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Watch Live: Norwich City vs. West Bromwich Albion (Lineups and Discuss)

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West Brom can’t afford to repeat last week’s mistakes as they travel to Carrow Road to take on Norwich City (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET online via Live Extra).

Last week against fellow strugglers Cardiff City, West Brom held a 2-1 lead into the 73rd minute, when the visitors equalized. The Baggies must’ve thought they were home free when a goal from Thievy Bifouma sparked celebrations at the Hawthorns. But before the ground had even quieted, Mats Daehli equalized for Cardiff, and the sides were forced to share the spoils.

That leaves West Brom just three points in the clear, although they do still have a game in hand. Norwich, meanwhile, aren’t comfortable either, just six points above the drop. The Canaries do have home field advantage, however, having not lost a match at Carrow Road this calendar year. But considering their lackluster performance in the 3-0 loss at Swansea last weekend, will that advantage really be enough?

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Norwich have made two changes from the side that lost in Wales last time out, with Joseph Yobo coming in for Ryan Bennett, and Gary Hooper replacing Ricky van Wolfswinkel up top.

The visitors have just one change, and, no surprise, it’s a defensive one. Jonas Olsson comes in for Craig Dawson at center back. Is Pepe Mel counting on another early goal from Morgan Amalfitano, coupled with a better defensive display from the Baggies?

LINEUPS

Norwich City: Ruddy; Martin, Yobo, Bassong, Olsson; Snodgrass, Howson, Tettey, Hoolahan; Elmander, Hooper

Subs: Bunn, Whittaker, Johnson, van Wolfswinkel, Gutierrez, Becchio, Redmond.

West Bromwich Albion: Foster, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Amalfitano, Morrison, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Sessegnon, Vydra

Subs: Myhill, Thievy, Berahino, Dawson, O’Neil, Gera, Anichebe

Brad Guzan dons a superhero cape early against Norwich

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The match started off brightly for Aston Villa at Carrow Road. Paul Lambert elected to rely heavily on his attackers once again, and the visitors quickly put the Norwich City defense under pressure. Before a minute had passed, Andreas Weimann had his first chance, but Canaries goalkeeper John Ruddy was able to stop the striker’s sharp shot. Within minutes, Weimann was troubling Norwich again, but this time, his shot hit the post. Christian Benteke was prepared with a followup, but the Belgian was flagged offside.

The tables turned quickly, however, when Norwich were handed a penalty in the sixth minute — literally handed, as Ciaran Clark put out his arm to stop the ball. The Villa defender was probably wishing he’d never returned from injury as Robert Snodgrass stepped up to the spot. Snodgrass sent his shot low and to the right, but a diving Brad Guzan managed to shove the ball out of danger, as the rest of the Villa defense stepped up to contain the damage.

With Guzan regularly bailing his side out time and again, and proving himself adept at saving penalties, it’s hard to believe he won’t be in the running to start between the sticks for the USMNT at the World Cup. Tim Howard is likely looking over his shoulder — will he provide similar heroics against West Ham later on Saturday?

Lineups and Discussion: Norwich City vs. Aston Villa

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It’s just their fifth game of the Premier League season, but it’s already a big game for Aston Villa as they travel to Carrow Road to take on Norwich (7:45 a.m. ET; watch live on NBCSN and online via NBC Sports Live Extra).

The Villans surprised in the first round, beating Arsenal on day one. Had a bit of luck gone their way, they may have taken a point against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but Villa still had tongues wagging about their impressive play. Even against first-place Liverpool, Paul Lambert’s side hung in there, never looking like they were the David fighting an insurmountable Goliath.

Then came last week, at home to Newcastle. The Villa were dreary, stagnant, and stale against a revived Newcastle side, who easily trotted out the 2-1 winners. To avoid subjecting fans to a third straight season fearing the drop, Aston Villa are going to have to turn it around this week against Norwich — or the bedsheets just might start coming out. Unfortunately, Lambert faces a bit of an injury crisis at the back, with Jores Okore ruled out for nine months. Fortunately he’s still got seven, yes seven, healthy forwards, so there will be no backing away from an attacking style of play.

Norwich aren’t doing so hot themselves, having earned just a point more than Villa, a result of week one’s 2-2 draw with Everton. Unfortunately for the Canaries, they’ve scored just one goal since, in their win over Southampton. That victory was sandwiched between two losses, a 1-0 away to Hull City and a less surprising 2-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur last week.

Chris Hughton is looking to rectify his side’s goal deficiency, promising to put more oomph behind the attack. The Norwich manager will be looking to summer signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel to provide the goals, but the supporting cast are going to need to do much better at creating chances for the forward. If the Canaries manage to gel this week, expect a bit of a thriller, with plenty of chances at both ends.

Norwich City Starting XI: Ruddy; Martin, Bassong (c), Turner, Garrido; Snodgrass, Howson, Fer, Redmond; Elmander; van Wolfswinkel

Aston Villa Starting XI: Guzan; Bacuna, Clark, Vlaar (c), Luna; Delph, El Ahmadi, Tonev; Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke

Watch: Top five goals of the Premier League’s third weekend

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There have been better weeks for standout goals, but what the third weekend of the Premier League season lacked in quality, it made up for in significance. While not every goal that made this week’s top five is a game-winner, all played a significant part in sealing weekend results for their scorers’ teams.

This week’s variety also stands out. Whereas some weeks you’ll have three or four long-distance direct kicks, there’s only one this week. One right-footed from open play. One left-footed. One set piece header. Another open play header.

From Carrow Road to Anfield, Eastlands to Selhurst Park, where are the top goals from the third weekend of the Premier League.

Norwich vs. Southampton: Lineups and Discussion

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Southampton travel to Norwich today, hoping to keep their unbeaten streak alive (10 am ET, watch live via NBC Sports Live Extra). The Saints have picked up four points from their first two matches and Mauricio Pochettino’s men are hoping for three in a row against a slightly struggling Norwich side.

Southampton made a good start to the season with a 1-0 away win over West Brom, but were held to a 1-1 draw by Sunderland last week. However, the Saints have something special up their sleeve for Norwich, as they’re handing a debut to new forward Pablo Osvaldo. The Italian international joins from Roma, and his appearance on the pitch could very well bring a dramatic goal…or an elbow to the forehead and an instant red card. Either way, things could get interesting.

Norwich played out a 2-2 thriller against Everton to start off the year, but couldn’t find a goal against Hull City last week, losing 1-0. With just one point to their name, the Canaries are already looking to turn the season around. Chris Hughton is hoping that making a couple of changes to his lineup will help: Johan Elmander makes his full Premier League debut today, while captain Sebastien Bassong also returns after missing the first two matches through injury.

Will Norwich get off the ground today at Carrow Road? Will Southampton make the Canaries sing? Or will it be a dull day all around? Seems unlikely, considering these two’s styles, but tell us what you think.

Lineups

Norwich:  Ruddy; Whittaker, Bassong, Turner, Garrido; Snodgrass, Fer, Johnson, Redmond; Elmander; van Wolfswinkel.

Southampton:  Boruc, Chambers, Fonte, Lovren, Fox, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, Ward-Prowse, Lallana, Osvaldo, Lambert.