Norwich City - West Bromwich Albion: Two early season strugglers clash in East Anglia
Norwich City vs West Bromwich Albion: Two early season strugglers clash in East Anglia

West Bromwich Albion make the trip to Norwich City with both teams on the edge of relegation trouble.

Host's return from the international break

Norwich come into this game on the back of Alex Neil's worse defeat as manager as they capitulated in the second half to lose 6-2 at Newcastle United on Sunday. That result put them down to 16th in the table just three points above the third bottom Magpies who thrashed them at the weekend.

Leaking goals issue

The clear problem holding the Canaries back at the start of the season is conceding so many goals with no team in the Premier League letting in more than Norwich's 20 so far this season. However they have looked a lot more of a threat going forward than most other teams in the bottom third of the league with 14 goals to their name.

Steady Baggies

There were a lot of early concerns with West Brom in the way they started the season as they could only pick up a penalty shootout victory over League One Port Vale in their first four games of the season, although two of them were against last season's top two and since then they've managed to pick up a steady of results if not in the most convincing fashion.

Lack of goals

Tony Pulis' team have the opposite problem to their weekend hosts as they are really solid at the back but struggle to score goals themselves with them sitting as the second lowest scorers in the division with only seven to their name through nine games. The 1-0 success of bottom of the table Sunderland last week was a relief if not slightly overshadowed by James McClean's post match actions.

Team News

Alex Neil has no fresh injury concerns heading into this game and could in fact welcome two players back from long term injury with strikers Lewis Grabban and Gary Hooper having sped up their recovery from ankle problems.

Midfielder James Morrison will be assessed just before the game with an ankle injury he picked up with Scotland but apart from that Pulis is likely to name an unchanged team from the one that beat Sunderland.


West Brom have won on four of their last five trips to Carrow Road.

Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong is a league leader in two categories with the most total clearances (85) along with the most headed ones with 60.

West Brom have kept a League high 15 clean sheets since Tony Pulis became head coach in January.