Bottom-placed club Norwich City host a troubled Everton side who are looking for their first win in the Premier League since the start of December.
Norwich City find themselves in a dire situation in the Premier League with nothing going their way. While the Canaries are still in with a shout to avoid relegation, the way things are going for them, it’s hard to argue over their status as favorites for the drop.
The midweek loss to West Ham United was their sixth in a row, while Dean Smith’s men have failed to score in the Premier League since the end of November and remain without a win in eight games. These are not good numbers to help with their confidence in the fight for survival.
Norwich have had a decent record against Everton, winning two of their last four encounters, although they have lost the previous two. All their good early work when Smith arrived is out of the window, and they now need points and a good build-up towards their clash with Watford later this month.
Meanwhile, Everton’s struggles on and off the pitch this season are well documented. Their tally of 19 points from 18 games sees them sit in a lowly 15th position. Despite having a few games in hand, the Toffees are just eight points clear of the relegation zone. Their recent battling draw against Chelsea was then undone by Brighton, who recorded a 3-2 victory.
Covid related issues have restricted Everton to playing fewer games in recent weeks but the recent FA Cup third-round win over Hull City could boost their confidence ahead of this clash. Rafael Benitez’s side could see the contest against Norwich as a chance to get their Premier League campaign back on track.
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Dean Smith will have to make do without several of his first-team stars. Christoph Zimmermann, Lukas Rupp, Mathias Normann, Billy Gilmour and Andrew Omobamidele are all certain absentees for this clash. Meanwhile, Todd Cantwell, who sat out of the West Ham game with an illness, is back in contention for the clash.