Tuesday 11th February 2014
West Ham United vs Norwich City
After a pair of two goal victories, a Kevin Nolan braces, and a trio of clean sheets, West Ham United welcome fellow strugglers Norwich City to the Boleyn.
The Canaries have been in relatively poor form in recent times, and have managed just three victories since they beat the Hammers at Carrow Road back in November.
But they come into this game on the back of a well earned point against Manchester City, and we already know first hand that they have some dangerous players.
That said, Norwich are currently in the middle of a bit of an injury pile up. According to physioroom, there are a potential seven first teamers who could be absent for Tuesday night's game - including dangermen Gary Hooper and Robert Snodgrass.
Should Hooper miss out, it seems likely that Netherlands striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel will come into the side. The Dutchman has managed just one goal since his move from Sporting Lisbon in the summer. This record is almost symptomatic of Norwich strikers this season, with the four forwards managing just 6 league goals between them.
The image below is taken from the new Squawka Comparison Matrix, and compares Hooper, Johan Elmander, van Wolfswinkel and Luciano Becchio's records this season. As you can see, Hooper is the stand out forward of the four, with the most goals, shots and the best shot accuracy.
Other than the frontmen, Norwich possess a few other dangerous players.
One man who stands out is Nathan Redmond. The former Birmingham City winger was wanted by a number of clubs in the summer (a lot of Hammers fans wanted him in Claret and Blue this season), but ended up with the Norfolk side.
The electric winger has stepped up from the Championship seamlessly, attacking fullbacks at will. The England under 21 international has attempted 71 take ons this season, beating his man 38 times in 22 appearances.
And Redmond has end product too. The winger has completed 32 of his 114 attempted crosses (27%), created 27 chances, and nabbed himself three assists.
The wideman has also shown he isn't afraid to have a pop at goal, as demonstrated in the image below. Redmond has hit the target with 45% of his 38 attempts on goal.
The final player to mention is Leroy Fer. The Dutchman has proven to be a key component of the Norwich midfield this season, making 24 appearances, and staying on for the full 90 minutes in 22 of those.
Fer has completed an impressive 84% of his passes this season, created 22 chances, scored three goals, completed 71% of his 38 attempted take ons, and has completed 54 of his 130 attempted tackles.
The midfielder is a real all rounder, and is capable of dictating a game if the opposition allow.
Back in the return game in November, West Ham did just that. Fer completed 43 of his 52 passes, created one goalscoring opportunity, won 4 of his 9 tackles, made two interceptions, was successful with 2 of his 3 take ons, and scored the third goal for Norwich to secure the points.
He ran the show, and was all over the park, as shown by his heat map from that day.
We've hit some good form recently, with big players stepping up to the mark when required. Kevin Nolan, Matt Jarvis and Stewart Downing have linked up well in recent weeks. The current back four have been producing inspired performances. Matthew Taylor appears to have made the position of Mark Noble's partner his own, and Adrián has firmly become a fans favourite after dislodging Jussi Jaaskelainen.
If we can continue this form, there is no reason we can't make it three wins on the spin, and really start climbing the Premier League table.
Head to Head
40% Head to Head Win % 33%
29 Won 24
20 Drawn 20
24 Lost 29
126 Goals Scored 100
100 Goals Conceded 126
W L L D W W Last 6 L L W D L D
7 Goals Scored 2
6 Goals Conceded 7
D L D L L W Home/Away Form W D D L L L
7 Goals Scored 4
12 Goals Conceded 8
Form Player (excl. GK)
(Last 6 League)
George McCartney - Sebastien Bassong
4 Appearances 6
343 Minutes Played 540
138 Sum Squawka Performance Score 141
35 Average Squawka Performance Rating 24
112 Passes Attempted 158
83 Completed 127
74% Success Rate 80%
1 Chances Created 5
0 Assists 0
0 Attempts on Goal 3
0 On Target 1
0 Goals 0
2 Take Ons Attempted 0
1 Successful Take Ons 0
50% Success Rate 50%
9 Tackles Made 9
6 Successful Tackles 4
67% Success Rate 44%
3 Interceptions 11
35 Clearances 53
6 Blocks 4
11 Defensive Actions Per Game 11
9 Aerial Duels 35
7 Won 22
78% Success Rate 63%
0 Defensive Errors 0
0 Leading to a Goal 0
09 November 2013
0-1 Ravel Morrison 32'
1-1 Gary Hooper 54'
2-1 Robert Snodgrass 72'
3-1 Leroy Fer 93'
4-6-0 Starting Formation 4-4-2
Jussi Jääskeläinen - John Ruddy
Guy Demel - Russell Martin
James Collins - Ben Turner
James Tomkins - Ryan Bennett
Rǎzvan Raţ - Marcus Olsson
(87') Mark Noble - Robert Snodgrass
(74') Jack Collison - Leory Fer
Stewart Downing - Jonny Howson
Kevin Nolan - Anthony Pilkington (33')
Ravel Morrison - Johan Elmander
(72') Joe Cole - Gary Hooper (87')
Adrián - Mark Bunn
George McCartney - Steven Whittaker
Joey O'Brien - Sebastien Bassong
(87') Matt Jarvis - Bradley Johnson (87')
(72') Mohamed Diamé - Wesley Hoolahan
Modibo Maïga - Nathan Redmond (33')
(74') Carlton Cole - Luciano Becchio
West Ham United: Joey O'Brien, Mohamed Diamé, Joe Cole
Norwich City: Ryan Bennett, Michael Turner, Elliot Bennett, Jonny Howson, Jonas Gutierrez, Robert Snodgrass, Johan Elmander,
West Ham United: Andy Carroll
Norwich City: n/a
Opposition Last Time Out (League)
vs Manchester City
Goals Scored: 0
Goals Conceded: 0
Starting Formation: 4-2-3-1
Russell Martin Joseph Yobo Sebastien Bassong Martin Olsson
Alexander Tettey Bradley Johnson
Nathan Redmond Leroy Fer Anthony Pilkington (90')
Gary Hooper (68')
Steven Whittaker (90')
Ricky van Wolfswinkel (68')
Best Player: Sebastien Bassong
Squawka Rating: 46
Worst Player: Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Squawka Rating: -31
Top 5's (Min 5 Apps)
Kevin Nolan 6 - 5 Gary Hooper
Carlton Cole 5 - 3 Leroy Fer
Joe Cole 3 - 2 Bradley Johnson
Ravel Morrison 3 - 2 Jonny Howson
Ricardo Vâz Te 2 - 2 Robert Snodgrass
Kevin Nolan 4 - 3 Nathan Redmond
Andy Carroll 3 - 3 Johan Elmander
Matt Jarvis 3 - 1 Gary Hooper
Ravel Morrison 2 - 1 Robert Snodgrass
Stewart Downing 2 - 1 Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Ravel Morrison 86% - 89% Alexander Tettey
Mark Noble 83% - 85% Gary Hooper
Stewart Downing 82% - 84% Jonny Howson
Jack Collison 81% - 84% Leroy Fer
Joe Cole 80% - 83% Sebastien Bassong
Chances Created per game
Stewart Downing 1.8 - 2.8 Robert Snodgrass
Mark Noble 1.6 - 1.2 Nathan Redmond
Matt Jarvis 1.2 - 1.1 Gary Hooper
Kevin Nolan 0.9 - 0.9 Johan Elmander
Ravel Morrison 0.7 - 0.9 Leroy Fer
Successful Dribbles per game
Ravel Morrison 2.1 - 1.7 Nathan Redmond
Mohamed Diamé 2 - 1.4 Wes Hoolahan
Mark Noble 1.3 - 1.3 Anthony Pilkington
Stewart Downing 0.9 - 1.1 Robert Snodgrass
Guy Demel 0.8 - 1.1 Leroy Fer
Tackles per game
Mark Noble 2.5 - 3 Leroy Fer
Mohamed Diamé 2.5 - 1.9 Michael Turner
Kevin Nolan 2.3 - 1.8 Bradley Johnson
James Collins 2 - 1.8 Alexander Tettey
Winston Reid 1.7 - 1.7 Steven Whittaker
Aerial Duels Won per game
James Tomkins 4.3 - 3.8 Ryan Bennett
James Collins 3.6 - 2.6 Michael Turner
Winston Reid 2.8 - 2.5 Robert Snodgrass
Carlton Cole 2.6 - 2.5 Sebastien Bassong
George McCartney 1.5 - 2 Johan Elmander
Sam Allardyce - Chris Hughton
40.6% Current Club Win % 29.7%
50 Won 22
32 Drawn 22
41 Lost 30
39.8% Managerial Career Win % 40.8%
344 Won 91
231 Drawn 64
288 Lost 68
2 League Titles 1
0 Cup Wins 0