The latest SqueakyBumTime.com Norwich v Everton odds, as Roberto Martinez takes his first Premier League in charge of the Toffees.
Ambitious Norwich City have a number of concerns ahead of the opening day clash with face Everton at Carrow Road.
Chris Hughton has been one of the league’s biggest spenders this summer with strikers Gary Hooper and record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel both arriving in Norfolk along with one-time Toffee’s target Leroy Fer.
Highly-rated youngster Nathan Redmond, Blackburn defender Martin Olsson and Javier Garrido were also signed as Hughton broke the £20 million mark.
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the sextet, only former Sporting Lisbon star van Wolfswinkel, Martin Olsson and Javier Garrido is likely to feature with Redmond likely to be on the bench, Fer carrying over a suspension from his time in Holland and Hooper suffering a shin injury in 2-0 friendly win over Panathinaikos, although scans revealed his shin injury may not be as bad as first feared.
Anthony Pilkington is another doubt due with a knee injury that forced him out of the Ireland squad for the trip Wales and he is set joined on the side-lines by Argentine striker Luciano Becchio suffered concussion during a recent development squad tie.
Club captain Sebastien Bassong is set to return after recovering from knee surgery during the summer while highly-rated youngster Nathan Redmond, Martin Olsson, Javier Garrido could all feature
Everton meanwhile usher in a new era with Roberto Martinez taking over from David Moyes during the summer.
The former Wigan boss arrives with a reputation for playing attractive football but on the back of a mixed campaign last season that saw the joy of a FA Cup success undone by relegation from the Premier League.
The Spaniard has made a number of signings during the summer but his biggest challenge to date has been holding onto star pair Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines.
So far Martinez has held his ground and he will be able to call on the services of Fellaini after the Belgian played the full 90 minutes in his country’s 0-0 draw with France.
Fellaini could start with doubts over the fitness of Darron Gibson. The Derry man faces a late fitness test to assess a knee injury.
Full-back Tony Hibbert is out as is summer signing Antolin Alcaraz with a hamstring injury.
Fellow signings Arouna Koné, who scored the winner for Wigan in last season’s 1-0 over Wigan, and on loan Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu are two to watch for the Tofffee’s as Martinez bids to get off to a winning start.
Norwich City have a good recent record against Saturday’s visitors and undefeated in their last four meetings. Last season goals from Kei Kamara and the now departed Grant Holt saw the Canaries come from behind to win 2-1.
Trips to Carrow Road and opening day fixtures do not appear to sit well with Everton as they have lost seven of their last 10 opening day games and have not won at Carrow Road since 2004.