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  • 22 December 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
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West Brom - Norwich Preview: Canaries looking for second away win of the season against faltering Baggies

Steve Clarke's side have won none of their last four league games and face a difficult task as they take on Chris Hughton’s 10-game unbeaten side amid a midfield injury crisis

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

WEST BROM

Myhill
Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Popov 
Dorrans, Morrison 
Odemwingie, Gera, Brunt
Long
NORWICH

Bunn
Whittaker, Bassong, Turner, Garrido
Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington
Hoolahan
Holt

West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster (groin) has recently returned to training but Boaz Myhill is expected to continue in goal, while Goran Popov could continue at left-back with Liam Ridgewell (ankle) doubtful. Defender Craig Dawson (eye) is still unavailable.

Steve Clarke is short in midfield, with Youssuf Mulumbu suspended for Saturday’s match, and the versatile Steven Reid (shin) also unlikely to be fit.

Claudio Yacob (hamstring) will miss the game, so Graham Dorrans could deputise alongside fellow Scot James Morrison.

Norwich see Mark Bunn continue in goal with John Ruddy (thigh) out until next year, while centre-back Ryan Bennett (knee) is still unavailable and midfielder Andrew Surman (knee) is doubtful.

Grant Holt (hamstring) could be replaced by Steve Morison in front of playmaker Wes Hoolahan if he fails to recover from a problem picked up last Saturday, but loanee Harry Kane (ankle) is short of match fitness following his return from injury.

  DID YOU KNOW?

  • West Brom have failed to score in their last three matches in the Premier League, losing three in a row before a scoreless draw at home to West Ham on Saturday.
  • The Baggies are, however, strong at home, having kept eight clean sheets in their last 13 Premier League  matches at the Hawthorns, and opening the scoring in more home games (seven) than any other Premier League side this season.
  • West Brom have only won one point from a losing position in the Premier League this season, the joint-lowest in the league.
  • Norwich are undefeated in their last 10 Premier League games and recorded their first away win of the season in their last trip away from Carrow Road.
  • Six of the last seven meetings between West Brom and Norwich in all competitions have ended as away wins, including both league matches and Norwich’s 2-1 FA Cup fourth round victory last season.

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Available Squads
1Ben FosterGoalkeeper
3Jonas OlssonDefender
6Goran PopovDefender
23Gareth McAuleyDefender
-Billy JonesDefender
7James MorrisonMidfielder
11Chris BruntMidfielder
17Graham DorransMidfielder
22Zoltán GeraMidfielder
17Romelu LukakuStriker
9Peter OdemwingieStriker
13B. MyhillGoalkeeper
6Liam RidgewellDefender
36Gonzalo JaraDefender
-Sebastien Gabriel TamaşDefender
9Markus RosenbergStriker
24Shane LongStriker
28Marc-Antoine FortuneStriker
13Mark BunnGoalkeeper
3Steven WhittakerDefender
5S. BassongDefender
6Michael TurnerDefender
18Javier GarridoDefender
4Bradley JohnsonMidfielder
23Robert SnodgrassMidfielder
12Anthony PilkingtonMidfielder
14Wesley HoolahanMidfielder
27Alexander TetteyMidfielder
20Steve MorisonStriker
31Jed SteerGoalkeeper
2Russell MartinDefender
20Leon BarnettDefender
8Jonny HowsonMidfielder
17Elliott BennettMidfielder
10K. JacksonMidfielder
37Harry KaneStriker
Players to Watch
James Morrison
James Morrison
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Scottish midfielder has been moved back from his usual role as a playmaker behind a lone striker into one of two holding positions in midfield to cover for injury to Claudio Yacob.

With Youssuf Mulumbu suspended and the Argentine returning from injury, the Baggies will need to rely on the Morrison to control the game at home as they look for an end to their four-game winless streak.
Wesley Hoolahan
Wesley Hoolahan
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The diminutive playmaker has won a recall to the Republic of Ireland squad after a four-year absence as a reward for his influential performances behind lone striker Grant Holt, and will be of greater importance should the target man fail to recover from injury on Saturday.

The 30-year-old should be full of confidence after setting up the opening goal in last week’s win over Wigan before scoring a headed winner.
Prediction
The Baggies recorded a scoreless draw on Sunday having focused on defence after a run of injuries in midfield coincided with three consecutive defeats.

Steve Clarke’s side could look to do the same against the Canaries, who are high on confidence after ten games unbeaten but may be unwilling to gamble in search of a rare away win under Chris Hughton.
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