Premier League: Norwich City v Swansea City match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Carrow Road 

Two teams who have both found themselves in a recent rut will be looking to re-ignite their seasons with victory tomorrow. Whilst Swansea have failed to re-scale the heights of their Capital One Cup victory in February, Norwich have only won once in fourteen Premier League games and find themselves in real danger of being dragged into the relegation dog fight if they do not emerge with a positive result against the Swans.

Although Norwich’s recent record has been littered with more draws than losses it has been their inability to score that has haunted Chris Hughton, who would be the first to admit that his team are finding goals difficult to come by. With no individual scoring more than five goals this season, it is no small wonder that Norwich are joint lowest scorers with QPR this season on a paltry 28. 

It may just be that the match against Swansea has come at the perfect time for Hughton, as for all Norwich’s profligacy in front of goal they seem to enjoy playing this weekend's opponents. Not only did their last meeting see the Canaries emerge 4-3 victors but they have also racked up 10 goals against the Welsh outfit in their last three matches. Michael Laudrup will hope his team banish these demons and continue the form they showed in the second half of their match against Tottenham last week that saw their key striker Michu rediscover his scoring boots with a first goal in five matches.

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS:

Swansea 3 (Michu 2, de Guzman) Norwich 4 (Whittaker, Bassong, Holt, Snodgrass), Premier League, December 2012

Swansea 2 (Graham 2) Norwich 3 (Holt 2, Pilkington) Premier League, February 2012 

Norwich 3 (Pilkington 2, Martin) Swansea 1 (Graham), Premier League, October 2011

STATS:

The average amount of total goals scored in a match at Carrow Road this season is 2.07, the lowest in the Premier League.

Swansea City are yet to win in the league this season when they have fallen behind.

Michu has scored 6 headed goals this season, the highest in the Premiership, but has not scored away from home in the league in 2013. 

Grant Holt has scored three goals in his last two appearances against Swansea.

ODDS:

Norwich to win: 2.60

Swansea to win: 2.63

Draw: 3.40

CLASSIC MATCH:

Norwich’s 3-2 victory over the Swans in February 2012 that consigned Swansea to only their second home defeat of the season. Norwich hit back following Danny Graham’s first half-strike with three goals in 18 second-half minutes that proved too big a gap for Swansea to recover from, despite Graham adding a late second from the spot.  

TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.30pm

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