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West Ham United v Norwich City – Premier League – London Stadium – Wednesday (7:45pm) – Preview
Emirates FA Cup progress secured and two big Premier League encounters to come – It’s a big week for West Ham United.
Former frontman, Brian Dear was amongst the London Stadium audience overseeing the East Londoners comfortable 2-0 cup triumph over Leeds United and he’s expecting more of the same when struggling Norwich City are the visitors on Wednesday evening.
“I thought we were comfortable in the cup – Far more comfortable than I’d expected,” Dear told Yellow Sport.
“We dominated the game from start to finish, which was surprising as Leeds usually fly out of the traps and give you plenty to think about.
“David Moyes was absolutely right to go with a strong team. The cup is very important to the supporters. We now have a favourable, but a romantic draw at Kidderminster Harriers, from which we should progress further.”
Dear continued: “The cup win keeps the momentum going ahead of Norwich, then Leeds, again, come to us.
“Norwich edged through a tricky tie at Charlton. They’ve lost five on the bounce and are currently bottom of the table. We should win, I expect us to win, but it’s certainly a game to be wary of.
“They’ve found goals hard to come by and have conceded 42. The likes of Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen will fancy adding to their collective tallies. I think their pace and power will be too much for the Canaries.
“Teemu Pukki will provide the threat. But having scored just eight goals all season and already looking nailed on for relegation, this has to be three points for the Hammers.”
Dear concluded: “Of course, we mustn’t take it as a given. Southampton tripped us up over Christmas. A little reminder that we’re not the finished article. But once again, if we harbour ambitions of a top-six finish, then we need to be winning these types of matches and winning them comfortably.”
Brian Dear’s prediction: West Ham United 3-1 Norwich City
Jeevesie’s prediction: West Ham United 3-0 Norwich City