West Brom v Norwich
Saturday, 16 October
Kick-off: 1500 BST
West Brom replace the suspended Darren Purse with Darren Moore and Riccardo
Scimeca pushes into midfield to cover Neil Clement, who is also banned.
Andy Johnson (back), Paul Robinson (knee and flu) and Kanu (ankle) are all
expected to be fit.
West Brom (from): Hoult, Kuszczak, Scimeca, Moore, Contra, Gaardsoe,
Albrechtsen, Robinson, Haas, Greening, Koumas, Gera, Johnson, Kanu,
Horsfield, Earnshaw, Sakiri, Dobie, A Chambers.
a.. WEST BROMWICH ALBION and Norwich meet for a first ever Premiership
fixture. The two promoted clubs have not enjoyed the most auspicious of
starts - Norwich are the only club yet to pick up a Premiership win, while
Albion secured their first maximum of the season, home to Bolton last time
a.. The Baggies are unbeaten at home, and have failed to score in only one
of their eight League outings, but have not managed to keep a clean sheet.
Gary Megson is anxious for victory against his former club.
a.. The west Midlanders have won the last two corresponding fixtures against
Norwich in the Nationwide First Division, both by 1-0 margins.
a.. NORWICH CITY have not scored in their last three League meetings with
West Brom, and between them the pair have dropped 36 points so far in this
a.. The Norfolk club head for the Black Country in search of a first Premier
League victory on the road since December 1994, which could lift them off
the foot of the table.
a.. The Canaries last won at the Hawthorns on 14 October 2000, when they
finished the better by the odd goal in five.
Phil Crossley (Kent)
a.. Phil Crossley is the latest addition to the Select Group of Referees,
and takes charge of his first Premiership game.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
16th 7 points
Highest realistically achievable after Saturday's games: 12th
Lowest could fall: BOTTOM
a.. Albion became the first of the promoted sides in the Premiership this
season to win.
a.. Recorded only one win in 11 League games (Premiership and old Division
a.. Drawn six of the last ten top flight matches.
a.. Looking for only an eighth win from 47 Premiership games.
a.. Picked up 38 Premiership points from 46 games.
a.. Seeking a fifth home victory in their Premiership history.
a.. Won only one home Premiership match this season. Only one club -
Norwich - are worse off with no wins at home.
a.. Looking to extend an unbeaten home run in all competitions this season
to five games.
a.. Won one and drawn three home League games this season.
a.. Failed to keep a clean sheet in all nine League and Cup matches this
season, eight of which were Premiership games.
a.. One of two clubs still to register a clean sheet in the Premiership this
season. The other is Portsmouth.
a.. Gone 11 League games since a block-out and 23 Premiership outings since
keeping the opposition at bay (0-0 at Leeds on 18 January 2003).
a.. Failed to score in one Premiership game. Only Arsenal have scored in
a.. Played more League games in total than any other of the present
Premiership clubs. This will be their 4,233rd.
a.. Two points worse off than at this identical stage in their first and
only previous Premiership campaign, the season before last. Then they also
picked up just nine points after the first nine games.
a.. At their most vulnerable in the middle quarter hour of the second half
of Premiership games. Five of the 13 Premiership goals conceded have been
shipped in that 15 minute segment.
20th 5 points
Highest realistically achievable after Saturday's games: 14th
Lowest could fall: STAY AT THE FOOT
a.. Not won in eight Premiership outings (five draws, three defeats).
a.. Drawn three of the last four League games.
a.. Not won in 16 Premiership matches.
a.. Drawn six and lost ten in the Premiership, since beating Ipswich 3-0 at
home on 20 March 1995.
a.. Won only one of the last 28 Premiership games spanning nine years.
a.. Five points from a possible 24 is the club's worst ever start to a
Premier League season. The Canaries previous lowest points tally from the
first eight games was more than double the current total (12).
a.. Scored seven goals in eight top flight engagements. Only Tottenham
(five) and Southampton (six) have scored fewer goals.
a.. One of four clubs to have conceded as many as 14 goals in the top tier.
The others are Charlton, Blackburn and Crystal Palace.
a.. The only remaining club to have scored first in just one Premiership
game this season.
a.. The Premiership club to boast the highest number of players to have
appeared in every one of the club's League and Cup games so far this season
a.. Third bottom in the Premiership's Last Six Current Form table with four
points, trailed only by Fulham (four points) and Southampton (two).
a.. Drawn two and lost two League games on the road so far in this campaign.
a.. Not won in 15 top flight away games.
a.. Drawn four and lost 11 on their Premiership travels since beating
Crystal Palace 0-1 in south London on 17 December 1994.
a.. Not scored nor conceded in the first 15 minutes of Premiership games
this term. Also, yet to net in the last quarter-hour of a top flight
a.. Used fewer players in the Premiership than any other club (16).
KEY PLAYER NOTES/POTENTIAL MILESTONES
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
a.. Lee MARSHALL started his professional career with Norwich.
a.. If selected, Rob HULSE will be making his 150th career League
a.. Suspended: Neil CLEMENT, Darren PURSE
a.. If involved, Damien FRANCIS will be making his 50th League appearance
a.. If he plays, Gary HOLT will be making his 150th League appearance for
a.. If he turns out, Matt SVENSSON will be making his 200th club career
HEAD TO HEAD TOTALS
League: WBA 15 wins, Norwich 11, Draws 12
Prem: WBA 0 wins, Norwich 0, Draws 0
HEAD TO HEAD at WBA
League: WBA 10 wins, Norwich 4, Draws 5
Prem: WBA 0 wins, Norwich 0, Draws 0