With a spot in the third round of this year’s EFL Cup secured in midweek and picking up a 3-1 win away at Watford last weekend, West Ham will look to make it three out of three when Norwich come to town on Saturday afternoon.
Now snatching points off of both Brighton and the Hornets, the Hammers should also be boosted by their continued success in the capital.
Aside from their 5-0 opening weekend defeat against Manchester City, Manuel Pellegrini’s side have lost just one other Premier League matchup at the London Stadium in 2019. That run has also seen them take points off of the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United.
On the flip side, Norwich find themselves in the midst of a minor slump. Crashing out of the EFL Cup away at League Two outfit Crawley earlier in the week, Saturday’s guests have lost three of their last four and the decision to spend just £1.1million on the summer could come back to haunt them.
With West Ham and Norwich playing out a pair of dramatic 2-2 draws when they last met back in the 2015/2016 campaign, you will be interested to know that a third consecutive stalemate can be found at 14/5 with SkyBet.
Haller hits the ground running
Although their 5-0 defeat against Manchester City on the opening weekend may have had many in East London worrying that another four-match losing run could be on the cards, the Hammers have shown some real improvements.
With Head Coach Manuel Pellegrini praising his sides 3-1 win away at Watford last week, the former City boss now finds himself enjoying a three-match unbeaten run.
Opting to once again spend big over the summer, West Ham have made it no secret that their sights are set firmly on securing a European finish come May.
Saturday’s hosts can be found as high as 10/1 with William Hill to secure a famous top-six finish.
If the Hammers are to mount a charge for European football and go one step further than their 7th-place finish back in 2016, Pellegrini will be looking for club-record signing Sébastien Haller to carry on where he finished at Vicarage Road last weekend.
Bagging a brace against Watford last time out, the 25-year-old also recorded 15 Bundesliga strikes for Eintracht Frankfurt last season and can be found at 20/21 with Bet365 to extend that run this weekend.
Elsewhere, many around East London will be excited to hear the news that playmaker Manuel Lanzini is inching closer to agreeing on a new long-term deal with the Hammers.
A defensive dilemma for Daniel Farke
While Norwich’s spirited display against Chelsea may have helped them gain a long list of admirers, their 3-2 defeat at Carrow Road shows there still remains some defensive issues that need resolving.
With Head Coach Daniel Farke admitting that the “minor details” decided who left East Anglia with the three points last weekend, the Canneries have already shipped eight goals in their opening three appearances, the worst defensive record so far.
Despite their all-out attacking approach attracting a string of neutrals across the country, Norwich also came crashing out of the EFL Cup at the hands of League Two outfit Crawley in midweek.
Elsewhere, while Norwich might be shipping goals at an alarming rate, they do have one leading man who is enjoying a stellar debut Premier League campaign.
Once again finding the net against Chelsea last Saturday, last year’s Championship Golden Boot winner Teemu Pukki already has five goals in his opening three appearances, including one away at Anfield on the opening weekend.
You will be interested to that the Finland international can be found at 11/8 with Bet365 to once again find the net at the London Stadium.