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MATCH PREVIEW: Albion v Norwich

21 December 2012

Stats and info for Saturday's Hawthorns clash (ko 3pm)

All-time results record (League, FA Cup and League Cup)


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HOME
29
14
8739
23
 
16

AWAY258
7103136

-5

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0

TOTAL542215177059

11

Interesting facts



Four of the last six meetings between the two clubs have finished 2-1 with each side claiming two victories. 

Saturday will see the Baggies face the Canaries for only the 12th time at The Hawthorns in the top flight. In the previous 11 meetings at B71 Albion have won four, drawn four and lost three.  
Canaries defender Leon Barnett played for Albion in the Barclays Premier League under then-boss Tony Mowbray.

After seven games the two sides were separated by 15 places and 11 points with Albion fourth and Norwich 19th but a ten-game unbeaten run, including six wins and four draws has propelled the Canaries into eighth position – only one place behind the Baggies. Barcelona (20) are the only side in Europe’s elite leagues who can claim a longer unbeaten league record. Chris Hughton’s outfit have not lost since their 4-1 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday, October 6.

Norwich have drawn five of their eight away trips this season, recording their only victory at Swansea two weeks ago.

Only Stoke, who have conceded three league goals at the Britannia Stadium this campaign, have a better defensive home record than Albion (six).    


Last time out


HOME: Barclays Premier League, Saturday, January 14, 2012, Albion 1 (Long 68) Norwich 2 (Surman 43, Morison 79)
AWAY: Barclays Premier League, Sunday, September 11, 2011, Norwich 0 Albion 1 (Odemwingie 3)


Form guide (last six league matches)


ALBION: WWLLLD
NORWICH: WDDWWW


Last league match line-ups


ALBION (v West Ham – home D 0-0): Myhill; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Popov; Gera (Lukaku 75), Morrison, Mulumbu, Brunt (c); Odemwingie, Long (Rosenberg 83). Subs not used: L Daniels (gk), Dorrans, Fortune, Tamas, Dawson.

NORWICH (v Wigan - home W 2-1): Bunn; Whittaker, Johnson, Bassong, Garrido; Tettey, Snodgrass, Hoolahan (Howson 84); Pilkington, Holt, Johnson. Subs not used: Rudd (gk), Martin, Jackson, Morison, E.Bennett, Barnett.


Norwich team news


Grant Holt, who limped out of last weekend’s 2-1 home victory over Wigan with a hamstring problem, is touch and go to feature against the Baggies. John Ruddy and Andrew Surman remain sidelined for the Canaries, while on-loan Harry Kane is contending for a place on Chris Hughton’s bench after recovering from a hamstring injury. 

Ref watch


Martin Atkinson will referee tomorrow's game. The South Yorkshire official has not overseen the Baggies since their 1-1 draw at QPR last December. Atkinson has dished out one red and 81 yellow cards in 20 games this term.


Betting


Selected odds from Bet Butler:

Albion to win: Evens
Norwich to win: 31/10
Draw: 13/5

Shane Long to score first: 11/2/
Robert Snodgrass to score first: 9/1

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