Norwich v West Ham, Saturday 12:45pm
– Last weekend Norwich fought to the final whistle with a dramatic late goal from Robert Snodgrass denying 10-man Tottenham their first league win of the season. Norwich were outworked by a motivated West Ham, only managing to run for 54.16 miles against the Hammers, their lowest total of the season so far.
– Robert Snodgrass epitomised Norwich’s work ethic against Tottenham running 5.71 miles, more than any other Norwich player and second only to Tottenham’s Jake Livermore with 6.21 miles. Snodgrass’s strike also showcased his current value in front of goal with the recent signing from Leeds having the most total shots of any Norwich player so far this season with 6.
– According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index Simeon Jackson outstripped even Tottenham’s lightning-fast Kyle Walker, recording the highest speed of any player during the game at 21.35mph.
– Anthony Pilkington continues to repay the faith shown in him by Norwich boss Chris Hughton contributing with 10 crosses and 1 assist in his 284 minutes played so far this season.
– Despite Norwich conceding in every Premier League game so far this season, Leon Barnett has continued to showcase his individual defensive consistency at the back. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index rates him as being successful in 71% of his challenges
– West Ham produced a dominant display against Fulham as they won 3-0 at Upton Park with goals from Kevin Nolan, Matthew Taylor and Winston Reid. The result was likely partly attributable to the hard yards put in by the Hammers squad who ran for a total distance of 62.72 miles, the most they’ve ran in any of their three matches for far.
– While Kevin Nolan continues to be the central figure in the West Ham midfield, his discipline has at times been lacking at the start of this season. He has come out on the wrong side of 10 of his 14 challenges so far, conceding 9 fouls along the way. Nolan’s goal against Fulham did showcase his consistency in front of goal though, with his 25% shot to goal conversion rate the best in the Hammer’s squad this season.
– Ricardo Vaz Te has continued to build on his impressive campaign in the Championship last year, being the fastest player on the pitch against Fulham at 21.49mph and contributing with 2 assists already this season.
– The Hammers will also be looking for Mark Noble to be on form against a Norwich team who have been solid at home so far this campaign. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index rates his 72% tackle success rate as the highest in the West Ham squad. Noble has also run for a cumulative distance of 20.02 miles this season, placing him second on the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.