Norwich City Match Preview
By Tom Dowsett
Friday 30 Aug 2019 18:07:00
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West Ham United will be desperate to pick up a positive result in front of their own fans and make amends for the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City on the opening weekend. They face their first match against one of the newly-promoted sides as last season's Sky Bet Championship title winners Norwich City visit Stratford on Saturday afternoon.

The Hammers had an equal record against the top-flight newcomers last campaign, losing three and winning three of their six games and they will certainly hope for better this time around.

If they don't manage a first home win of the season against the Canaries this weekend, they will then have to wait until September 22 when Manchester United make the trip to the East End.

It is the home side that go into this game with the better form behind them, as Daniel Farke's side arrive in East London off the back of a 3-2 home league defeat by Chelsea, as well as suffering a shock result in their Carabao Cup second round tie against Crawley Town.

Manuel Pellegrini faces a selection headache in midfield, as Jack Wilshire, Robert Snodgrass and Pablo Fornals were all back in action against Newport County on Tuesday night after missing the 3-1 win at Vicarage Road last Saturday. If he includes all three of them, then Andriy Yarmolenko will be one of those most likely to be dropped, while Michail Antonio suffered a serious looking hamstring injury and is highly unlikely to feature.

Sébastien Haller certainly made an impact against the Hornets by grabbing two goals in what was only his second appearance for the club. He is set to be restored to the starting line-up here and could well be partnered by Javier Hernández if Pellegrini decides to go with two upfront. The Mexican has fully recovered from a minor knee injury.

Lukasz Fabianski was named on the bench in Wales in favour of Roberto Jiménez Gago and the two goalkeepers are set to swap places again for this encounter.

It has just been confirmed that Manuel Lanzini has signed a contract extension to keep him at the club until the summer of 2023 and he is in line to retain his place from last weekend's success in Hertfordshire.

Sam Byram may play some part for the visitors against his former club after making a permanent move to Norfolk in the summer.

Saturday's match is a 3pm kick-off and the referee is Paul Tierney.

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