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The Hawthorns (ATT 17,434) 28th January 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Oliver

W Brom West Bromwich Albion vs Norwich City Norwich

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Premier League rivals have an eye on their league games

Last Updated: 30/01/12 2:57pm

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Roy Hodgson will hope his West Brom side can maintain their impressive FA Cup record over Norwich when the two sides meet on Saturday.

The Baggies have won the last three matches at The Hawthorns against the Canaries in this competition - the last in 1982 - when Cyrille Regis scored a now famous goal in a 1-0 victory.

Norwich's recent cup pedigree is not quite what you would describe as rich.

They have not made it past the fourth round since they beat Manchester United at Old Trafford 2-1 in 1967.

Indeed, they may never have a better chance of doing so as Hodgson has intimated he may field a changed line-up.


West Brom face Fulham and Swansea in their next two Premier League games, and the experienced manager will have to utilise his squad with these crucial games coming up.

Nick Shorey is poised for an outing in the unfamiliar right-back slot, while Gareth McAuley and Craig Dawson are set to form the axis at the heart of the Baggies defence.

There are concerns over midfielder Paul Scharner who is struggling with an Achilles problem.

Full-backs Steven Reid (ankle and knee) and Billy Jones (hamstring) could return, but Hodgson may decide to rest them.

That same principal could be applied to Jonas Olsson, who came through the game against Stoke unscathed, following a calf injury that forced him to miss four games prior.


Paul Lambert is also set to make changes to his team as the newly-promoted side prepare for three games in eight days.

However, the Canaries chief is not short of options. One certain change will be at right-back, after Tottenham refused permission for Kyle Naughton to play in this competition.

Adam Drury played well against Burnley in the previous round and could be drafted back in, while Marc Tierney played 70 minutes in the reserves after recovering from a groin injury and is a possibility.

Players such as Andrew Crofts, Elliott Bennett, Leon Barnett and Simon Lappin, who have been sparsely used this season are all hoping to be involved.

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