Norwich v Man Utd 13:30 Sun
Despite the fact that his side have only failed to score at three home league matches this season, Paul Lambert’s Norwich City are still long odds with Bet365 as they face the difficult task of overcoming Manchester United when they host the English giants today.
The Canaries go into the fixture with the third best form in the Premier League, gaining four wins one loss and one draw in their last six league outings.
Just above them, but with identical win ratio in their last six league matches, come Sunday’s visitors United, who will be seeking to claim an edge over their mid-table opposition this weekend after recording an away win.
One statistic Norwich City won’t want to pay too much attention to is the fact that the Red Devils have the sternest away defence in the English top flight, conceding just 0.83 goals per game on average this season.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side aren’t bad going forward either and are second only to league leaders Manchester City in terms of away attack, scoring on average two goals per game when playing away from Old Trafford this campaign.
The English giants are constantly striving to keep up with rivals City and only after the Citizen’s Saturday fixture against Blackburn, will we know if United are still trying to keep up with or leapfrog their city rivals on Sunday.
With Premier league survival almost certain, Norwich can now concentrate on trying to cement a mid-table spot and should they win over Manchester United this weekend, the East Anglian outfit will stay ahead of Sunderland, regardless of their outcome against West Brom.
Paul Lambert is sure to recall defender Zak Whitbread after a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring strain, while Wayne Rooney will miss the trip with a throat infection.
Rio Ferdinand should return in the heart of the united defence after a midweek rest while Tom Cleverly is struggling with an ankle problem sustained in the defeat to Ajax midweek.