Norwich vs West Ham by Luke
It could be said now that Norwich is in a really poor form, since the team comes from their sixth straight defeat in all competitions, fifth in Premier League as they visited Aston Villa last weekend and stood defeated with a 2:0 result. Overall, they had some chances and maybe didn't deserve to lose with two goals difference, but the team didn't look that great and paid the price of their defensive weaknesses they have a lot in previous two months.
Villans took the lead just before the halftime whistle via Lescott, opening the second halftime in the same way, with a goal from Agbonlahor in 51st minute. Visitors tried to get back into the match, but without any efficiency in front of opponents goal. As said, the team is in really poor momentum now, having five straight defeats, two at home as well, as they now entered the relegation zone having now just a point less than Newcaslte United. The team needs to bounce back now in front of own fans, but if we look their previous three home matches, they will really need to improve a lot for this one. Norwich is set to play in 4-4-1-1 formation with Mbokani as number nine and Naismith as his support. Midfielder Grahan Dorrans (16/0) is injured, while defensive midfielder Alexander Tettey (21/2) won't play due suspension. Nathan Redmond will probably step in the starting lineup.
West Ham, on the other side, is also far away from their best form, but the team still managed to do decent and to stay competitive in their fight for European positions. In the most recent game in Premier League, they suffered 1:0 defeat away to Southampton, with a goal conceded in ninth minute via Yoshida. From that moment on, their hosts left them the ball possession and team from London controlled the game, increasing the tempo even further from 54th minute when the home side stood playing with a man less following exclusion of Wanyama, however without any efficiency.
As said, they are now two points behind fifth placed Manchester United and need to come back from this game with a positive result, even though they suffered two defeats on the road in most recent matches (having overall 5-4-4 above decent on the road record). They also played FA Cup 1/16 finals re-match game against Liverpool on Wednesday evening winning the Reds with a 2:1 result after overtime. Visitors from London should be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Payet, Antonio and Valencia as forwards. Injured are forward Diafra Sakho (12/3), central midfielder Manuel Lanzini (14/4), central defender Winston Reid (15/0) and other central defender James Tomkins (22/0). Cheikhou Kouyata is doubtful, but with chances to play.
Norwich have lost their last five Premier League matches and I don't see them improving this much against West Ham. Visitors haven't been much better lately, but I see them as much more confident in their game play and believe that they are way closer to obtain all three points, even though the draw can't be excluded.