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West Brom vs Norwich – Match Preview

West Brom midfielder James Morrison remains sidelined with a ruptured hamstring.

Jonny Evans could return from a hamstring problem and Craig Dawson may feature after a foot injury.

Norwich forward Nathan Redmond will be out for a few weeks with the ankle injury he suffered against Manchester City last weekend.

Defender Ryan Bennett has not trained this week and is doubtful for the trip to the West Midlands.

Editor’s Note: After a run of 4 games unbeaten West Brom’s season has moved from the usual acceptance of mid table malaise to the possibility of finishing in the top half of the table. The run has made sure that Premier League safety has been assured it’s now a case of what can they do in their last 8 matches.

They’ve picked up 10 points out of a possible 12 and that has seen them move up to 11th place in the Premier League table. If they can bag a top ten finish then it will give Tony Pulis’ an extra boost in terms of his future.

Previous to this run it’s been fair to say that there had been rumblings of discontent at The Baggies playing style with the apparent safety first tactics just making sure that they obtain the objective of Premier League safety. But there seems to be a change in mood at The Hawthornes as of late and they will hope that this run of form continues against a Norwich side desperate to pick up a win.

It’s now no win in 10 for Alex Neil’s side and they find themselves on the wrong side of the relegation dotted line. They still have to play both Newcastle and Sunderland at home so the bid to stay up is very much in their hands but they are going to have to start finding some wins not just soon but now.

Alex Neil will be able to take some confidence from their 0-0 stalemate at home to Manchester City last Weekend in let’s be honest was one of the worst games of the season so far. Manager Neil won’t care too much for the spectacle he just wants points on the board and although Saturday was a step in the right direction they are going to have to make bigger leaps if they want to beat the drop

The thing that may go in their favour this Afternoon is now that West Brom are done and dusted in terms of objective then they may be there for the taking. But I can’t see Tony Pulis letting his side give anything less in this game than they have in the previous four

Can Norwich break down this resolute West Brom side, perhaps but I don’t think they will have enough in them to come away with a much needed 3 points. I reckon it will be a share of the points and Norwich out the drop zone for 24 hours. A draw.

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