Premier League: Norwich v Stoke match preview

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

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Norwich should arguably be celebrating back-to-back wins in the Premier League after dominating the second half at Aston Villa and beating Arsenal but they may lack the cutting edge to beat draw-specialists Stoke.

Norwich occupy 16th place on the Premier League table with seven points after nine games, while Stoke are 13th on the back of one win and six draws.

A win at Carrow Road would see Norwich climb above Stoke, who in turn would slip closer towards the relegation zone.

Norwich head into the contest full of confidence, having overcome Tottenham in the League Cup and Arsenal in the Premier League in their past two home games.


KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm



Stoke 1 (Etherington) Norwich 0, Premier League, March 2012

Norwich 1 (De Laet) Stoke 1 (Jones), Premier League, August 2011

Norwich 0 Stoke 1 (Sidibe), Championship, March 2008



Norwich have kept three clean sheets in their last five Premier League matches at Carrow Road.

Stoke have failed to score in eight of their last 14 away league games, losing six and scoring just eight in that run.

Peter Crouch has scored four goals in nine league games so far this season, but only one of his last eight Premier League goals has come away from home.



Norwich to win: 2.55

Stoke to win: 2.70

Draw: 3.20


TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.20pm