West Ham United host Norwich City in the Premier League on Wednesday, after both sides progressed in the FA Cup
Preview: West Ham United host Norwich City in the Premier League on Wednesday night, having both progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup at the weekend.
The Hammers enjoyed a 2-0 victory against Leeds in the cup while Dean Smith’s side defeated Charlton.
It was a comfortable afternoon for David Moyes’ side who eased their way past Bielsa’s team to advance into the next round as they look to end their wait for silverware.
It was the home side who went ahead before the break after Manuel Lanzini’s goal, followed by Jarrod Bowen securing their ticket to the fourth round with a second goal in the final minutes to complete a fine victory for the Hammers.
A draw or victory over Norwich will see them leap-frog over Arsenal into the Champions League positions, though this isn’t the only method into Europe’s top competition as they await their Europa League knock-out tie next month.
Despite coming under a rough patch of form – winning just three games of their last nine games – their home form has returned 14 points from nine games which they’ll be wanting to improve on Tuesday night.
Sitting at the foot of the Premier League, Dean Smith’s side went on a run of scoring in just one of their last eight league games prior to their away victory in the FA Cup at the weekend.
It was a rare away victory for the Canaries, with Milot Rashica scoring the only goal of the match to secure their place in the fourth round and give Norwich a much needed boost ahead of their trip to the capital.
After enduring five consecutive defeats in December and shipping 14 goals in the process, Smith will be hoping it’s new year, new Norwich as they begin the task of climbing out of the relegation positions.
Norwich have only beaten West Ham in one of their last 13 attempts – that was back in 2013 after a 3-1 victory – and with the third-worst away record in the Premier League, it could be a tough evening ahead.
There are no new injury concerns for David Moyes, with only Said Benrahma being the latest absentee due to representing Algeria in the African Cup of Nations.
The trio of Kurt Zouma, Aaron Cresswell and Angelo Ogbonna all remain out, while Vladimir Coufal may make a return to the first eleven.
As for Norwich, they will be without Mathias Normann, Christoph Zimmermann, Lukas Rupp and Andrew Omobamidele while Billy Gilmour is the latest to be sidelined with an ankle injury.
Todd Cantwell – who has recently been linked with a £20m move to Newcastle – is also out with through illness and could well have played his last game for the Canaries.
West Ham United vs Norwich City – kick off at 7:45pm (UK time) on Tuesday 12th January 2022
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