Victory for either West Bromwich Albion or Norwich City at the Hawthorns will be enough to move the winner closer to the top half, and the loser looking over their shoulders.
West Brom will be disappointed at their failure to severely test Manchester City on Wednesday, although they kept going until the end and managed to pull two goals back. That result came after a below par performance at Newcastle United, and it leaves the Baggies without a Premier League victory for over a month. While there is undoubted quality in this Albion side, they cannot afford to lose this one.
Steve Clarke’s men will fancy their chances against a Norwich side who felt the familiar feeling of being disturbed by Luis Suarez, the Liverpool striker netting four on this occasion, leaving the Canaries with the worst defensive record away from home in the Premier League, and they could still be smarting from the pain they were subjected to at Anfield when they visit the West Midlands.
The home side welcome back Youssouf Mulumbu from a one match ban, but Jonas Olsson picked up his fifth booking of the season on Wednesday, and will miss out, which could mean a first Premier League start for Diego Lugano.
Norwich are still without striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel, and wingers Elliott Bennett, Anthony Pilkington, and Robert Snodgrass.
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