Norwich v West Ham Odds : Goaless draw proving popular as goals at premium at Carrow Road

Norwich will look to bounce back from their thrashing at Manchester City last time out when they face West Ham United at Carrow Road on Saturday, as both sides have plenty of problems scoring coming into the game (KO 17:30GMT).

The Canaries suffered their fifth straight defeat when they conceded seven goals without response away to City, as the Hammers themselves continue to struggle, with both these sides failing to score a single goal in their previous two outings.

The result heaped the pressure on manager Chris Hughton, and the under-fire manager has urged his side to put the defeat behind and secure a morale boosting win.

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“It’s our responsibility to get a reaction from the Manchester City game this weekend,” Hughton said.

“Any negatives are in the past. We have faith in the ability that we have. The value of winning a couple of games is huge.

“We have to concentrate on ourselves. It’s not about West Ham United. It’s a home game for us.”

Houghton will head into the game without one of his expensive summer signings, striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel. The Dutch striker is struggling with a foot injury.

Richard Snodgrass is fit to play after recovering from concussion while Nathan Redmond will be given every opportunity to prove his fitness.

West Ham meanwhile will head into the clash just two points and three places above their hosts and manager Sam Allardyce has piled the pressure on both sets of players by labelling the game the proverbial “6 pointer”

“Norwich is a six-pointer already,” he said. “They played well in their last home game against Cardiff (a 0-0 draw) and we have to make sure we frustrate them in that area and be clinical when we get our chances.
“It’s not very good injury-wise at the moment other than we’ve got James Collins back in training.

“Winston Reid (ankle) picked up an unfortunate one this week which adds to the list”

Allardyce will also be without Andy Carroll (heel), Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder), Alou Diarra (knee) and George McCartney (knee) for the game.

The Hammers haven’t won since they stunned Spurs 3-0 in October losing 3-1 to Manchester City and drawing 0-0 with both Swansea and Aston Villa in the intervening three league games.

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Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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