Norwich City will be desperate to end a run of four consecutive Premier League defeats by getting the better of a Swansea City side who themselves have one just one of their last eight outings in all competitions.
Nobody gave Alex Neil’s side a chance when they travelled to leaders Manchester City last time out, but they gave a very good account of themselves and only lost due to a rush of blood from goalkeeper John Ruddy and Russell Martin’s subsequent handball to give away the crucial penalty with just two minutes of normal time left. They had defended strongly against a barrage of attacks and fought back from a goal down, so defeat in those circumstances was tough to take.
But the manner of the performance will at least provide them with something to build on coming into this, where anything than three points would not be ideal. For any newly promoted side from the Championship, home form must provide a solid foundation and so far they have managed just the one win at Carrow Road, which is a statistic that needs improving if they are to avoid facing an uphill battle to stay in the division.
After a much-needed win away to struggling Aston Villa, the Swans were unlucky to run into an Arsenal side in blistering form, and they succumbed to a convincing defeat after more than holding their own in the first half. The moment they regretted most came in those opening 45 minutes when Bafetimbi Gomis messed up his lines having been put through on goal. The former Lyon striker is in the midst of a lean spell, and it definitely showed in that instance.
A somewhat controversial second Arsenal goal really knocked the stuffing out of Garry Monk’s men, with goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski not given the benefit of the doubt by the officials as he attempted to climb a high ball. The Pole has, in recent weeks, shown signs that he is lacking a little confidence, and that appears to be the case with a number of first-team players. Even so, Norwich should be extremely wary of their considerable quality.
On-loan duo Dieumerci Mbokani and Andre Wisdom both return for Norwich, who are without the suspended Martin and the injured Matt Jarvis.
The visitors have no new injury concerns to contend with, but could make changes after their comprehensive loss to Arsenal.
Last Meeting: Swansea dominated the early exchanges of their last visit to East Anglia in December 2013 and were rewarded with the opening goal as Nathan Dyer’s lob punished an error from Sebastian Bassong. However, the away side were adversely affected by Dyer having to be stretchered off, and Norwich took advantage to earn a point, with Gary Hooper firing a superb goal from all of 25 yards.