England Premier League
Sunday 8th May 2022
Kick off at 2pm BST
Venue: Carrow Road
Norwich will be playing in the Championship next season and in a way one wonders if that can be dangerous for West Ham with Norwich now being able to be relaxed and just try and enjoy a home game. At the same time the Canaries will try and finish the season well and try not to end it at the bottom and they will have Watford in their sights as they are just a point behind them.
Dean Smith’s side have earned just four points from their last 15 on offer and last weekend they lost their 23rd game of the season as they lost 2-0 against Aston Villa- Smith’s former managerial role of course. Norwich have conceded the most goals this season with 71 so far and have lost their last 3 games. At home it is Watford who have the worst record although Norwich are not far behind and have won just 12 points from a possible 51. Their last home game ended in a 3-0 loss against Newcastle although they have recently beaten Burnley here.
West Ham were left devastated in midweek as they were knocked out of the Europa League against German team Eintract Frankfurt. The Hammers lost the 2nd leg 1-0 meaning that they exited at the semi-final stage 3-1 on aggregate and for them it is a case of how so close but so far they were. There is no doubt that David Moyes team will be deflated coming into this game but they have to pick themselves up if they want to finish in a European place for next season.
West Ham are in seventh place and are six points shy of a Europa League finish but have a game in hand over sixth placed Manchester United so that objective for now is still on. Otherwise they may have to do with the Conference League next season. However even that is under threat by Wolves who are three points behind the Hammers and have a game in hand over them. Form for Moyes side has been poor though with no wins in their last four games and we would have to go back to the beginning of April for the clubs last win which was against Everton at home.
Norwich: Christoph Zimmermann has a hip injury and is out of this game. There are no new injuries apart from Zimmermann but a plethora of players are now out for the season including Joshua Sargent, Andrew Omobamidele, Kenny McLean, Ozan Kabak and Adam Idah.
West Ham: There are no injuries ahead of the game for the Hammers but Angelo Ogbonna is out for the season with his long term knee injury.
Norwich vs West Ham Head to Head:
West Ham have won the last 3 meetings against Norwich scoring 8 goals and conceding 0.
Norwich haven’t beaten West Ham since 2013.
It’s been six years since Norwich scored a goal against West Ham.
There is a 60% chance to see over 2.5 goals.
Norwich vs West Ham Prediction:
A few weeks ago this would have been seen as a straight forward win for West Ham with Europe in their sights but this will be a tricky game for the Hammers. Norwich will be no pushovers and even earlier in the season at home here we could see some potential in the team as they made life hard for the likes of Manchester United. The worry here is if this game gets bogged down and becomes physical as West Ham may not be in the mood after the week they have had.
You get the sense that the Hammers have been through the mill and all of their eggs were in one basket and they were so close to glory, it’s all been washed away and that takes time to process. If they can come here even against the bottom side and get a win that would show great back bone, however they could struggle due to all of the circumstances, but they still have the stronger motivation to win and stronger quality, therefore we will still back West Ham.
Norwich vs West Ham Betting Tips:
West Ham to beat Norwich at 1.75
Anytime goalscorer: Jarrod Bowen at 3.10