Pundit duo Charlie Nicholas and Mark Lawrenson have delivered differing predictions for West Ham United’s crunch trip to Norwich City this lunchtime.
The big game at Carrow Road could have very different outcomes for West Ham and Norwich.
A win for West Ham will give David Moyes’s side one foot in the Premier League next season.
Crunch time for Hammers and Canaries
It would also relegate Norwich back to the Championship at the first time of asking.
West Ham have a poor record at Carrow Road. Although the two teams have not always been in the same division.
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.
And while they disagree on the result, both concur West Ham should survive this season.
Nicholas and Lawro deliver differing predictions for Hammers at Norwich
Nicholas told Sky Sports West Ham must look to take the lead and believes Norwich will crumble.
He predicts a 2-0 win for the Hammers.
“The players are now content with what David Moyes is asking them, and Sebastian Haller all of a sudden knows he is fighting for his place and needs to get his finger out,” Nicholas said on Sky Sports.
“They do still play with too much of a risk at the back but these things alxl mean Moyes is not sitting back anymore. They must go and put personality into the game.
“Brighton had Norwich last week, and if you score first against them they will be ready to accept the consequences. It could happen again in this match. Norwich will give another burst but West Ham will be ready for it.
Pundits agree on West Ham survival
“West Ham, Watford and Brighton will have all pin-pointed this game as one where they must pick up three points, and both Watford and Brighton have done just that. It will be the case for West Ham too and I think they will get through it fairly well.”
Lawro believes West Ham will come away with a 1-1 draw. But he too believes Moyes’s side will be ok this season.
“West Ham lost at home to Burnley but they created enough chances to win that game and it still feels as if they are in better shape than the sides below them,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“A win at Carrow Road would be massive for the Hammers, but even a point would edge them closer to safety.”