West Ham head to Norwich looking to respond from European heartbreak

West Ham travel to the Carrow Road and face already relegated side Norwich City and aim to get back to winning ways after losing to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday in the Europa League.

Despite the Hammers missing out on the Europa League final, they have a chance to close in on 6th place Manchester United who are currently six points ahead and have a game in hand. Wolves are also just two points behind as West Ham look to hold on to their Conference League place.

The Irons will be looking towards Jarrod Bowen to score on Sunday, who has been key for the Hammers this season scoring ten goals and eight assists in 33 appearances.

West Ham duo Craig Dawson and Issa Diop in action vs Norwich

Craig Dawson of West Ham United in action during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Norwich City at London Stadium on January 12, 2022.

Michail Antonio netted four goals in one match the last time he played at Carrow Road. He has not scored a Premier League goal in some time but against a leaky Norwich defence, it could be the perfect game for him to re-find he shooting boots.

Declan Rice is in the headlines for his comments about the Europa League referee however, he will be focused on this big game. He is a force to be reckoned with as he has controlled the middle for West Ham this season and has registered four assists in the Premier League.

However, changes could be made as rotation is needed after all the energy poured into the Europa League so Mark Noble could come into the side. He has performed exceptionally well in his last season before retirement averaging  85 touches per match and a high 87% pass accuracy rate.

Even though Norwich haven’t had the best of seasons, a player to watch is Kosovan international Milot Rashica. It is also very difficult to not mention Teemu Pukki when it comes to Norwich as he is the top scorer for the Canaries with ten goals and four assists and will be a threat to the Hammers defence.

West Ham manager David Moyes wants to have the players focus on the match against Norwich despite the heartbreaking loss to Eintracht Frankfurt and said:

“We play Thursday and Sunday, so we have to quickly turn ourselves back around and get ready for the game”.

Moyes also explained how crucial it is to win the remaining matches in the Premier League as he hopes to see the Hammers in Europe next season.