WEST BROMWICH ALBION v NORWICH CITY
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 19th March 2016,
The game will be the 62nd league and cup meeting
between the two clubs. The Baggies currently lead the way in the victory stakes
with 26 wins compared to the Canaries' 20. There have been 32 competitive games
at The Hawthorns with Albion winning 16 and Norwich eight.
The clubs have met nine times previously in the
Premier League with both sides winning four games.
Albion's last game on this date took place in 2011
when Roy Hodgson's team played out a 2-2 draw with Arsenal at The Hawthorns,
Steven Reid and Peter Odemwingie the Baggies' goalscorers. The club's last win
on March 19 came in 2005 when a Bryan Robson-led side pulled off a
memorable 4-1 win over Charlton Athletic at The Valley - Rob Earnshaw hitting a
hat-trick as the club's 'Great Escape' gained momentum.
City's last game on this date also came back in
2011 - the Canaries recording a 1-1 draw at Hull City with Zak Whitbread the
The away team in this fixture
has won five of the last seven league meetings.
Albion are unbeaten in their
last six home games (W4, D2).
Norwich have lost eight of their
last 10 Premier League matches, picking up just two points.
Gareth McAuley will make his 150th league
appearance for the Baggies if he plays a part in the game. If he does feature,
McAuley will also become Albion's oldest-ever outfield Premier League player,
surpassing Bob Taylor.
Albion's last six games:
Manchester United (H) 1-0; Leicester City (A) 2-2; Crystal Palace (H) 3-2;
Reading (A, FAC) 1-3; Everton (A) 1-0; Peterborough United (A, FAC) 1-1, (4-3 on
Norwich's last six games: Manchester City (H) 0-0;
Swansea City (A) 0-1; Chelsea (H) 1-2; Leicester City (A) 0-1; West Ham United
(H) 2-2; Aston Villa (A) 0-2.
Jonny Evans could return following his hamstring
problem whilst fellow defender Craig Dawson should be fit after picking up a
knock last time out against Manchester United.
James Morrison (hamstring) and Callum McManaman
(ankle) remain out along with long-term injury victim Chris Brunt.
Winger Nathan Redmond is missing for the Canaries
after suffering an ankle injury last weekend against Manchester City and is
likely to be joined on the sidelines by defender Ryan Bennett who has not
trained this week.
Albion Win: 5/4, Norwich City Win: 23/10, Draw:
Berahino 5/1, Rondon 5/1, Lambert 6/1, Anichebe 6/1, Sessegnon 8/1, Gardner 9/1,
Pritchard 10/1, McClean 11/1, Fletcher 14/1, Dawson 20/1, Sandro 20/1, McAuley
25/1, Yacob 33/1, Olsson 33/1, Evans 33/1.
Norwich City: Mbokani 7/1, Bamford 7/1, Jerome
15/2, Naismith 9/1, Hoolahan 11/1, Howson 12/1, Brady 12/1, Dorrans 14/1, Jarvis
14/1, Odjidja-Ofoe 14/1, O'Neil 25/1, Martin 25/1, Mulumbu 25/1, Bennett 33/1,
No goalscorer: 7/1.
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)
Assistant Referees: Peter Kirkup (Northamptonshire) & Matthew Wilkes (West
Fourth Official: Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)
Taylor has refereed three Albion
games so far this season - the 3-1 FA Cup defeat at Reading last month, the 2-2
draw at Chelsea in January and the 3-2 defeat at home to
He refereed three Albion games
during 2014/15 - the 1-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford in May, the 2-0
FA Cup quarter final defeat at Aston Villa in March and the 2-0 defeat at home
to Everton in September.
The Cheshire official has taken
charge of two Norwich games this season - the 6-2 defeat at Newcastle United in
October and the 1-1 draw at Liverpool in September.
Taylor has issued 124 yellow
cards and four red in the 36 games he has officiated so far this season.
A full run-down of Taylor's history refereeing the
Baggies can be found
Tickets are on general sale to
home supporters priced at £27/£25 adults, £21/£20 seniors (over-60s), £16/£15
students/under-21s and £10 juniors.
Thick cloud, 6°C.
The first competitive meeting between the two sides came in a 2nd round FA Cup
tie at The Hawthorns in February 1907. Charles 'Chippy' Simmons scored the only
goal of the game as the Baggies won 1-0.
Albion first met City in league action during the 1938/39 season. The first
game at Carrow Road in September ended with the visitors running out 3-2
winners, Meynell Burgin (2) and Harry Jones with the Albion goals. The return
game at The Hawthorns in April saw the Baggies complete the double over Norwich
with a 4-2 win, W.G. Richardson and George Banks hitting two goals each.
Albion's biggest win against City is
5-1 - a scoreline achieved twice, the first time in a Texaco Cup game at
The Hawthorns in 1974 and more recently in a League Division One fixture
in 1996, again at The Hawthorns. Ian Hamilton and Andy Hunt both scoring
twice in the latter fixture.
The Baggies' biggest win at Norwich
came in February 1997 when a Paul Peschisolido hat-trick helped Ray
Harford's men to a 4-2 victory.
Albion's heaviest ever defeat against City
came in May 2013 at Carrow Road when a Steve Clarke-led team lost 4-0, the goals
coming from Snodgrass, Holt, Howson and a Gareth McAuley own goal.
Albion have a good recent league record
against Norwich, winning seven of the last ten meetings between the two clubs.
The Baggies have also won on five of their last six league visits to Carrow Road.
A full fixture history between the two teams can be found here
(Click on game to view)
Saturday 7 December 2013 - Albion 0-2 Norwich City - Premier League - The Hawthorns
Saturday 19 April 2008 - Norwich City 1-2 Albion - League Championship - Carrow Road
Monday 9 April 2007 - Norwich City 1-2 Albion - League Championship - Carrow Road
Wednesday 18 December 1996 - Albion 5-1 Norwich City - League Division One - The Hawthorns
Saturday 13 January 1979 - Norwich City 1-1 Albion - First Division - Carrow Road
Saturday 21 April 1973 - Albion 0-1 Norwich City - First Division - The Hawthorns
LAST LEAGUE MEETING AT THE HAWTHORNS
0-2 Norwich City
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 7th December 2013,
Myhill; Jones, McAuley,
Lugano, Ridgewell (Long HT); Yacob, Mulumbu; Amalfitano (Berahino HT), Sessegnon,
Brunt (c); Anichebe (Vydra 80). Subs not used: L Daniels (gk), Dawson,
Brunt 27 (foul)
Ruddy; Whittaker (Martin 89), Turner, Bassong (c), Olsson; Redmond, Howson,
Johnson, Fer; Hooper (Becchio 89); Elmander (Josh Murphy 75). Subs not used:
Nash (gk), Hoolahan, Garrido, R Bennett.
Hooper 13, Fer 89
Whittaker 53 (foul), Ruddy 74 (time-wasting), Murphy 78 (foul)
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (County Durham)
Norwich bounced back from their
Anfield nightmare as goals from Gary Hooper and Leroy Fer earned them a valuable
win over West Brom at The Hawthorns. Hooper scored the opener in the 13th
minute, smashing an unstoppable drive into the top corner, before Fer finished
off a sharp counter late on to seal a 2-0 victory. West Brom had countless
chances to take at least a point from this game with Stephane Sessegnon twice
failing to convert great opportunities and Shane Long also guilty of being
profligate in front of goal. It is now one win in nine games for the Baggies,
and Steve Clarke's side were booed off at full-time. The midweek hiding against
a Luis Suarez-inspired Liverpool had put Canaries boss Chris Hughton's position
under further scrutiny, but he would have been delighted with the way his side
responded here to secure an away win for just the second time this season.
After starting brightly they
took the lead with a wonderful strike from Hooper. Nathan Redmond fed Fer, who
picked out the striker's run with the aid of a deflection off Diego Lugano's
heel. The angle of the pass was taking Hooper away from goal but he fizzed a
superb strike beyond Boaz Myhill. Albion sought a quick response with Youssouf
Mulumbu, back from suspension, firing straight at John Ruddy after nice link
play with Morgan Amalfitano. The Frenchman's teasing cross from the right then
saw Victor Anichebe get in a header which Ruddy gratefully grasped. Norwich were
being penned in their own half but Johan Elmander should have done better from a
quick break. The Swede's flick on found Hooper, who quickly returned him the
ball. However, Elmander then ignored his better placed strike partner as he
drove forward and saw his shot blocked. The hosts were soon back on the
offensive, with Ruddy tipping a fierce Anichebe shot wide of goal, before
Sessegnon contrived to fail to make any contact with a Chris Brunt corner which
found him unmarked. It summed up West Brom's first half and Clarke made two
changes at the break, bringing on Long and Saido Berahino for Liam Ridgewell
and, surprisingly, Amalfitano.
They helped spark Albion into a
very strong start to the second half and they could have had a penalty when a
Sessegnon shot, after a goalmouth scramble, struck Martin Olsson on the arm as
he made the block. They should have been level in the 52nd minute when Sessegnon
surged past two Norwich defenders into the box, but the Frenchman rolled his
shot wide of the post having beaten the advancing Ruddy. At the other end
Redmond's pace proved too much to handle for
Uruguay defender Lugano, whose vulnerability will doubtless be
noted by England
manager Roy Hodgson, but the winger's pull-back could not find Hooper. Sessegnon
then spurned another chance after Olsson had gifted the ball to him six yards
out, with Ruddy making the save. Long became the latest man to miss for West
Brom a few moments later. Mulumbu's deflected shot fell to him in the area, but
his shot was too tame to beat Ruddy. Mulumbu fizzed an effort wide but all the
home side's pressure came to nothing and they were punished as Redmond found Fer
for the midfielder to cut inside and fire low beyond a flat-footed Myhill with a
Glasgow-born Graham Dorrans joined Albion
from Livingston in the summer of 2008 and went on to make 189 appearances for
the Baggies over the next seven years. He was a vital figure in Roberto Di
Matteo's promotion-winning side of 2010, the midfielder hitting 18 goals in a
memorable season. In February 2015, Dorrans joined the Canaries on loan until
the end of the 2014/15 season, eventually going on to make the move permanent in
May 2015 for a rumoured fee of £3million.
Youssouf Mulumbu joined Albion in February
2009, initially on loan, from French giants Paris Saint-Germain. He made a
permanent move to The Hawthorns in July 2009 for a fee of £175,000. The
Zaire-born midfielder was a key figure as the Baggies finally established
themselves as a Premier League force, making 211 appearances for the club before
leaving for Norwich on a free transfer at the end of the 2014/15 season.
Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom spent the
2014/15 season on loan at The Hawthorns before joining Norwich on a similar deal
for the 2015/16 campaign.
Norwich goalkeeper coach Dean Kiely spent
four years as a player with Albion before moving onto the coaching staff. He
left The Hawthorns in January 2015 following the appointment of Tony Pulis as
Amongst the players to have turned out at various levels for
both clubs are: Mark Barham, Leon Barnett, Geoff Barnsley, Trevor Benjamin, Ron Bradley,
Lee Camp, Paul Crichton, David Cross, John Deehan, Fernando Derveld, Edgar
Duffett, Robert Earnshaw, Jimmy
Edwards, Ken Foggo, Ruel Fox, Asa Hartford, John Hartson, Gerry Howshall,
Andy Johnson, James Lamberton, Lee Marshall, Denis Parnell, Paul Peschisolido, Mike Phelan,
Mel Rees, Colin Suggett,
Billy Taylor, Andy Townsend, Steve Walford and Brian Whitehouse.
Former City player Gary Megson managed both clubs as
did Archie Macaulay and Ron Saunders; Steve Walford,
who spent a brief period on loan at The Hawthorns during 1989, was City's
assistant manager during Martin O'Neill's reign at the club; Albion winger
of the 1950s George Lee was later a trainer / coach at Carrow Road;
Former Albion trainer Dick Graham played for City during World War
2; John Deehan played for both clubs and managed City.
ALL-TIME LEAGUE & CUP RECORD VS NORWICH CITY
TEN MATCHES AGAINST NORWICH CITY
Sat 24 Oct 2015
Wed 23 Sep 2015
Jarvis, Lafferty, Pocognoli (og)
Sat 05 Apr 2014
Sat 07 Dec 2013
Sun 12 May 2013
Snodgrass, Holt, McAuley (og), Howson
Sat 22 Dec 2012
Gera, Lukaku - Snodgrass
Sat 28 Jan 2012
Fortuné - Holt, Jackson
Sat 14 Jan 2012
Long (pen) - Surman, Morison
Sun 11 Sep 2011
Sat 19 Apr 2008
Koren, Gera - Evans (pen)
PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES
Saturday 19th March
12:45pm - Everton v Arsenal.
3:00pm - Chelsea v West Ham United; Crystal Palace
v Leicester City; Watford v Stoke City; Albion v Norwich City.
5:30pm - Swansea City v Aston Villa.
Sunday 20th March
1:30pm - Newcastle United v Sunderland; Southampton
4:00pm - Manchester City v Manchester United;
Tottenham Hotspur v Bournemouth.