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Premier League

  • 14 January 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: M. Dean
  • • Attendance: 22474

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



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


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.

  • 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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1Ben FosterGoalkeeper
36Gonzalo JaraDefender
20Nicky ShoreyDefender
23Gareth McAuleyDefender
25Craig DawsonDefender
7James MorrisonMidfielder
14Jerome ThomasMidfielder
21Youssouf MulumbuMidfielder
33Paul ScharnerMidfielder
9Peter OdemwingieStriker
-Simon CoxStriker
12Márton FülöpGoalkeeper
-Sebastien Gabriel TamaşDefender
-Joseph MattockDefender
17Graham DorransMidfielder
29George ThorneMidfielder
24Shane LongStriker
28Marc-Antoine FortuneStriker
1John RuddyGoalkeeper
2Russell MartinDefender
6Zak WhitbreadDefender
16Kyle NaughtonDefender
40Daniel AyalaDefender
4Bradley JohnsonMidfielder
11Andrew SurmanMidfielder
12Anthony PilkingtonMidfielder
14Wesley HoolahanMidfielder
5Steve MorisonStriker
10K. JacksonMidfielder
31Jed SteerGoalkeeper
3Adam DruryDefender
-Andrew CroftsMidfielder
15David FoxMidfielder
17Elliott BennettMidfielder
9Grant HoltStriker
18Aaron WilbrahamStriker
Players to Watch
Peter Odemwingie
Peter Odemwingie
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
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.
Grant Holt
Grant Holt
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
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.
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