Stoke City v Norwich City 15:00 Sat
Just two points off one another in the English top flight, both Stoke and Norwich City can essentially switch table places on Saturday with three points as Betfred make Tony Pulis’s side odds on favourites to pick up the three points at the Britannia.
In what has been a rollercoaster season for the Canaries, Norwich surprisingly find themselves in the heady heights of eighth place and could climb to within a point of Liverpool if they were to record an away win on Saturday.
Paul Lambert’s side can take pride in their performance against Manchester United last weekend and although they may have suffered a home loss to the Red Devils, the team have won three of their last six outings and drawn one also.
Stoke on the other hand have the second worst form in the Premier League after winning one and drawing one of their last six fixtures, losing the other four.
The Potters made the Brittania Stadium a fortress last year and although this campaign has told a slightly different story, Tony Pulis’ outfit still have the eighth best home defence in the Premier League this season, conceding just 1.08 goals per game on average.
Robert Huth will be welcomed back into the starting fold following his three match ban while Glenn Whelan picked up a slight knock playing for the Republic of Ireland midweek.
The game promises to be a tight one though as Norwich go into the encounter with the sixth best attacking record when playing away from Carrow Road, and will be confident of a result after their victory at Swansea in their last Premiership away trip.
Both squads will be hoping to tie down at least a mid-table finish by season’s end, however can still dream bigger with some of the league’s higher positioned teams beginning to falter.
Neither club have any major injury concerns to worry about before Saturday and will have healthy squads going into this weekend’s game, as once again Canary fans will be hoping Grant Holt can continue his blistering form in the Premiership.
The ex Shrewsbury man has three goals in his last two games and was unlucky not to be called up to the England squad midweek.