West Brom vs Norwich preview
Last Updated: 11/01/19 11:16am
Dwight Gayle and Ahmed Hegazi could return for West Brom's clash with promotion rivals Norwich.
The duo are back in training and the game had been pencilled in for their return from hamstring strains. Jake Livermore is banned as he serves the second game of his four-match ban. James Morrison is set to return, along with Gareth Barry and Matt Phillips, after being rested.
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Norwich skipper Grant Hanley is banned for the trip to the Hawthorns. The defender was sent off in the 1-0 FA Cup defeat to Portsmouth last weekend - the Canaries' first red card in 68 games.
Emi Buendia (ankle), Moritz Leitner (ankle) and Jamal Lewis (hamstring) are all sidelined for Norwich. Carlton Morris (knee) is closing in on a return after being out since the end of last season and Louis Thompson (dislocated shoulder) is out.
West Brom and Norwich City have not played out a draw in any competition since October 2004, with both sides winning eight of the last 16 meetings.
Norwich have won on both of their last two trips to West Brom without conceding a single goal, with each encounter coming in the top-flight back in December 2013 (2-0) and most recently in March 2016 (1-0).
West Brom are unbeaten in their last six Championship matches at home, though they have only emerged victorious in two of those games (D4).
Norwich City are unbeaten in their last 11 away league matches (W6 D5), only twice before in the club's history have the Canaries registered a longer such run on the road - 12 in February 1986 and 12 in August 2015.
West Brom (22 games) are currently on their longest consecutive run of scoring at home in the league since November 1993, when the Baggies scored in 25 straight matches at the Hawthorns.
Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki has scored six Championship goals in the 80th minute or later this season, at least two more than any other player in the division.
Now this is a big game. West Brom have been trying to reel in the top two for a while, and this is a big opportunity for them to do just that.
Norwich have failed to win their last three games, which is their worst run since their first three games of the season. There is every chance it will be four by Saturday evening.
David Prutton predicts: 3-2 (22/1 with Sky Bet)