West Brom-Norwich City Preview

The Associated Press

Chris Hughton is hoping to give Norwich home supporters something to shout about during Saturday's match against West Bromwich Albion at Carrow Road.

Norwich (8-8-16) slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Swansea City last weekend, leaving them six points above the relegation zone, and Canaries manager Hughton believes a noisy home crowd will help his side overcome the Baggies - also in need of points to safeguard their Premier League future themselves.

"The atmosphere at Carrow Road has been excellent - it's been a difficult place for teams to come, and we have to make sure it's the same on Saturday," Hughton told the Norwich website. "They'll get behind the team anyway, they always do, but to create that type of atmosphere we've got to be playing well enough and be determined enough for the supporters to like what they see.

"They're a team that's fighting with us to keep a good position in this league, and they've got some very good players so we can't afford to underestimate them."

Norwich are unbeaten in their last six home matches - with three wins and three draws - and kept clean sheets in five of those games.

West Brom (5-14-12) are fourth from bottom and only three points clear of the drop zone after winning just one of their last 13 league matches.

To make matters worse, under-pressure Baggies boss Pepe Mel has a serious dressing room issue to deal with in addition to sorting out Albion's on-field problems.

The Baggies looked to be heading for a much-needed home victory against fellow strugglers Cardiff City last Saturday when Thievy Bifouma's last-minute goal gave then a 3-2 lead, before the Welsh side grabbed an equaliser through Mats Moller Daehli deep into stoppage time after Albion striker Saido Berahino lost possession of the ball.

There was a fracas in the Baggies dressing room after the match during which Berahino was reportedly punched by teammate James Morrison after failing to apologise for his late error.

In a post-match interview, Mel said Berahino's decision to look for a fourth goal rather than run to the corner cost his side two points.

However, Mel has since tried to diffuse a potentially damaging internal problem by insisting Berahino will play an important role for the Baggies in their remaining matches.

"I've been impressed with Saido, he's worked very well this week," Mel said. "In addition to being an excellent player, he is also intelligent. He has shown this in training. And I'm sure he will continue to show this.

"I've spoken to him throughout the week. He is very positive. He will be important to us in the final seven games."

Norwich defender Joseph Yobo faces a late fitness test after missing the loss at Swansea last week with a calf injury.

West Brom have been boosted by news that Victor Anichebe is fit to face the Canaries after shaking a hamstring injury, but Claudio Yacob, Billy Jones (both hamstring) and Chris Brunt (knee) remain sidelined. Centreback Jonas Olsson is available after suspension.

Norwich beat West Brom 2-0 at The Hawthorns in December with a 13th-minute goal from Gary Hooper and an 89th-minute insurance goal from Leroy Fer.

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