Norwich City resume their quest for Premier League survival this Friday as they welcome Southampton to Carrow road.
The bottom-placed side head into this game with their minds set on a fight for survival. They will be looking to take home all three points in this tie and boost their chance of survival. Judging by their form before the season’s hiatus, Daniel Farke’s are nailed on to play championship football next season. Any possibility of a survival miracle must begin with a win this Friday.
Ralph Hasenhuttl, fresh from signing a new four-year deal with the South coast club, will be looking to pick up all three points in this tie to avoid any relegation scrap. The Saints were on a run of one win in five games before the season was suspended.
Daniel Farke will welcome back midfielder Onel Hernadez into his side while defender Sam Bryam remains an injury doubt for this tie.
With a fully fit squad to pick from, Southampton is expected to stick to their best line up for this tie. However, Moussa Djenepo will miss this game through suspension.
Head to head
The last five games between both sides have produced three wins for Southampton and a single win for Norwich, with the reverse fixture ending in a 2:1 win for Southampton.
Norwich last five games in all competition: LWWLL
Southampton last five games in all competition: LLWLL
Norwich City head into this tie as betting outsiders judging by their position in the table. The sit at rock bottom with 21 points from 29 games. Only a miracle can get Daniel Farke’s side out of them out of a relegation pit.
Their undoing so far has been putting up consistent 90-minutes performances. They tend to perform well in first halves of home matches with eight wins (D3, L3) and 27 points in 14 first halves. Only Liverpool, Man Utd, and Everton hold a better record.
The hosts have also opened the scoring in seven of their last eight league games while preventing the visiting teams from scoring before the break-in each of the last seven—however, only two of those games ended in victory for the hosts.
Southampton meanwhile head into the tie with two wins from their last six PL games. In that period, the Saints conceded ten times, scoring seven times.
In the league, this season, Hasenhuttl’s boys have scored 35 times—19 away—and conceded 52 times—21 away. They have one of the worst defenses in the league this season, with only six clean sheets kept in 29 games.
In their last six away games, Southampton recorded four victories. Four of these wins were accompanied by three first-half wins and two clean sheets.
Both teams have scored in 18 of their league games this season, with eight of those coming away from home.
Both teams to score/Yes @ 8/13
Norwich win first half/Southampton to win second half @ 28/1
Over 1.5 Goals @1/4