Relegation-threatened Norwich City face a similarly out-of-sorts Everton at Carrow Road in this weekend’s Premier League schedule. Both clubs are hoping for a significant upturn in fortunes in the second half of the season.
Where and when: Carrow Road – 15 January, kick-off 15:00
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Last time: Andros Townsend and Abdoulaye Doucoure struck either side of half time as Everton beat Norwich 2-0 at Goodison Park in the reverse fixture towards the end of September.
Norwich v Everton Predictions and Preview
This is a huge game for both of these struggling clubs. It’s now or never for Norwich City if they’re to have any hope of staying in the Premier League beyond this season, while Everton are in real danger of being dragged into the relegation battle themselves.
Everton have only won one of their 12 Premier League fixtures since these clubs met earlier in the campaign. The Toffees have tasted defeat in eight of those matches, with their three draws coming against three sides in Champions League contention, in the shape of Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea.
As such, beating lowly Norwich is far from a gimme for Rafa Benitez’s side. The Everton manager is under constant fire from fans, and that will only intensify should the Spaniard fail to guide the Toffees to a victory over arguably the worst side in the division. Especially now Dominic Calvert-Lewin is fit again.
However, the visitors could be without the talismanic Richarlison, while Tom Davies, Yerry Mina, Alex Iwobi and Fabian Delph are all set to miss out. Norwich boss Dean Smith will be without the influential Billy Gilmour, along with Christoph Zimmermann, Lukas Rupp, Andrew Omobamidele and Mathias Normann.
Todd Cantwell ought to be available following illness, but Jonathan Rowe could miss out due to Covid-19. Little of that helps the Canaries’ cause, with the Carrow Road outfit taking a five-match losing streak into their midweek trip to the London Stadium to play West Ham United.
Norwich didn’t even manage to score a single goal across those five matches, shipping 14 at the other end. Just two wins from the first half of the season is relaxation form, and doesn’t inspire much confidence in the hosts at 3/1 in this Norwich v Everton preview.
Despite their problems, the away win is surely the way to go at 21/20. The Toffees have invariably been awful this term, but even so they should have too much quality for their hosts on Saturday. Even a draw at 5/2 would be a real surprise, while also being another hammer blow to Benitez’s reign at Goodison.
One to watch for Norwich: Teemu Pukki’s goalscoring output will be crucial for the Canaries’ survival chances. The Finnish forward has five Premier League goals so far this season and is 11/2 to strike first in these Norwich v Everton predictions.
One to watch for Everton: Dominic Calvert-Lewin should be getting back to full match sharpness now. The England international needs to start firing in order for Everton to climb the table, and he is 9/2 to do so with the opener this weekend.
Long shot: A repeat of the Toffees’ 2-0 victory over the Canaries from earlier in the campaign is priced at 9/1 in these Norwich v Everton tips. With Calvert-Lewin netting first, those odds rise to 54/1.