Premier League: Norwich City v Crystal Palace match preview
A look ahead to the weekend’s fixture at Carrow Road
Friday 29 November 2013
Carrow Road is playing host to an early season six-pointer between 19th place Crystal Palace and 16th place Norwich City, on Saturday.
Palace have got four points from their last two games but are only on seven points and are three points off safety. Norwich have only won one of their last six games and have been shipping goals, only Sunderland have conceded more this season. Norwich have gained all of their points this season at home and Palace have only picked up three points away all season.
Crystal Palace have scored the least amount of goals in the Premier League this season and only Dwight Gayle has got more than one (2). Leroy Fer and Gary Hooper both have 3 goals for Norwich and will hope to build on that this weekend, especially as Norwich are without Van Wolfswinkel, Snodgrass, Pilkington, Tettey and Bennett. Murray, Hunt and Guedioura are all sidelined for Palace.
Norwich will be favourites, helped by the creative forces of Jonny Howson and Nathan Redmond. Tony Pulis has reiterated that he is at Palace to make a difference and to try and get them out of the relegation zone, and will be hoping to carry on with his positive start on Saturday. Norwich travel to Liverpool next week and Palace host West Ham, so they will both be hoping for a good result going into those games.
PAST THREE MEETINGS
Crystal Palace 0 Norwich City 0, Championship, January 2011
Norwich City 1 (Holt) Crystal Palace 2 (Bennett, Gardner), Championship, October 2010
Crystal Palace 3 (Fonte 2, Butterfield) Norwich City 1 (Doherty), Championship, December 08
The last time these two met in the Premier League was in the 2004/05 season when Crystal Palace came from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 at Selhurst Park.
Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni made his Premier League debut in 2004 and didn’t play in the league again until the start of this season.
These two teams played their first game in 1906 with Norwich winning 4-2.
Norwich City: 1.9
Crystal Palace: 4.5
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