2021-22 Premier League: Week 22 – West Ham vs Norwich

West Ham continue their chase for a top four finish as they welcome Norwich City to London Stadium.

Victory would see West Ham climb above Arsenal into fourth, whereas Norwich can climb to 18th with a win.

 

Team News

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Vladimir Coufal could return for West Ham after illness forced him to miss Sunday’s FA Cup victory over Leeds United.

Kurt Zouma (hamstring), Said Benrahma (international duty), Angelo Ogbonna (knee) and Aaron Cresswell (back) are still ruled out.

Norwich will be without Billy Gilmour for the next few weeks after the Chelsea loanee suffered an ankle injury in training last week, which forced him to miss Sunday’s FA Cup win at Charlton.

Todd Cantwell (illness) is a doubt but Andrew Omobamidele (back), Christoph Zimmerman (ankle), Lukas Rupp (hamstring) and Mathias Normann (pelvis) remain absent.

 

Stat Attack

  • West Ham are unbeaten in their last five meetings against Norwich (W3, D2).
  • Norwich are winless in six away Premier League visits to West Ham (D3, L3).
  • West Ham have kept clean sheets in three of their last five meetings against Norwich.
  • Six of Michail Antonio’s eight league goals for West Ham this season have been scored on his right foot.
  • Josh Sargent has been substituted on eight occasions this season in the league, which is the most amount of substitutions for a Norwich player this season.

 

Prediction

Having endured a tricky December, West Ham have certainly rebounded so far in 2022 with two strong performances, which was particularly evident in how they controlled the majority of Sunday’s win over Leeds on the front foot with aggressive pressing and pace.

Norwich meanwhile were defensively disciplined in their win at Charlton on Sunday on the counter-attack, despite loose marking moments and the trickiness of Charlton’s midfield press but they need to translate that display into league games if want to stay up.

This game though feels like it is the Hammers’ to lose because if they continue to rediscover their spark, they should easily get the win, yet Norwich could cause trouble if they continue to improve defensively but I can’t see that being enough here.

Prediction: West Ham 2-0 Norwich

Result: West Ham 2-0 Norwich

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