Norwich City v West Brom Preview

Norwich City v West Brom Preview

140 years old and Football League founding members, West Bromwich Albion find themselves back in the Championship after an eight year spell in the top flight and visit Carrow Road this weekend.

They kicked off with a 2-1 home defeat to Bolton with Yanic Wildschut scoring the winner.

Not a great start, though I do admire the gentlemanly approach from their manager and ex player Darren Moore.

Arguably the best story that came out last weekend was the introduction of their new mascot 'Boilerman'. I hope he turns up at the Carra as the Bolton fans enjoyed the banter with the pretend metal box complete with arms and legs.

Midweek, they managed to rescue a draw in the 87th minute away at big spending Nottingham Forest in a game where the 'Tricky Trees' dominated the attempts to score.

Also on the City of Yellows Blog:

  • Why has Yanic not been a success?
    Based on the performances of the goal shy Canary footballers this season, I am a little surprised to see that Yanic Wildschut hasn’t claimed a regular shirt this season and now looks to be off to league rivals.
  • First week roundup
    With the haunting fact that before Saturday, Norwich City had only completed one victory in the last 15 attempts for the opening fixture, the omens did not look good.
  • Sit or stand?
    Today we still have a choice, a limited one which I accept from when I first went to a game at the ‘Carra’. We know where we can sit, where we must stand and where the mix of the two co-exist.

Key leavers for the baggies have been James McClean to Stoke, Jonny Evans to Leicester, Rondon to Newcastle in exchange for Dwight Gayle on loan and Gareth McAuley who is yet to find a club. They have 10 new additions, namely keeper Sam Johnstone from ManUre, centre back Kyle Bartley from Swansea and left back Conor Townsend from Scunthorpe.

The other two to drop down had mixed results with Leeds stuffing Stoke and Swansea beating Sheffield United away.

The forums have been stirring regarding the club boasting their new partnership with Suffolk brewer and previous Ipswich shirt and stand sponsor in 'Greed King' a decision made more strange with the sponsorship of the Barclay Stand by Woodbastwick and Norfolk based brewer Woodfordes.

I can remember the challenge 'The Digital Phone Company' had on becoming City's shirt sponsor.

The company’s Ipswich branch then witnessed cancelled phone contracts and boycotting of the shop. I suggest that the already high bar prices and new bar offerings will not assist the majority of fans to change from drinking in the City before making the late journey to the ground?

My optimism is still fairly high and with that I predict a 2-1 home victory for Norwich.

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