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Norwich v West Ham: Fluent football to be Hammers undoing again

| 14.09.2012

Norwich’s courageous showing at White Hart Lane will have them buoyed ahead of West Ham’s visit to Norfolk.

The Hammers were hapless when they last ventured from east London, getting stuffed 3-0 by Swansea. A price of 13/10 says the Canaries will inflict two away defeats on the spin for Sam Allardyce’s heavy-handed relegation battlers.

Norwich rebounded from their opening day embarrassment at Craven Cottage by producing two performances more than deserving of three points against both QPR and Spurs. Wins will not be far away if they can maintain that standard of football.

West Ham will be without target man Andy Carroll for this one, significantly reducing their ability to cause problems for Norwich’s defenders. West Ham’s back four, on the other hand, will have their summer transfer target Grant Holt to contend with.

The bustling centre forward is yet to notch for the Canaries this term, but can be backed at 5/1 to open the scoring at Carrow Road, as he did four times last season.

Robert Snodgrass has adapted well to life in the top flight and opened his Norwich account with a late equaliser against Spurs last time. Having missed a sitter against QPR the week prior, it seems as though Chris Hughton has granted the Scot freedom to get into positions where he can hurt the opposition.

This makes him a good bet to be first on target in this fixture and is priced at 8/1 with Ladbrokes to do so.

The Hammers have surrendered more than 60 per cent possession in two of their three Premier League games so far. Swansea made this count when Allardyce’s men tried to let the south Wales outfit play in front of them, as opposed to through them.
It’s 18/1 that this approach will blow up in their face again with Norwich claiming a 3-0 win.

These two have played six league games between them this year and four of them have ended with only one side scoring. A price of 11/10 for one or neither team to score here then, could be a great bet at odds against.

All odds and markets correct as of publication

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James Middleton