Premier League

Norwich City-West Ham United Preview

Following a rough opener, West Ham United have nicely find some solid form.

The Hammers look to push their top-flight undefeated run to three games on Saturday when they welcome Premier League newcomers Norwich City to London Stadium.

West Ham (1-1-1) were pummeled 5-0 by reigning champions Manchester City at home to open the season. However, they followed with a 1-1 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion and then handed reeling Watford a 3-1 defeat on the road last weekend. In the latter, Mark Noble opened the scoring via a third-minute penalty conversion, and with the match leveled at 1-1, Sebastien Haller recorded a second-half brace to lead West Ham to their first victory of 2019-20.

That's not to mention the Hammers also earned a mid-week victory over Newport County in League Cup play. With that momentum built up over all competitions, the focus for West Ham remains on maintaining this current run of form and winning for the first at home, where they were 9-4-6 last season.

"Confidence is high in our team," manager Manuel Pellegrini told West Ham's official website. "Now, we must return here, at home, and try to win and get three points. I always say to the players before a game that we must demonstrate from the first minute that we are coming for the three points.

"We now have to play Norwich in the Premier League and, of course, the Premier League is the most important competition."

West Ham are 1-2-0 in the last three meetings versus Norwich, with the most recent coming in the Premier League during the 2015-16 campaign.

After being roughed up 4-1 by Liverpool in their Premier League return, Norwich (1-0-2) won 3-1 at home over Newcastle United the following week. However, the Canaries took a step back with last Saturday's 3-2 loss to Chelsea.

Twice against the Blues, Norwich equalised on goals from Todd Cantwell and Teemu Pukki, but the host conceded the go-ahead score in the 69th minute. The Canaries' collective confidence also took a bit of a hit with this week's loss at Crawley Town in League Cup action.

"We have a really important game (Saturday). We have to look forward to that now," midfielder Patrick Roberts told Norwich's official website. "Look at what we need to improve. We need to take that into Saturday and go again, that's all we need to do."

The eight goals Norwich have allowed are the most in the Premier League through the first three weeks of the season. The Canaries' back-end might also be in for another busy day with news that veteran Chicharito is fit and expected to play for West Ham on Saturday.

Pukki, meanwhile, has scored five of Norwich City's six goals in Premier League action. That ties him with Manchester City's Raheem Sterling for the league lead.

Updated August 29, 2019

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