It’s a big clash at Carrow Road in the fight for Premier League survival on Saturday lunchtime as Norwich City welcome West Ham United.
The visit of West Ham is the Canaries’ second consecutive game against relegation-threatened opposition, having lost 2-1 to Watford in their last outing.
The Hornets’ win deepened the despair for Norwich, who are almost certain to be playing Championship football again next season.
Daniel Farke’s side are cut adrift at the bottom of the table, 8 points from safety with games running out.
Although survival isn’t impossible, it would take something of a minor miracle to keep Norwich up.
Watford’s win made life slightly more difficult for West Ham, who lost to 0-1 to Burnley at the London Stadium in their last encounter.
The Hammers do have a cushion of 3 points to the relegation zone, but everyone involved with the club will still be sweating it out knowing safety is far from secured with five games to play.
West Ham know a win will go a long way to achieving survival, particularly with Aston Villa – who are also in trouble – the opponents on the final day of the season.
For Norwich City, they’ll be without Sam Byram, Grant Hanley, Cristoph Zimmermann and Moritz Leitner for the match with the Hammers, and are likely to be without the four until next season.
The influential Todd Cantwell, who has had an impressive debut season in the Premier League despite Norwich’s predicament, missed the loss to Watford and is expected to sit out here too.
West Ham United will have been pleased to see the return of striker Sebastien Haller against Burnley – the Hammers’ top scorer could have netted with his first touch off the bench, but it wasn’t to be in the 0-1 defeat.
The 7-goal man could start for David Moyes, unless Michail Antonio is deployed in an unconventional central position as has been the case since the restart.
Important duo Felipe Anderson and Robert Snodgrass are both ruled out with injury, whilst Mark Noble, who has been benched for the last two fixtures, could make a return to the starting eleven.
Norwich City v West Ham United is a 12.30pm kick off on Saturday, July 11.