West Ham United will secure their third win on the bounce when they entertain Norwich City on Saturday.

West Ham have slowly improved since the opening day drubbing at the hands of Manchester City.

A draw at bogey side Brighton was followed up by a 3-1 win at Watford and professional 2-0 victory over Newport County in the Carabao Cup in midweek.

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Improving Hammers entertain plucky Norwich

Manuel Pellegrini’s side entertain plucky Norwich at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

A win for the Hammers would send the East Londoners into the international break in great spirits.

Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas is in agreement with BBC Sport counterpart Mark Lawrenson that West Ham will emerge victorious.

Because both believe the Hammers will expose the newly-promoted side’s defensive weakness and naivety.

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Pundits back Pellegrini to exploit naive Canaries

“Norwich are really good to watch… they have strong defensive frailties though,” Nicholas told Sky Sports when predicting a 3-2 win for the hosts.

 

“Max Aarons and Jamal Lewis have pace to burn… the two youngsters are good players but this can leave their defence vulnerable.

“They need more quality and protection in midfield, which means they will leak a lot of goals. This will be a treat to watch.”

Lawrenson foresees a 2-0 win for West Ham for the same reason.

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‘You get punished in this league’

“My great worry about Norwich is defensively, they have conceded eight goals,” he told BBC Sport.

“You get so heavily punished in this league… you just worry about them away from home. If you are not right on it, you get punished.”

Let’s hope both have called it right.

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