Premier League: Norwich v Everton preview

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

Everton’s challenge for a Champions League spot has faltered
slightly in recent weeks and following Oldham’s dramatic late equaliser in
their fifth round FA Cup match weekend, their attention may be on the replay in
midweek.

The goals have dried up for striker Nikica Jelavic so Victor Anichebe could be in line for another start after his goal at Oldham.

Speculation over David Moyes’ future continues to persist with the Scotsman not willing to discuss a new contract at the Merseyside club till the end of the season.

Norwich have not won a Premier League match since December so are not completely safe from relegation and must be looking over their shoulder.

Manager Chris Hughton received a boost with the news that first choice goalkeeper John Ruddy is recovering well from his thigh injury however his deputy Mark Bunn has impressed in Ruddy’s absence.

Everton dominated the corresponding fixture earlier in the season but failed to take their chances and were punished by a late Sebastian Bassong header.

Kick-Off: Saturday 15:00

Past three meetings

November 2012: Premier League - Everton 1 (Naismith) – 1 Norwich City (Bassong)

April 2012: Premier League – Norwich City 2 (Howson, Holt) – 2 Everton (Jelavic x2)

December 2011: Premier League – Everton 1 (Osman) – 1 Norwich (Holt)

Stats…

Wes Hoolahan is the only man to score for Norwich in their last five matches and he also scored the last time they won in the league, against Wigan in December.

Everton have not lost to Norwich in their last seven league matches stretching back to 1994.

The last man to score a hat trick in this fixture was Efan Ekoku for Norwich in 1993.

Everton have not missed a penalty in the Premier League since April 2011 (scored eight in a row).

Odds

Norwich City to win - 3.9

Everton to win - 2.14

Draw -  3.5

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