In what is a real relegation six-pointer at the foot of the table, Norwich know that nothing short of victory on Saturday lunchtime will help them briefly hang onto their Premier League status when they host West Ham at Carrow Road.
Despite taking a shock lead at Watford earlier in the week, the Canneries were eventually hit with a 2-1 defeat in the capital and find themselves sat 10 points adrift of safety after losing their last six top-flight matchups either side of the break.
On the flip side, despite dominating large spells of proceedings on Wednesday evening, West Ham were hit with a worrying 1-0 defeat at home against Burnley and still find themselves at the heart of a relegation scrap.
Unable to fully build off of what was a stunning 3-2 victory against London rivals Chelsea in East London last week, the Hammers should take some solace from their most recent meeting against Saturday’s hosts.
When the two sides faced off earlier in the season, West Ham landed a 2-0 win and a similar away victory this weekend can be found priced at 21/20 with Betfair.
A Premier League goodbye for Norwich
Although a bright start at Watford might have breathed some much-needed life into Norwich on Tuesday evening, the Canneries soon came crashing back down to earth in the capital.
With Danny Welbeck scoring a sublime overhead kick at Vicarage Road in midweek, Daniel Farke’s men could only slump to another 2-1 defeat on the road and have all but relinquished their Premier League status.
Sat 10 points adrift of safety and knowing nothing short of three points can help them briefly extend their top-flight status, Farke will be most concerned by his side’s worrying issues on home soil.
Including a 1-0 defeat against relegation outsiders Brighton in their last contest at Carrow Road, Saturday’s hosts have lost each of their three appearances in East Anglia since making a return from the enforced break.
Even more concerning for the former Borussia Dortmund coach, his side have failed to bag a single strike in any of their previous three defeats on home soil.
Also drawing a blank when they faced off against the Hammers earlier in the season, Norwich can be found priced at 2/1 with Coral to once again fail to convert at Carrow Road this weekend.
Moyes’ defensive crisis
Once again rueing a string of missed opportunities on Wednesday evening, West Ham’s 1-0 defeat at home against Burnley still finds the Hammers firmly at the heart of a relegation scrap.
Failing to build off of their shock 3-2 defeat against Chelsea last week, David Moyes’ side also threw away the lead twice at Newcastle last weekend as they had to settle for a point at St. James’ Park.
A side that is desperately seeking some stability, the former Manchester United boss will have a growing headache over his side’s rather glaring problems at the back.
With the likes of Aaron Cresswell and Ryan Fredricks putting in another torrid display in East London, Saturday’s guests have remarkably failed to bag a single Premier League clean sheet since a 4-0 win over Bournemouth on New Year’s Day.
While the Hammers might have been glad to welcome back leading marksman Sebastian Haller in midweek, you might be interested to know that a leaky West Ham defence can be found priced at 4/11 with William Hill to once again be breached this weekend.