West Brom striker Victor Anichebe set to be fit to face Norwich City

Norwich City defender Michael Turner battles with West Brom striker Victor Anichebe during City's 2-0 win at The Hawthorns in December. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City defender Michael Turner battles with West Brom striker Victor Anichebe during City's 2-0 win at The Hawthorns in December. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Thursday, April 3, 2014
11:29 AM

Norwich City look likely to come up against one of the feared “big strikers” who have terrorised their back four this season.

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A week after Swansea’s Wilfried Bony did to City what Rickie Lambert and Christian Benteke had already done – scored – the Canaries defence are preparing to face 6ft 3in Victor Anichebe.

The former Everton striker is winning his battle for fitness for Saturday’s six-pointer at Carrow Road, having been sidelined with a hamstring problem suffered in the Baggies’ defeat at Hull almost two weeks ago.

The news will come as a boost for West Brom boss Pepe Mel, especially after tabloid headlines claiming that Saido Berahino had suffered a head injury after clashing with at least one senior player following the 3-3 draw with Cardiff.

A statement from The Hawthorns played down the incident, claiming the 
matter had been resolved, but it will have been an 
unwanted distraction from the task in hand for Mel, whose team are three points and two places below 15th-placed City in the table.

The Baggies will have their full capacity of 2,500 travelling fans at Carrow Road, with the club laying on free coach travel for up to 2,000 supporters.

With Cardiff’s late equaliser still fresh in his mind, Mel says he is more determined than ever to get something out of the 
weekend trip to Norfolk.

“The next game is always the most important game – but particularly after the bitter feeling we had on Saturday,” he said.

The Spaniard has Jonas Olsson available after a two-match ban, with Chris Brunt, Billy Jones and Claudio Yacob all due to return to training this week, although a more likely comeback game for the trio will be a week later, at home to Spurs.

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14 comments

  • This is el dingo`s `Sum of all Fears` - that big, physical and clever front-man back to beat-up our back four. No dithering around with this guy. Though he`s not the most subtle of players, perhaps Michael Turner is the man for this task? We used to have a big, clever and physical front-man. Holt? Or was it Wolfswinkel? I just hope Chrissy doesn`t do something totally contralogical, like bringing back David Fox to deal with Anichebe.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Spot on, GossVolley, that is the worry. Is Turner going to be `up to speed`? I fear there may be no choice the way the other CBs have been performing lately. Is Yobo fit?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Agree with Codger8, I'm hoping he goes with Hooper and has Elmander and Hoolahan in there to try and provide some opportunities. Redmond would be on my team sheet too....

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    GossVolley

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Yes, it`s a must-win, Matt. The 500 eschewing free travel are not the hoi polloi, you see, Matt. They are the upmarket WBA fans who wouldn`t be seen dead on a PSV. There are actually loads of posh people even in West Bromwich. You`ll see them camped along the Riverside with their picnic hampers containing prawn sandwiches, páté de foie gras, to be washed down with bottles of Banks`s Mild.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • This one game where a home draw would suit City more than WBA. However, if CH pland to send his team out with a " don't lose " attitude, they will lose. Citys defence is not good enough to stand up to sustained attack. The biggest question mark over City is whether a striker can score a goal. At htis level chances are few and far between. It is obvious that the srikers are missing the ones that do come along. Whether it is lack of confidence or ability at this level, the result is the same. No goals. Will Rip score this weekend to double his tally? Lets hope so.

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    norman hall

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Great news just what we need for a must win game. It wouldn't be a story if we had a solid defence. Strange how CH used to be a defender and yet we have one of the worst records in the league. We'd be up near Southampton or Newcastle on points if we could defend a lead.

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    Oz Canary

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • At this stage, and as has long been the case - you have long known this yourself, Matt - Hughton`s priority is covering his own rear. A sad apology of a manager. With a nice pay-packet. Please go, Chrissy.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • While I feel the fans for the majority have been harsh on RVW I cant help thinking Hughtons put himself into a tricky situation this weekend. Drop RVW and the very last little tiny bit of confidence he had will be destroyed. However we cant keep waiting forever and ever for him to get that elusive goal that will spark him into life again. That being said I still sit firmly in the party believe RVW will come good but under another manager who plays to his strengths. Only problem is we've never really been a side even before Hughton who plays to the strengths of a fox in the box type player. Hooper isnt a saint either as hes hardly set the world on fire when hes had a chance. Just got to hope we muddle through the rest of this season and find goals from our usual source under Hughton....set pieces.....step forward Snoddy & the centre backs.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Dunno if a draw would suit me considering we plan on getting zero points and no showing fulham, likely get our usually hammering against Liverpool, can count on being the one team to go to Man Utd and make them feel like the old Utd, lose respectably 2-0 to Chelsea (hopefully if not worse) and then AFC is a who knows depending whether they've confirmed a top 4 finish. Seeing as thats all they care about + cup final possibly to think of.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • If I personally had to pick right now I would go with Ruddy, Olsson, Martin, Bassong, Yobo, Tettey, Howson, Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Elmander, Hooper or RVW (neithers exactly on form if were honest and stop hating on RVW for two mins. Not fussed either way. Neither suit Hughtons style anyway). Subs: Bunn, Jonas, Redmond, Hooper or RVW, Johnson, Turner, Becchio. Not my ideal line up but similar to Sunderland line up and focus has to be on the threat WBA could or couldnt pose. Centre backs wise they are giants. The own goal machine & Olsson will likely be together. Elmander needs to do the dirty work and give them as good as he gets leaving which ever striker plays a bit more freedom. I dont for a second think hughton will start Wes. Just cant see. Against our key rivals I feel hes vital though but thats just my opinion.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Feel sorry for the 500 not getting free coach travel. Poor brummies....opps sorry WBA fans aint brummies so they always remind me. dunno if this has been said yet, so dont shoot me down but this is a real 'must win'!

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • It will be interesting to see which centre back pairing we go with....if he had not been out for so long I'd be tempted to say Michael Turner come on down!

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    GossVolley

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Wouldn.t let the Wolf anywhere near the team this week, it has to be Hooper or bust !

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    codger8

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • I reckon at a guess they kept Yobo back last week as a precaution for this crunch game.. if so a wise move as he tightens things up next to Bassong which is the managers favourite pairing I think...

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    GossVolley

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

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