Norwich City-West Ham United Preview
David Moyes wants his West Ham side to grasp the opportunity to keep up their top-four challenge as they take on lowly Norwich City.
West Ham were due to host the Canaries before Christmas, but the match was rescheduled due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the squad.
Moyes' team will go into the top four, moving above Arsenal, should they win on Wednesday, while Norwich are involved in a scrap for survival. Victory for Dean Smith's side would see them move level with 17th-placed Watford on 13 points.
"City are in a different sort of fight. They're in a fight to stay up, but I don't think any of the teams have been cut adrift yet and I think there's a chance for the bottom five teams," Moyes told reporters.
"There's a fight on and Norwich will see every game as an opportunity, but I see it here at West Ham as an opportunity to challenge the teams at the top and try to keep ourselves around them, annoying them, and make them think that we're not going away."
Smith, meanwhile, believes his squad are ready to challenge for survival after an injury and illness ravaged December.
He said: "We have to trust in our processes that we're putting on in training at the moment. I believe that the comebacks of the likes of Tim Krul, Teemu Pukki, Grant Hanley and Milot Rashica will boost the squad.
"I feel we've been a little bit unfairly criticised in the last three games where our squad has been decimated. The first five games I saw from the players is what I want to see, and that's what I expect to see against a very strong West Ham team."
West Ham - Manuel Lanzini
Manuel Lanzini netted a brace in West Ham's 3-2 win at Crystal Palace last time out, having netted just two goals in his previous 29 appearances in the competition.
Norwich City - Teemu Pukki
Teemu Pukki finding form is Norwich's best chance of staying up this season. The Finland forward has scored five league goals in 18 appearances, but the last of those came at the end of November.
- Michail Antonio has scored five goals in his last four games against Norwich in all competitions, netting all four of West Ham's goals in a 4-0 win at Carrow Road the last time the sides met.
- Smith has won none of his five Premier League meetings with West Ham (D2 L3). His first game against the Hammers in the competition ended goalless, with his sides conceding one more goal than the last in each of the subsequent four meetings, losing 4-1 with Aston Villa earlier this season.
- After a run of just one win in seven Premier League games (D2 L4), West Ham have won their last two in the competition. The Hammers have netted seven goals in these two victories, as many as they had in their previous seven league games combined.
- Norwich have netted just eight goals in their 19 league games this season. In English top-flight history, no side has netted fewer 19 matches into a single campaign, with Leicester in 1977-78 the only other side to have as few goals at this stage.
- West Ham won home and away against Norwich in the Premier League in the 2019-20 season, having won just two of their previous 10 against the Canaries in the competition (D6 L2).
Updated January 11, 2022