Match Preview: Norwich City not expected to upset West Ham United

London, England, 7th November 2021. The Premier league winter ball during the Premier League match at the London Stadium, London. Picture credit should read: Paul Terry / Sportimage PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxUK SPI-1310-0109

West Ham United will play hosts to Norwich City on Saturday afternoon as the two sides will meet in the Premier League at the London Stadium.

The Hammers have largely been enjoying themselves in England’s top tier this season, although they have managed to climb up the standings and continually compete for a place in the UEFA Champions League.

It is all the more impressive given that David Moyes’ side are also strongly performing strongly within European competition as they managed to win their Europa League group with relative ease, excluding the little blip that was suffered in the final matchday and qualify for the next stage.

The Irons have had to face Chelsea, Burnley and Arsenal in short succession, but Saturday will see them go up against a Norwich City side that are struggling at the foot of the table, therefore it is unsurprising that Betway Sportsbook has made West Ham strong favourites with a price of 4/11.

The Canaries have certainly improved since Dean Smith took over, although there is definitely a lot more that they need to do if Carrow Road is to remain a Premier League stadium next season.

He was unsuccessful recently in trying to get points from his old side, as Tuesday night saw his side be beaten by Aston Villa, something that he will be hoping is not an omen and a preview into what happens over the upcoming weekend.

They remain rooted to the table at the moment level on points with Newcastle United (ahead of the Toon Army’s contest with Liverpool on Thursday night) with eight points each; goal difference is currently setting them apart.

Norwich might be hoping that Arsenal give the Hammers a run around on Wednesday night, otherwise they could have a tiring afternoon ahead of them.

The previous two meetings between the two teams took place in the 2019/20 Premier League campaign, with the Hammers recording victory in both.

The meeting at the London Stadium had ended with a 2-0 victory for the hosts with Sebastien Haller and Andriy Yarmolenko on the scoresheet at the time.

At least the game is in the capital this time around, though, for Norwich as the last meeting at Carrow Road had ended 4-0 to the visitors, with Michail Antonio netting an incredible four goals in that game.

With the Jamacia international likely to remember that, he might be rubbing his hands together and hoping to find the back of the net once again this weekend.