assist in the 3-0 win over Fulham last game should be enough for him to keep his place in the team ahead of record signing Matt Jarvis, who has now returned from a thigh injury.

Meanwhile, George McCartney has recovered from the ankle injury that kept him out the Fulham game, and should start at left-back.

Andy Carroll's hamstring injury on his impressive debut means that Carlton Cole should make his 150th start for the club, despite competition from Modibo Maiga.

Jack Collison returned to training earlier this week after missing three months with a knee injury, but it is still too soon for him to play any part on Saturday.

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton has no fresh injury concerns following the international break, after all of his players returned unscathed.

Russell Martin is fit to start after withdrawing from the Scotland squad with an ankle injury but Elliott Bennett is still absent with a knee injury, and Steven Whittaker is yet to recover from an ankle injury sustained in pre-season.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Norwich have not beaten West Ham since 1994, when a Mark Robins goal gave them a 1-0 win at Carrow Road.
  • Five of the last six league meetings between the two sides have ended as draws.
  • The hosts have kept just one clean sheet in their last 17 Premier League games.
  • No team has had fewer shots on goal than the Canaries  in the league this season (34).
  • Hughton's men are the only Premier League team yet to pick up a booking.
  • West Ham picked up more points away from home than any other team in the Championship last season (45).
  • However, they have won none of their last 14 league trips to Carrow Road (W0 D6 L8), and have lost their last five Premier League games away from home
  • The Hammers committed more fouls than any other side in the opening three games (45).
  • Allardyce's men netted the highest number of goals from set pieces in the Championship last season (33) and three of their four goals this season have also come from dead balls.
  • Jussi Jaaskelainen (pictured, right) has made more saves than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League so far.

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Last Five Matches
Odds
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Available Squads
1John RuddyGoalkeeper
2Russell MartinDefender
5S. BassongDefender
18Javier GarridoDefender
20Leon BarnettDefender
4Bradley JohnsonMidfielder
23Robert SnodgrassMidfielder
8Jonny HowsonMidfielder
11Andrew SurmanMidfielder
9Grant HoltStriker
10K. JacksonMidfielder
13Declan RuddGoalkeeper
6Michael TurnerDefender
23Marc TierneyDefender
14Wesley HoolahanMidfielder
25David FoxMidfielder
20Steve MorisonStriker
37Harry KaneStriker
22Jussi JaaskelainenGoalkeeper
2Winston ReidDefender
17Joey O'BrienDefender
19James CollinsDefender
20Guy DemelDefender
4Kevin NolanMidfielder
7Matthew TaylorMidfielder
16Mark NobleMidfielder
21Mohamed DiameMidfielder
9Carlton ColeStriker
12Ricardo Vaz TeStriker
13Stephen HendersonGoalkeeper
3George McCartneyDefender
5James TomkinsDefender
7Matthew JarvisMidfielder
30Yossi BenayounMidfielder
23Alou DiarraMidfielder
11Modibo MaigaStriker
Players to Watch
Anthony Pilkington
Anthony Pilkington
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 12
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Irish winger was a revelation for The Canaries last season after Paul Lambert took a gamble in paying Huddersfield £2 million to bring him to the Premier League from League One. It paid off handsomely, as Pilkington hit eight goals in 30 league games to help his side overcome the odds and maintain their top-flight status. Although he is yet to hit the back of the net so far this campaign, his ability to provide goals from midfield could be crucial if Norwich are to avoid the dreaded 'second season syndrome' this year.
Kevin Nolan
Kevin Nolan
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 4
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
The former Bolton midfielder is a firm favourite of manager Sam Allardyce, and plays an integral role in the game plan set out by The Hammers boss. The Liverpudlian comes alive in the penalty area, as he demonstrated by scoring within a minute of kick-off in the win over Fulham. That strike was his second in just three games so far this season, and he looks well on his way to matching the return of 12 goals that helped his side to promotion last season. If he can replicate that form then the Londoners stand an excellent chance of staying up.
Prediction
Chris Hughton seems to have steadied the ship somewhat after getting off to the worst possible start with a 5-0 defeat at Fulham on the opening day. After drawing the next two league games, he will be eager to get a first win under his belt against potential fellow relegation candidates here. However, West Ham are a tough nut to crack under Sam Allardyce's firm hand, so they will probably have to make do with a seventh draw in eight games against The Hammers.
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