The Match-Week 21 of the Premier League will conclude over the midweek, featuring West Ham United taking on Norwich on Thursday, 13th January at 01:15 AM IST. The fixture will take place at the London Stadium and hence, will be an away game for the Canaries.
West Ham are currently sitting 5th in the league, 1-point behind fourth placed Arsenal, and are coming from a 2-0 win over Leeds in the FA Cup. The Hammers are in their best form this season as they challenge for a top four spot.
West Ham United Premier League form: D L L W W
On the other hand, Norwich are sitting at the bottom of the table and are coming from a close 1-0 win over Charlton in the FA Cup. As the team struggles to challenge, manager Dean Smith seems to be out of ideas to rescue his new team from relegation.
Norwich Premier League form: L L L L L
West Ham United vs Norwich: The Hammers’ team news and injury updates:
The Irons will be without Said Benrahma, who is representing Algeria in the AFCON. Gladly for Moyes, the FA Cup fixture brought no fresh injuries. Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell and Kurt Zouma are set to remain absent.
Vladimir Coufal could be fit to start after illness, but Ben Johnson could very well be seen starting over him if the former is not passed “fit”. Arthur Masuaku should start at left-back, with Pablo Fornals replacing Nikola Vlasic on the left wing.
West Ham United Predicted Lineup:
Fabianski; Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Masuaku; Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Lanzini, Fornals; Antonio
West Ham United vs Norwich: The Canaries’ team news and injury updates:
The Canaries will miss Billy Gilmour due to an ankle strain, while Lukas Rupp, Mathias Normann, Christoph Zimmermann and Andrew Omobamidele remain injured. Todd Cantwell has come down with an illness, who will be leaving the club soon anyway.
Rashica and Teemu Pukki are set to return up top, while Max Aarons and Brandon Williams will take charge of the full-back areas. Ben Gibson could expect to replace Ozan Kabak as one of the centre-halves.
Norwich Predicted Lineup:
Krul; Aarons, Hanley, Gibson, Williams; McLean, Sorensen, Lees-Melou; Sargent, Pukki, Rashica
Our score predictions: West Ham United 4-0 Norwich
Even though David Moyes has a limited number of fit defenders at his disposal, the team’s current form and stature is much higher than Norwich’s. Dean Smith could look to give a fight back but his side will be out played by the Hammers as they will continue to dominate.
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