West Ham United travel to Norwich City on Saturday for a game which could have very different outcomes for both sides.

A win for West Ham will give David Moyes’s side one foot in the Premier League next season.

And it would also relegate Norwich back to the Championship.

West Ham have an abysmal record at Carrow Road, skewed slightly by the fact the two teams have not always been in the same division.

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Norwich is a must-win for Hammers

West Ham looked to have turned a corner with victory over Chelsea and a draw at Newcastle.

But a 1-0 defeat to Burnley last time out has set nerves jangling again.

It is a must win game for Moyes. West Ham can stretch six points clear of Bournemouth and seven clear of Aston Villa with a victory.

The advantage will be more like seven and eight points though given West Ham’s vastly superior goal difference.

Nobody except perhaps Jarrod Bowen shone for West Ham against Burnley.

The Hammers looked tired and leggy.

 

Norwich will go into the game with nothing to lose and that could be dangerous for West Ham.

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Moyes to decide between Yarmo and Fornals for bench duty

With Sebastien Haller back and Michail Antonio starting to look worryingly leggy, Moyes is set to switch to a 442 formation and make just one change.

Haller will come back in for his first start of the restart alongside Antonio up front.

And he will likely replace either Pablo Fornals or Andriy Yarmolenko.

If Fornals drops out Jarrod Bowen will switch over to the left – even though he operates better on the right.

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One change from Moyes and a switch to 442?

But if Yarmolenko is dropped, Bowen will go back out on the right hand side with Fornals on the left.

Moyes will undoubtedly be tempted to drop both fullbacks Ryan Fredericks and Aaron Cresswell. But now is not the time to be bringing in players who haven’t kicked a ball in anger for months.

Arthur Masuaku is just as defensively inept as Cresswell while Fredericks’s back-up Ben Johnson has not played a single minute for months.

Some would argue they might be fresher. But rustiness could cost West Ham just as dear at this critical stage.

Mark Noble will once again be on the bench.

Predicted West Ham starting XI for Norwich:

Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Bowen, Yarmolenko, Antonio, Haller.

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