Norwich will be out for revenge when Martin Jol’s Fulham side visit Carrow Road on Saturday, with the opening-day 5-0 drubbing still fresh in the Canaries minds. With the two sides level on 28 points, a win for either team will see them edge away from the threat of relegation. Despite home advantage, Norwich haven’t beaten Fulham since 1986 in the old Division 2.
The East Anglian side have not won a league game since December 15, and having taken just three points since then, they must be looking over their shoulder at a relegation dogfight should their form not improve. Manager Chris Hughton may give a debut to new loan signing Kei Kamara, with the Sporting Kansas striker joining Norwich till the end of the season.
Fulham go into the game after a calamitous 1-0 defeat to league leaders Manchester United. Approaching half-time, Craven Cottage was plunged into darkness – forcing the players off until power could be restored – but once the game restarted, Wayne Rooney’s 78th minute winner meant Fulham’s hard work was for nothing. Despite the loss, Jol will still expect his side to come away with at least a point from the game.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm.
Fulham 5 (Duff, Petric 2, Kacaniklic, Sidwell) Norwich 0, Premier League, August 2012.
Fulham 2 (Dempsey, Duff) Norwich 1 (Wilbraham), Premier League, March 2012.
Norwich 1 (Jackson) Fulham 1 (Sa), Premier League, December 2011.
Fulham have taken 19 out of a possible 21 points between the two sides in Premier League encounters.
Norwich have conceded an average of 3 goals per game against Fulham in the top flight.
Norwich have won just once out of 13 away league games this season (3-4 at Swansea in December).
Either team could move up to tenth with a win.
Fulham top scorer Dimitar Berbatov has never scored against Norwich.
Norwich to win: 2.34
Fulham to win: 3.4
TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.20pm.