Swansea v Norwich 15:00 Sat
In a battle of the promoted Cities, Paul Lambert’s Norwich will take on Brendan Rodgers’ equally impressive Swansea this weekend as Bet365 make the Jacks odds on favourites, as this fixture may decide who finishes above who at the end of this season.
Both sides have taken 12 points from their last eight league matches and sit side-by-side in the table standings with 9th placed Norwich City just edging it over 10th position Swansea.
The Swans may be two points off the pace of the Canaries who are on 32 points but a win would see the pair swap places providing that Everton don’t stage a goalscoring bonanza shock against Chelsea.
Despite coming up from the Championship in the summer, the duo fully deserve their mid-table places and both look in perfect form to secure their Premier League survival, after a string of impressive performances against the top teams in the Premiership.
That being said, the teams have both ridden mostly on their home forms with Carrow Road and the Liberty Stadium both proving hard places to travel to this campaign.
For this reason, Swansea may have the advantage going into the fixture, with Norwich scoring a measly average of just 0.83 goals per game when playing away from home this season.
This works nicely for Swansea, who have the Premier League’s second best home defence this term and concede just 0.58 goals per game on average when playing at home, and superb recent performances at the Liberty Stadium, including an unlucky draw with Chelsea and a win over Chelsea have drawn praise from around the UK press, and rightly so.
In wingers Scott Sinclair and Nathan Dyer they have players knocking on the England door, and new signing Gilfi Siguurdson looks a cracking addition from Hoffenheim to add some pace to midfield.
Despite this, Norwich ran out 3-1 victors in the reverse fixture in October and Paul Lambert’s men may once again come up with the goods even when the odds seem against them, as striker Grant Holt looks to further his scoring record after turning down a move to Scottish giants Rangers in the January transfer window.