2019-20 Premier League: Week 26 – Norwich vs Liverpool

Norwich City look to restart their survival bid as they welcome Liverpool to Carrow Road in a bottom vs top Premier League clash.

A win will see Norwich move four points off safety whilst Liverpool can move 25 points clear ahead of second-placed Manchester City with victory here. 

 

Team news

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Norwich will have Ben Godfrey back in contention after he completed a three match ban, having been sent off against Bournemouth last month. 

Timm Klose remains the Canaries’ only long-term absentee with a knee injury.

Liverpool could have Sadio Mane back in contention after he missed their last four matches with a muscle injury.

James Milner (muscle) and Xherdan Shaqiri (knock) are also expected to be available, whilst Yasser Larouci (hamstring) and Nathaniel Clyne (knee) are ruled out. 

 

Form

Norwich enter this match with one win in their last six league games (W1, D3, L2), whilst taking five points from their last three home matches. 

Liverpool are currently on a 16 league match winning streak with clean sheets in four of their last five outings, whilst conceding just once in their last five away trips. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Norwich have taken just two points from their last 13 league meetings against Liverpool (D2, L11).
  • Liverpool have scored first in each of their last six trips to Carrow Road, with Norwich last netting first at home to Liverpool in a 2-2 draw in February 1994 when Chris Sutton scored twice. 
  • Both teams have scored in six of their last seven clashes, with the exception coming in a 5-0 home win for Liverpool at Anfield in January 2013. 
  • There has been two red cards in 17 previous Premier League matches between Norwich and Liverpool, with both having one player red-carded. 
  • Norwich’s Teemu Pukki averages 0.14 more goals per match (GPM) than Roberto Firmino of Liverpool (Pukki – 0.46 GPM, Firmino – 0.32 GPM).

 

Prediction

Norwich have shown signs of progress in the past month, especially at home but they need to get on the front foot quickly and control this game otherwise I can’t see Liverpool losing here without a clean sheet. 

I would go for a three or four goal rout on an ordinary weekend but given that high winds are forecast, I think a routine win will be a solid result for Liverpool and particularly after a fortnight’s break following their thumping of Southampton.

Prediction: Norwich 0-2 Liverpool

Result: Norwich 0-1 Liverpool

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