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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Stoke vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

Having moved clear of the drop zone, Norwich City will be targeting a fourth victory in five Premier League outings when they make the trip to Staffordshire to take on mid-table Stoke City. Victory over League One’s Doncaster Rovers was a welcome boost for Stoke, who were unfortunate to lose late on at West Bromwich Albion in their last top-flight game after their 10 men failed to deal fully with a goalmouth scramble. They then came up with a surprisingly off-colour performance in the first leg of their Capital One Cup…

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Vincent Kompany unhurt after charter plane nearly crashed

Manchester City got away with a scare. Captain Vincent Kompany nearly crashed while being on a charter plane at Norwich Airport, according to the BBC. The Belgian skipper was unhurt after the private aircraft left the runway before coming to a standstill before take off. Kompany was accompanied by his representative and three others on board. Luckily nobody got hurt. “The airport remained open to helicopter traffic. The Air Accident Investigation Branch has been informed, which is standard practice,” the airport announced in a statement. “It was at a fairly…

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Norwich vs Southampton – Premier League preview and team news

Norwich City will be intent on recording successive home wins for the first time this season when they take on Southampton, who have lost each of their last three away matches. It took until the late stages of the game to gain the comfort of a second goal, but victory over bottom club Aston Villa last time out was richly deserved for Norwich as well as highly valuable, with only goal difference keeping them outside of the drop zone coming into it. It was a very polished defensive performance as the only…

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Norwich vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Carrow Road is the venue for a pivotal encounter between two struggling sides as Norwich City look to move clear of the bottom three with victory at home to bottom of the table Aston Villa. After the delight of picking up all three points at Manchester United, the hosts showed confidence early on at Tottenham on Boxing Day and came close to opening the scoring early on through Cameron Jerome and debutant Vadis Oujidja-Ofoe, but once they fell behind to a penalty slightly against the run of play the result…

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Tottenham vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

Tottenham will be hoping to cement their place in the top four of the Premier League with victory at home to a Norwich City side that will be in buoyant mood following their fine win last time out at Manchester United. After seeing their unbeaten run come to an end in disappointing fashion at home to Newcastle United, Mauricio Pochettino’s team came up with the perfect response at the Argentine’s former club Southampton, scoring two first half goals to seal an impressive victory. The key to success was excellent build-up play,…

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Man Utd vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester United will be desperate to get their season back on track as they welcome Norwich City to Old Trafford, with the visitors having fallen into the bottom three following several weeks of struggle. The only option for United here is to win, which would at least provide a little festive cheer after a week which saw them take just one point in the league and exit the Champions League with a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Wolfsburg. The squad in its current depleted state is far from one which…

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Norwich vs Everton – Premier League preview and team news

With only goal difference keeping them outside of the bottom three, Norwich City need a result at home to mid-table Everton in order to move into an extremely tough run of festive fixtures with confidence. Manager Alex Neil is certainly looking for a response from his players after their desperately below-par showing at Watford last time out in a match which left few doubting which of the two clubs appeared the more likely to stay up this season following promotion from the second tier. There was very little in it…

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Watford vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

Both promoted from the Championship back in May, Watford and Norwich City meet for the first time in the Premier League on Saturday, with the hosts hoping to move into the top half with a victory. After losing consecutive games, the Hornets went into their last game away to lowly Aston Villa determined to return to form, and that they managed as a result of repeatedly punishing their opponent’s defensive mistakes. The prolific front pairing of Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney were both on target again, with the latter now really beginning…

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Norwich vs Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

Having slipped to fourth place after picking up just one point from the last six available, Arsenal will be looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League with a win away to Norwich City. The home side made life difficult for Chelsea last time out, hanging in there well until they switched off at a free-kick and allowed Diego Costa to take advantage and score the game’s only goal. It was disappointing for manager Alex Neil, who deserves credit for finding a way to make his team tougher…

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Chelsea vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

After seven defeats in the first 12 rounds of Premier League matches, Chelsea’s latest attempt to turn things around comes at home to Norwich City, who ended their own bad run last time out. In fairness, Chelsea played considerably better in their last match at Stoke City than they had in many of their previous outings this season, but still came away with nothing after being frustrated by a highly organised and obdurate defensive unit. Eden Hazard gave his best display for some time while Pedro Rodriguez added a little…

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Norwich vs Swansea – Premier League preview and team news

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…

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Man City vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

Now top of the Premier League only on goal difference, Manchester City come up against a Norwich City side that conceded seven the last time they visited the Etihad Stadium. The leaders perhaps came away slightly the happier after a desperately dull Manchester derby, which ended goalless as few chances were created by two teams who made avoiding defeat their main priority. It was a rare departure from Manuel Pellegrini from his usual attacking style, but he gained reward as his two central defenders remained secure throughout, with Nicolas Otamendi outstanding…

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Norwich vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

Norwich City will be determined to bounce back from their thrashing at lowly Newcastle United by seeing off a West Bromwich Albion side that they have already knocked out of the Capital One Cup. For the remainder of this season, the Premier League is unlikely to see many worse defensive displays than the one Norwich produced on Tyneside, shipping six goals through a lack of intensity and organisation as well as carelessness in possession. Too many players were committed forward in attacking positions, leaving holding midfielder Alexander Tettey badly exposed…

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Newcastle vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

Having had two weeks to reflect on their mauling at Manchester City, bottom of the table Newcastle United will be going all out for their first league win of the season against Norwich City. It did not start badly for the Magpies at the Etihad Stadium, where they went ahead and had the title hopefuls rattled for a time in which their lead could have been extended. However, they caved in to the brilliance of Sergio Aguero, with the defence just collapsing and losing all belief as the goals flew…

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Norwich vs Leicester – Premier League preview and team news

Norwich City will be hoping to take their unbeaten run in all competitions to five games as they entertain a Leicester City side whose own run without defeat eventually came to an end last time out. The Canaries are catching the eye with their enterprising football and have made a positive start to life back in the Premier League. It could have been even better for them last weekend, only for them to succumb to incessant late pressure and concede a late equaliser to West Ham United, depriving them of…

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West Ham vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

West Ham United will be looking to make it three Premier League wins in succession when they host a Norwich City side that has only lost once on the road in the entire calendar year thus far. Widely written off before each of their three away games this season, West Ham have been able to leave most football observers dumbstruck after taking a maximum nine points from trips to Arsenal, Liverpool, and most recently leaders Manchester City. Last weekend’s success at the Etihad Stadium was far and away the most impressive,…

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Liverpool vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

Liverpool will be determined to recover from defeats in their last two Premier League matches as they take on a Norwich City side that currently lies above them on goal difference. A positive first three weeks of the season which yielded seven points now seems like a distant memory for all concerned with the Reds, who had an afternoon to forget against West Ham United on their last Anfield outing and were then dispatched by arch rivals Manchester United in a display which led to manager Brendan Rodgers being criticised in…

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Norwich vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

Norwich City and Bournemouth have both taken a fairly respectable four points from as many games since promotion to the Premier League and will have their eyes set on improving their standing further when they meet on Saturday. Strong performances against Sunderland and Stoke City meant the Canaries came into their last match at Southampton high on confidence, but two careless bookings for Steven Whitaker in the first half seriously affected their game-plan and they ended up soundly beaten, thanks largely to a failure to hold out until half-time. Striker…

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Southampton vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

Southampton will be determined to regain some momentum by claiming their first Premier League victory of the season against a Norwich City that has not lost away from home in any competition since January. It has been a bit of a struggle in recent weeks for the Saints, with just two league points to their name and only one goal – a penalty – to their credit in their previous four outings. The most recent of those was in Denmark against Midjylland, where a sluggish first half display and a…

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Championship season review: Norwich, Nottm For, Reading, Rotherham

Norwich City: 3rd (promoted via Play-offs) Despite all the parachute payments that come their way, it is always difficult for a side relegated from the Premier League to bounce straight back the following season, so Norwich deserve immense credit for their success, which came via the play-offs. Keeping several players was vital to their success, with experienced duo Sebastien Bassong and captain Russell Martin making up a strong defensive pairing with full-backs Martin Olsson and Steven Whitaker either side. In midfield, Alexander Tettey and Jonathan Howson were superb alongside Player…

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