West Ham can consign Norwich back to the Championship while boosting their own survival hopes in Saturday’s early Premier League game (Norwich 11/4, draw 11/4, West Ham EVS – Match Betting).
The Hammers head to rock-bottom Norwich on Saturday for a 12:30 kick-off in the hope of taking a big step towards securing their top-flight status.
West Ham (6/1 – To be relegated) have shown signs of improvement over recent weeks, beating Chelsea and drawing with Newcastle, however, they head to Carrow Road on the back of a 1-0 loss at home to Burnley in midweek.
That loss to the Clarets leaves David Moyes’ men sitting 16th in the standings and just three points clear of the relegation zone with four games left to play.
Saturday’s trip to Norwich, who will be relegated if they lose, offers the perfect opportunity to add a crucial three points to their tally.
Andriy Yarmolenko feels Norwich are better than their league position suggests but is confident they can get the job done.
“Norwich are a good team. It’s a big surprise they are bottom of the league, but we don’t need to think about Norwich’s situation,” he told West Ham’s official website.
“We have to think about our own game, and we know what we need to do. I think if we play well, we will win, because we need these three points.”
Meanwhile, Watford host Newcastle in the other 12:30 match on Saturday (Watford 5/6, Draw 13/5, Newcastle 19/5 – Match Betting) with further interest around the relegation zone.
The Hornets (4/1 – To be relegated) are level on points with West Ham but sit one place below the Hammers due to an inferior goal difference.
Watford picked up a first win since returning to action when beating Norwich last time out and will be keen to keep that momentum going against Newcastle.
Head coach Nigel Pearson has warned his players about the dangers of getting caught up in what their rivals are doing and wants to see the focus on their own game.
He told Watford’s official website: “What we’ve got to do is try to detach ourselves from the picture that’s out there in the world of the media and the fans, and we’ve got to just be able to deliver performances which enable us to pick enough points up.”