Fulham v Norwich Sat 15:00
Paul Lambert will be happy to see a host of names returning to his teamsheet this weekend when Norwich City travel to Craven Cottage for their mid-table clash as Stan James offer long odds on the Canaries taking the three points back to Carrow Road.
The Canaries could welcome James Vaughan, Decland Rudd, Marc Tierney and Daniel Ayala back into the fold after the quartet have spent time on the sidelines out with injury.
However, even should the players return to full fitness in time for the trip to West London, Norwich still have a hard task on their hands in overturning what has become a strong Fulham side.
The Cottagers have developed a strong attacking record when playing at home, scoring an average of 1.93 goals per game when playing in front of their own fans this season.
A decent chunk of that proportion is down to Pavel Pogrebnyak, who since arriving in the English top flight, has only just let go of a scoring record that was, for some time, equal to or greater than a goal per game.
Martin Jol’s side have lost their last three games on the bounce, scoring in none and if scoring prowess in 2012 is anything to go on, the Russian nicknamed ‘Death From Above’ would be the one to return them side to winning form.
Fulham were unlucky not to gain anything from Monday’s fixture at Old Trafford, being denied a late penalty that would have surely gained them a point from the fixture.
Following their recent troubles, a win on Saturday would boost Fulham into a healthy tenth place providing other results go in their favour but if the likes of Clint Dempsey and Bryan Ruiz are on top for, there’s no reason the hosts can’t get their season back on track against the leaky defence of Norwich.
The Norfolk club have one of the worst away defence in the Premier League and have found it near impossible not to concede when playing on unfamiliar soil.
Their case isn’t helped by the fact that Orlando Sã, Andy Johnson and Steve Sidwell could all return to full fitness in time for the fixture after lengthy periods out with injury.
Should Swansea and Everton falter in their outings, three points would push Paul Lambert’s side into the top half of the table once more, giving the Scot added incentive to continue what has already been a magnificent comeback to the Premier League.