One of the more entertaining games on paper in the Premier League this weekend comes from the London Stadium, as West Ham United host Norwich City. West Ham got their first three points of the new season last weekend away to Watford, while Norwich ran Chelsea close before losing at Carrow Road.
West Ham have bounced back well from their opening day trouncing at home to Manchester City, since returning to go unbeaten in each of their next three games in all competitions. Manuel Pellegrini’s team first picked up a 1-1 draw away to Brighton before travelling to Watford last weekend, as a Mark Noble penalty and Sebastien Haller brace inspired them to a 3-1 win at Vicarage Road. It was a particularly encouraging performance from the Hammers, who showed their potential as an attacking threat against the Hornets. In midweek, they sealed a comfortable 2-0 win away to Newport County in the League Cup.
If their first three games of the new Premier League season are anything to go by, Norwich City look set to be one of the most exciting teams to watch in the English top flight in 2019/20. The Canaries have given each of Liverpool, Newcastle and Chelsea issues with their fluidity in attack and although they have only won one of those games, there are plenty of encouraging signs for Norwich fans to take from their early performances. However, they will need to ensure they are turning performances into points and start keeping their opponents out, having already conceded eight goals. That leaves them with the worst defensive record in the league and the team will be looking to bounce back from a League Cup upset against Crawley Town in midweek.
Games involving West Ham and Norwich this season have had a combined 25 goals featured in them already and we are expecting another goal fest in this one.
Given that he has scored five goals in his first three Premier League games, this market represents real value for Teemu Pukki, who has bagged goals against Liverpool and Chelsea, as well as a hat-trick against Newcastle.
Norwich have the worst defensive record in the Premier League, conceding eight goals.
West Ham haven’t lost back-to-back home Premier League games since September 2018.
Teemu Pukki is the Premier League’s leading scorer alongside Raheem Sterling with five goals.
Javier Hernandez (knee) will be assessed ahead of this clash. He is the only injury concern for Manuel Pellegrini, who could name the same starting XI that saw off Watford last Saturday.
Onel Hernandez (knee) is set to miss at least three months of action, while Timm Klose is also a doubt after being subbed off against Crawley Town. Josip Drmic (hamstring) is still on the sidelines.