At 12.45pm on Saturday afternoon the Barclays Premier League finally gets back underway after what has seemed a lifetime’s international break (if you’re as cynical as me!), and The Canaries welcome the Hammers to Carrow Road in Sky Sports’ early kick off.
Norwich manager Chris Hughton has managed to steady the ship after their embarrassing 5-0 opening day smashing by Fulham, with two well-earned 1-1 draws against QPR and Tottenham respectively. West Ham have started the season with great home form however slipped in their first away game, with a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Swansea.
Norwich will be looking to use Carrow Road and their famous 12th man (WHERE ARE YOU??) to their advantage and will be desperate to register their first win of the season against newly promoted West Ham.
Allardyce on the other hand will be looking to improve his team’s away record, and if he manages to get all three points could even find his side sitting in second place (at least until the 3pm kick offs finish). Big Sam will be without £35million wonder-donkey Andy Carroll (sorry – I’m a bitter Evertonian) through injury but is unlikely to revert to a ‘tika-taka’ style of football, we can expect more of the same physical football from the Hammers and it will be far from an easy afternoon for the Canaries.
Of course Norwich have their own physical presence with talisman Grant Holt who could cause the Hammers defence all sorts of problems. Both sides will be well up for this game and I think it could be a cracker, I can see a score draw in this one but I’m going to be ambitious and go for 2-2.
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By Steven Goulding (@gouldin87)