Norwich v Everton, Sat 15:00
Everton’s trip to Carrow Road promises to bring a turgid affair between two sides that have survived on opposite aspects of their play to establish themselves as top half candidates this season, as Victor Chandler offer long odds on David Moyes’s side to take all three points back to Goodison Park.
Whereas the Canaries have relied on their scoring capabilities of Grant Holt to bring them results this campaign, Everton can thank a solid backline for their respectable position of seventh, meaning that an unstoppable force certainly may meet an immovable object in Norfolk this weekend.
Norwich have scored an average of 1.53 goals per game when playing with home advantage this season and it’s more than likely that a difference of just one score could settle this encounter with the Toffees managing an average of just one goals per game in unfamiliar territory.
However, as aforementioned, it’s Everton’s defence that has made them such stern opposition this campaign and a clean sheet percentage of 27% when away from home certainly makes the Merseysiders a hard outfit to break down.
David Moyes’ men have lost just twice in their last ten outings across all competitions and with Liverpool spiralling down the table, a seventh-placed finish now seems very obtainable.
However, Norwich may be sitting in twelfth spot but with just four points between them and Everton, a top half finish is also a realistic target.
Paul Lambert’s side have dropped off of late in terms of winning form and have lost seven of their last ten fixtures.
Leon Osman, Jack Rodwell, Royston Drenthe and Seamus Coleman have all been injured in recent weeks but will be striving to return to fitness in time for the weekend clash.
For the hosts, Marc Tierney, James Vaughan, Anthony Pilkington, Decland Rudd and Daniel Ayala all seem prepared to undergo late fitness tests so that they can star in the game, while Grant Holt will make a welcome return to the Canaries starting line up, as Paul Lambert looks to finish off the season in style.