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  • 14 January 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: M. Dean
  • • Attendance: 22474
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West Brom - Norwich City Preview: Hosts have worst home scoring record in England & face side unbeaten in three away games

The Baggies hit four past Cardiff last weekend but will need to carry that form against the visitors having scored just seven times in the league at the Hawthorns all season


PROBABLE LINEUPS

WEST BROM

Foster
Jones, McAuley, Dawson, Shorey
Morrison, Mulumbu, Scharner, Thomas
Odemwingie, Cox

NORWICH

Ruddy
Naughton, Ayala, Whitbread, Drury
Crofts, Hoolahan, Fox, Surman
Holt, Jackson


West Brom are hopeful that six first-team players could be available for the match: Youssouf Mulumbu (groin), Paul Scharner (Achilles), Shane Long (back), Jonas Olsson (calf), Jerome Thomas (groin) and Gareth McAuley (calf) will all be in contention having returned to training.

New signing Scott Allan should also be available having completed his move from Dundee United but Chris Brunt, Zoltan Gera and Steven Reid are all out.

For Norwich, Paul Lambert has plenty of options in each position but is missing Paul Tierney and James Vaughan through injury.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • West Brom have scored the fewest home goals in league matches (seven) out of all 72 Football League sides, but hit four against Cardiff in the FA Cup.
  • They haven’t scored in their last three Premier League games.
  • They have won just two home matches in the league, against Wolves and Bolton.
  • Norwich are unbeaten in their last three away matches, gaining five points in the process.
  • The Canaries have scored in 17 out of 20 Premier League matches this season, but one of their blanks came in a 1-0 home loss to West Brom in September.
  • Norwich have not kept a single clean sheet in any competition from 22 matches.
  • Norwich's strikers have bagged 19 goals between them (16 in the league) whilst West Brom's have managed 17 with only nine coming in the league.
  • West Brom have won half of the two sides’ 22 meetings in league matches at the Hawthorns with Norwich having triumphed on five occasions, the last time being in 2006.
  • The Baggies have won the last four meetings between the sides.
  • These two sides will meet at the Hawthorns again in two weeks in the FA Cup.
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Players to watch

P. Odemwingie

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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With Shane Long and Chris Brunt injured and Jerome Thomas just returning, the pressure will be on last year’s top scorer to keep finding the back of the net after his goal against Cardiff at the weekend.

West Brom’s home form is surprisingly poor but against a Norwich side yet to keep a clean sheet this season there is a chance for Odemwingie to give the Baggies three points for just the third time at the Hawthorns.

G. Holt

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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There doesn’t seem to be any stopping Holt from scoring after his goal against Burnley last weekend. Whether as a super-sub with late strikes or as a starter, he seems to keep finding the net.

Editor's Prediction

West Brom are struggling for goals and have been hit with injuries to key players, leaving them vulnerable to a Norwich side still scoring plenty of goals and on a good run of form.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

West Bromwich Albion

Norwich City

Wins
2
0
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
West Bromwich Albion FC West Bromwich Albion
Draw
Norwich City FC NOR
Norwich City FC Norwich City
36%
26%
38%

Top 3 Predictions

West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
1 - 1
Norwich City FC NOR
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
1 - 2
Norwich City FC NOR
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
2 - 1
Norwich City FC NOR

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