Norwich vs West Ham – Match Preview
Could Saturday be the day in which Norwich are finally handed relegation back down to the EFL Championship? They may not be mathematically relegated yet, but it does seem that recent defeats have already consigned their fate.
For them to stay up, Daniel Farke’s men are going to have to do the unthinkable and that means winning all of their last four Premier League matches and hoping that the three teams above them fail to score any points.
A combination that looks almost impossible and if they fail to win on Saturday, the Canaries will be sent packing back to England’s second tier and it will be West Ham who deliver this fatal footballing blow.
Of course, the Premier League is never without its drama and the fascinating sub-plot here is that West Ham need points of their own to survive and if Norwich did to the unthinkable, it would only drag David Moyes’ men deeper into the mire.
Then again, you only need to look at Norwich’s recent form for how that idea might prove to be a bit too fanciful and with the Premier League’s basement side losing their last six league outings, the picture is looking rather bleak at Carrow Road.
Especially when you look at their goalscoring output this season and no matter how much fight you provide on the pitch, an average of just 0.76 goals per league game, is relegation numbers in any currency you like.
Which means, Norwich should provide the perfect opposition for West Ham this weekend and after suffering the disappointment of losing to Burnley in midweek – a game that they were clear favourites, they will look to bounce back in double quick time.
With that said, they were perhaps unfortunate not to get something out of the game and were it not for a string of acrobatic saves from Burnley’s Nick Pope, they may have earned at least a point for their efforts.
Earlier in the season and even as recently as West Ham’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham, the Londoners have been accused of being too negative and only since starting to play on the front foot, have they managed to accrue those all-important league points.
Now though, the likes of Michail Antonio and Tomas Soucek have stepped up to the plate and their goals have at least given West Ham a little bit of daylight between Norwich and the two other teams in the relegation zone (Bournemouth and Aston Villa).
Quite simply, Premier League survival is now in their hands and failure to get the better of a flailing Norwich would mean that the task for David Moyes and his players, becomes unnecessarily harder than it needs to be.
As per usual, Norwich find themselves the rank outsiders going into Saturday’s clash with West Ham and when you consider that they also have home advantage, +264 on the moneyline is quite a substantial price.
Which means West Ham will be favourites for the second game in a row and this time they will look to match the confidence handed to them by the bookmakers, with that in mind +106 on the moneyline suggests a decent amount of value this weekend.