Norwich v West Brom preview
Both Norwich and West Brom are still seeking their first win of the season as they prepare to meet at Carrow Road on Sunday.
Last Updated: 09/09/11 11:58am
Both Norwich and West Brom are still seeking their first win of the Premier League season as they prepare to meet at Carrow Road on Sunday.
Domestic action resumes this weekend following the international break and the Norfolk encounter should be a tightly-contested affair as both sides look to breathe life into their so-far disappointing campaigns.
Paul Lambert's promoted Canaries took a point from their opening two encounters before suffering a 3-1 defeat on their tricky trip to Chelsea last time out.
Those results have left Norwich 14th in the table but only three points away from pushing into the top half of the standings.
The Baggies, meanwhile, have endured three back-to-back defeats after the fixture generator handed them a daunting opener at home to Manchester United and a trip to Stamford Bridge the following week.
Roy Hodgson's men lost 1-0 to Stoke last time out and will be keen to get three points under their belts this weekend to escape their early spot in the bottom three of the table.
The last time the two sides met was in the Championship back in April 2008, when Albion secured a 2-1 road victory .
But while the Baggies have won their last three league matches against Norwich, all in the Championship, the Canaries are unbeaten in their last six meetings with the Midlanders in the top flight.
Norwich will be without first-choice goalkeeper John Ruddy for the clash after he received a one-match ban following his sending off at Chelsea.
Reserve keeper Declan Rudd is expected to replace him between the sticks.
Manager Lambert remains without defenders Daniel Ayala and Elliot Ward, while Zak Whitbread is likely to be unavailable as he recovers from a hamstring problem.
Striker James Vaughan could be in contention following a long lay-off with a knee injury.
West Brom midfielder Zoltan Gera is in contention to make his first appearance since rejoining the club.
The Hungary international was suspended for the opening three games while also recovering from ankle surgery.
Albion are optimistic striker Peter Odemwingie will be available after his recent ankle setback but his strike partner Shane Long is rated only 50-50 to recover from a calf injury by Baggies head coach Hodgson.
Possible starting XIs
Norwich: Rudd, Naughton, Barnett, De Laet, Tierney, Bennett, Crofts, Johnson, Pilkington, Holt, C. Martin.
West Brom: Foster, Reid, Olsson, Tamas, Shorey, Mulumbu, Scharner, Tchoyi, Morrison, Brunt, Odemwingie.