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    Norwich City v West Brom


    Carrow Road is the venue on Saturday for a clash between two sides in the bottom half of the table, Norwich City and West Brom. The hosts go into the game on the back of a humiliating 6-2 defeat to Newcastle United last Sunday, whilst the visitors picked up an important three points against bottom of the table Sunderland with a tense 1-0 victory on Saturday. 

    Alex Neil will be desperate for his Norwich team to turn the tide after picking up just two points in their last four games, including defeats in the last two. The Canaries have also conceded ten goals in their last three games and are yet to keep a clean sheet all season. After conceding six last weekend, Norwich have now let in twenty goals in the Premier League so far this season, the worst defensive record in the league. 


    Whilst Norwich have lost in two consecutive games for the first time since Alex Neil took over in January, Tony Pulis' West Brom are looking for back-to-back wins for the first time since September 2014. Pulis had a reputation for building a strong defensive team during his time at Stoke City and that trend has continued with the Baggies who have the most clean sheets of 2015 with 15. Whilst Norwich have looked good going forward and poor in defence, West Brom have shown solidity in defence but short up front. Only Watford have scored less than their seven goals this season and Saido Berahino has put away at least 16 more than any other player in the last 14 months.

    Norwich cruised past West Brom with a 3-0 victory in the Capital One Cup just last month, but have lost four of their last five meetings at Carrow Road in the Premier League. That Capital One Cup victory last month was Norwich's last win in any competition.


    The hosts remain without Youssouf Mulumbu, who stepped up his return from a broken metatarsal by taking part in an Under-21 match during the week. Strikers Gary Hooper and Lewis Grabban could return to the squad after recovering from injuries. The visitors are sweating on the fitness of James Morrison who has an ankle injury.

    Key Players:
    Sebastian Bassong- a change in fortunes for Norwich will rely on the defender who has the most clearances in the league with 85 this season.

    Saido Berahino- the striker fell out with the powers of West Brom who fought tooth and nail to keep him at the club, but the England striker has responded with three goals in the Premier League this season.

    Chris Lincoln's Prediction: Norwich City 0-0 West Brom
    Alex Neil has told the media how his side have focused on defensive work all week and it is likely the influential Wes Hoolahan will start as a substitute again as Norwich look to plug the gaps. West Brom have struggled in front of goal and may find it difficult to break down a Norwich defence who should be more organised than they were against Newcastle. 


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