Competition: Premier League – Norwich City vs. Everton
Venue: Carrow Road – Saturday, December 12 – 12:45 GMT (07:45 ET)
Match Odds: Norwich 15/8 – Draw 12/5 – Everton 7/5
Norwich come into the weekend in 16th place and have only won one of their last ten in the top flight – form that will surely see them relegated unless they pick up.
A 2-0 loss at Watford last week set them back further and head coach Alex Neil knows that making Carrow Road a fortress will improve their survival chances.Embed from Getty Images
They managed to draw 1-1 with Arsenal in their last home game and will hope to pick up at least another point from this game. A win could see them move above Chelsea into 14th place.
But Everton will arrive at Carrow Road unbeaten in five and looking like a solid outfit. Roberto Martinez has done well to deal with consistent injury troubles and the Toffees look in a good position to push for a European place.
They do, however, need to start turning draws into wins after sharing points in seven of their 15 league games so far – the second highest amount behind Spurs (8).Embed from Getty Images
A 1-1 draw at home to Crystal Palace on Monday will have left some fans disappointed but a win at Norwich could see them move as high as sixth for a few hours at least.
This will be the 15th Premier League clash between the two sides. Everton have only won four of the previous 14 fixtures, with the Canaries also sealing victories in four of those matches.
Norwich will be without Matt Jarvis as he is ruled out through injury, while Wes Hoolahan is a doubt as he is struggling with a knock. Alex Neil could name an unchanged side to the one that lost at Watford last weekend.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez could be without six first team players for the trip to Norwich. James McCarthy is a doubt, while Steven Pienaar, Phil Jagielka, Bryan Oviedo, Tony Hibbert and Tyias Browning all remain sidelined.
Norwich’s last five in the Premier League: L/W/L/D/L
Everton’s last five in the Premier League: W/D/W/D/D
Key Stat: Everton have only won one of their seven Premier League games away at Norwich since 1992.
Key Player: Romelu Lukaku – Impossible to ignore the in-form Belgian striker as he continues to deliver for Everton. He now has seven in his last seven and looks unstoppable.Embed from Getty Images
Norwich 1-1 Everton – This is set to be a tight game between two sides desperate for wins as the busy Christmas period enters full swing. Norwich need to pick up points at home and will be looking for a similar performance to the one that saw them draw with Arsenal, while Everton have not won away in the league since September.