Norwich v West Ham preview: Hammers stretched with injuries
By Patrick Surlis
Last Updated: 13/02/16 2:13pm
West Ham are set to be without several first-team players when they travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich on Saturday.
Winston Reid, Cheikhou Kouyate and Joey O'Brien all picked up injuries during West Ham's FA Cup triumph over Liverpool on Tuesday, adding to an already lengthy injury list.
Aside from the injuries, the Hammers have a poor record at Carrow Road, having failed to win on their last 16 league visits, but they face a Norwich team in poor form.
The Canaries slipped into the relegation zone for the first time since the opening weekend after their defeat by Aston Villa, and Alex Neil's side are without a win since January 2.
Alex Tettey is unavailable for Norwich as the midfielder completes his two-match suspension following a 10th booking of the season against Tottenham.
Neil will make a late decision on Graham Dorrans (illness), while Andre Wisdom is a doubt with a knee problem.
West Ham's injuries are piling up as Reid, O'Brien (both hamstring) and Kouyate (concussion) all went down in midweek. They join James Tomkins (calf), Manuel Lanzini and Diafra Sakho (both thigh) on the sidelines.
However, Alex Song is available having shaken off the knock which kept him out of the replay and Sam Byram returns after being cup-tied.
None of the previous 13 league meetings between West Ham and Norwich have ended with an away win (six home wins, seven draws).
There has been a 90th minute goal in all of the last four league games between the two sides.
Wes Hoolahan has been substituted in 16 of his 18 top-flight starts this season; more often than any other player.
Norwich have conceded the first goal of the game on 18 occasions in the league this season; a league-high.
Meanwhile, they have only made 395 touches in the opposition box this season (16 per game) - a league-low, but West Ham players have made a league-high 10 errors leading to goals.
Dimitri Payet has created 66 goalscoring chances this season, more than double the tally of any other West Ham player.
This game is another prime example of how the timing of football matches can affect the outcome. Norwich will have looked at the fixtures and probably wouldn't have fancied themselves against a West Ham side that has been flying this season.
However, when you consider the Hammers played 120 minutes in midweek, have an eye on the next round of the cup and probably can't qualify for the top four, then this the best time to play them. West Ham have got a great chance to win the FA Cup and have bigger fish to fry so I fancy Norwich to nick a vital win.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 (Most popular Super 6 prediction: 1-2)
West Ham are Sky Bet's marginal favourites ahead of their trip to Carrow Road, with Norwich priced at 6/4. The Hammers are sixth despite claiming only five points from the last 12 and remain a 4/1 shot to finish in the top six.
The Canaries have lost five on the bounce and are now 8/11 to be relegated. The sides shared a 2-2 draw at Upton Park earlier in the season and another draw is available at 9/4. Steven Naismith and Enner Valencia both to net is 10/1.