Championship season review – Ipswich, Leeds, Newcastle, Norwich

Ipswich Town: 16th There is a very strong argument to suggest that Ipswich have overachieved during Mick McCarthy’s reign as manager, which has lasted since October 2012. Despite a continued lack of investment from the top, play-off challenges had been mounted in each of the previous three seasons, in which a very workmanlike squad probably achieved more than the sum of its parts. Therefore, as few changes were made to the playing staff once again over the summer of 2016, it was reasonable to assume that standards could slip, and there…

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Relegated trio progress preparations for Championship challenge

Following their relegation from the Premier League last season, Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Norwich City are continuing preparations for a challenging season in the Championship. Whilst both Newcastle and Norwich have previous experience of playing in the division, Aston Villa do not and are set to compete outside the top flight of English football for the first time since 1987. Less lucrative life in the Championship The financial implications of doing so are quite severe due to the Premier League’s new £5 billion TV deal for the 2016-17 season,…

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Two staggering Euro 2016 stats about Norwich City and Joe Hart

The Brexit at Euro 2016 is almost complete, as England, Ireland, and Northern Ireland were all eliminated in the round of 16. That means only Wales remain in the tournament, but Gareth Bale and his fellow Welshmen are facing a strong Belgium side in the quarter-finals on Friday July 1. Belgium’s golden generation produced an extremely polished performance to beat Hungary 4-0 and breeze into the quarter finals of Euro 2016, where they will play the Inspired by the brilliance of Eden Hazard who set-up one goal and scored another…

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Premier League Season Review – Norwich City

Norwich City: 19th (relegated) FA Cup: Round Three Capital One Cup: Round Four Norwich are quickly earning a status as the new yo-yo team of the top two divisions in English football. After suffering relegation in 2014 they made an instant return to the Premier League through the play-offs, but a further year later they are left to reflect on another failure to make their mark on the top table after failing to win their lengthy battle against the drop. Manager Alex Neil entered the season with a terrific standing…

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Everton vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

Now looking for a new manager, Everton finish a hugely disappointing campaign with a home encounter with a Norwich City side that has already been condemned to an instant return to the Championship. It all began exceptionally well for Roberto Martinez at Everton as he guided the club to its highest Premier League points tally in his first year in 2013-14, but it has been gradually downhill from there despite the quality within the squad never having decreased. The anger towards the Spaniard from supporters reached such a critical point that he…

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Norwich vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

Norwich City are fighting to keep their increasingly bleak chance of Premier League survival alive, and they know that even a win at home to Watford on Wednesday evening might not be enough to save them. The current scenario sees the Canaries four points behind 17th-placed Sunderland with just two games remaining, which means that they must win both to have any hope of making an unlikely escape. Sam Allardyce’s side are in action at the same time against Everton, and if they pick up three points they will be…

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Manchester United panned for playing one of the most boring games of the season [Tweets]

Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United was once again dreadful in their 1-0 win over Norwich City on Saturday. United dominated the ball with 66.7 per cent possession in the game but managed only two shots on goal. Juan Mata’s 72nd minute strike was enough to earn three points for the Red Devils, although many fans were not impressed with the quality of football. Norwich vs Man Utd is so boring that it could be improved with commentary by Michael Owen. — Alan Percival (@apercival100) May 7, 2016 The worst & most…

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Norwich vs Man Utd – Premier League preview and team news

The odds are beginning to go against Norwich City in their battle to survive relegation from the Premier League, so victory in Saturday’s early kick-off against Manchester United will act as a timely boost as well as a pivotal result. There was every reason for manager Alex Neil to be extremely pleased with Norwich’s performance in their most recent outing at Arsenal, but we have reached a point in the season where results are much more important and some very good chances went to waste as they fell to a…

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Arsenal vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

Norwich City have slipped back into the drop zone, and with the pressure on and so few games left to save their season they must take at least a point from what is a very difficult game at top four hopefuls Arsenal. The home side are making immensely hard work of securing a Champions League place, to the extent that they are looking over their shoulders a little. There were few reasons to be encouraged in their last match as they were held by another struggling side in Sunderland, where the likes…

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Norwich vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

A massive game in the context of the battle to avoid relegation to the Championship sees Norwich City look to extend their cushion over the bottom three against a Sunderland side that badly needs a win to stay in touch with the hosts. Four points currently separate the two sides, although Norwich have played a game more. Even allowing for that, victory here should be the crucial step that will lead them to eventual safety and see their young manager Alex Neil through what has at times been a gruelling…

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Crystal Palace vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

Norwich City will be hoping to move further clear of the Premier League’s bottom three by defeating a Crystal Palace side that still needs points themselves to be totally assured of survival. In theory, only one more win will allow Palace to rest easily, but the wait to get it just goes on and on. They had a chance to do so in their last match when they took on London rivals West Ham United, falling behind after taking the early lead, but not making the most of their late pressure…

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Norwich vs Newcastle – Premier League preview and team news

A truly critical clash in the context of the battle to avoid relegation to the Championship sees Norwich City entertain Newcastle United at Carrow Road, with the hosts holding a three-point lead over their opponents. That advantage is thanks to a terrific victory at West Bromwich Albion last time out, where they finally achieved their first clean sheet of the season on their travels with the help of a resolute and disciplined display which saw goalkeeper John Ruddy ably protected by those in front of him. It was a cagey…

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West Brom vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

West Bromwich Albion will be attempting to make it four wins from five Premier League games as they take on a lowly Norwich City side desperate for its first three-point haul since the beginning of January. The impressive sequence for the Baggies has raised hopes that they could achieve a top-half finish for the first time in three years, and it has coincided with the return of Saido Berahino to the fold after months on the sidelines as a result of his desire to leave. The striker brings an extra dimension to…

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Norwich vs Man City – Premier League preview and team news

With fears of an immediate return to the Championship increasing after each passing defeat, Norwich City will be desperate to gain some much-needed cheer as they host a Manchester City side that still has designs on winning the title. An inferiority in both boxes has been a major contributing factor in Norwich’s dismal slide, and that was the case again in their last match at Swansea City as they suffered a defeat which makes it look as though the bottom four are now vying for 17th place, such is the gap…

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Swansea vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

Swansea City will be hoping to continue their march clear of relegation danger by getting the better of Norwich City, who cannot afford yet another bad result in their own battle to achieve survival. March had the makings of a pivotal month for Swansea, but not many reckoned on them beginning it by going to Arsenal and winning for the second season in succession. It looked set to be a long evening without boss Francesco Guidolin on the touchline as their title-chasing opponents dominated the opening exchanges and took the lead…

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Chelsea fans have a lot to celebrate after recent results [Tweets]

The current season has been a strange one for Chelsea fans. Fresh after the celebration of winning a double last season, the Blues got off to a horrendous start this season. Their campaigne went from bad to worse under Jose Mourinho. Finally, the Portuguese manager was sacked in November and Guus Hiddink replaced him. Since the arrival of the Dutchman, the results have improved massively. Tuesday night’s victory over Norwich was Chelsea’s third consecutive win in the Premier League and has propelled the club to the eighth spot in the table.…

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Norwich vs Chelsea – Premier League preview and team news

Two sides at opposite ends of the Premier League form table meet in East Anglia as Norwich City aim to end a run of seven games without a win against Chelsea, who have not any of their last 14 domestic matches. Clean sheets have proved exceptionally hard to come by for Norwich, and they were just minutes away from earning the one they set out to achieve at Leicester City on Saturday, limiting the leaders to half-chances right up until they were undone by a dangerous cross just a minute…

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Leicester vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

Leicester City will be aiming to hit back from just their third Premier League defeat of the season when they host a Norwich City side that hovers precariously above the bottom three having picked up one point from their last six games. A week after going to the home of Manchester City and taking them to the cleaners with a devastating display, Leicester looked capable of doing the same to another title rival in Arsenal as Jamie Vardy’s penalty put them ahead at half-time after an open, though closely fought…

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Norwich vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

Following a dismal run of five straight defeats, Norwich City will be desperate to begin turning things around with victory over a West Ham United side that has qualification for Europe in their sights. With the exception of a couple of promising moments where striker Dieumerci Mbokani looked mildly threatening, the Canaries were very poor once again last time out as they lost worryingly comfortably to bottom club Aston Villa, a result that also saw them slip into the bottom three. Therefore, this has now turned into a must-win game…

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Aston Villa vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

After a demoralising run of four straight defeats, Norwich City will be desperate to turn things around as they head to the West Midlands to take on bottom club Aston Villa, whose plight is showing few signs of coming to a halt. Remi Garde actually watched his side make a positive start away to West Ham United in midweek, but that was undone by an incredible moment of madness by striker Jordan Ayew, who until now has been one of the few shining lights in a miserable campaign for the…

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Norwich vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

Norwich City will be desperate to bounce back from the late heartback they suffered last time out, but face a huge challenge as they entertain a Tottenham side that is very much part of the race for the title. Having put themselves in a great position to pick up three vital points in their battle for Premier League safety, Norwich came up with an emphatic example of how not to defend a 3-1 lead, committing error after error at the back to fall behind and then, after seemingly salvaging a…

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Premier League clubs smash spending record

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Transfer spending by Premier League clubs this season has surpassed the £1 billion mark for the first time, according to Deloitte. Deloitte estimates that £130 million has been spent so far in the January transfer window, which takes the total sum for the season beyond £1 billion for the first time in football history, beating the record £965m that was spent during the 2014/2015 season. Dan Jones, partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, said: “We’ve seen Premier League clubs again use the January window to invest significantly in playing…

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Twitter went nuts about the craziest Premier League match of the season [Norwich – Liverpool]

What a game it was! A French journalist, Philippe Auclair, aptly named it “the greatest crap game of the decade?” On Saturday, Norwich City and Liverpool played out one of the most exciting games of the Premier League era. The Reds won the game 4-5 with virtually the last kick of the game. The Canaries were left heart-broken having led the game 3-1 at one time, while Liverpool players and fans were in seventh heaven at the final whistle. Roberto Firmino had given the Reds an early lead at Carrow Road.…

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Norwich vs Liverpool – Premier League preview and team news

Liverpool will be determined to win in the Premier League for the first time in the new calendar year when they take on Norwich City at Carrow Road, a ground at which they have triumphed on each of their visits since 1994. The home side will themselves be intent on producing a considerable response from their last outing, where they were outplayed throughout and got well beaten by fellow strugglers Bournemouth for a result that saw them slip to within four points of the bottom three. The back four was errant and disorganised and they were lucky to…

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Bournemouth vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

Bournemouth will be hoping to win for the first time in five Premier League matches when they host Norwich City, with both sides intent on extending the gap between themselves and the relegation zone. A strong first half display counted for little for Bournemouth on Tuesday as they slid to a 3-1 defeat at home to West Ham United, proving unable to cope with the quality of Dimitri Payet in particular, with goalkeeper Artur Boruc forced into some fine saves which served to keep the scoreline somewhat respectable. They are…

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