NORWICH CITY v CRYSTAL PALACE
Barclays Premier League
Saturday, November 30, 2013
THE Canaries play host to Crystal Palace this weekend looking to continue from where they left off against West Ham United in the last Premier League match at Carrow Road.
City’s successes in the Premier League have been built primarily around reliable form on home turf, and the second-half performance against the Hammers certainly got the crowd on their feet.
Chris Hughton’s side will face a buoyed Palace team this weekend, however, with last Saturday’s smash-and-grab 1-0 triumph at Hull City coming soon after the permanent appointment of Tony Pulis as manager to replace Ian Holloway.
Pulis takes to the dugout for the first time on Saturday afternoon, but the impetus will be on the Canaries to produce another match-winning display.
They will have to contend with a growing injury list, however – Hughton confirmed at the Club’s AGM on Tuesday evening that both Anthony Pilkington and Robert Snodgrass will be out for ‘several weeks’.
The Eagles just edge the head-to-head record between the two clubs, with 45 wins to Norwich City’s 43. There have been 18 draws.
MOST RECENT COMPETITIVE MEETINGS…
Crystal Palace 0-0 NORWICH CITY 29/01/2011 – Championship
NORWICH CITY 1-2 Crystal Palace 19/10/2010 – Championship
Crystal Palace 3-1 NORWICH CITY 26/12/2008 – Championship
NORWICH CITY 1-2 Crystal Palace 25/11/2008 – Championship
Crystal Palace 1-1 NORWICH CITY 01/01/2008 – Championship
LAST TIME AROUND… Crystal Palace 0-0 Norwich City, January 29 2011 – Championship...
Norwich City rose into the automatic promotion places of the Championship by earning a point at lowly Crystal Palace in January 2011.
Grant Holt had a golden chance to snatch the victory in dying moments for Paul Lambert’s men, but blazed his shot over the bar from eight yards.
Wilfried Zaha was a thorn in the Canaries’ defence and City had John Ruddy
to thank for denying him in the second half.
Lambert said afterwards: “We’re up to second in the league now and it’s another away point.
“It’s an easy place to come, but I’m a great believer in the fact that if you’re not good enough to win a game then you have to make sure you’re not going to lose.
“I know I’ve got a fantastic group of footballers here who have got a great hunger for the game.”
L – 1-2 v Newcastle United (A) 23/11/2013 – Premier League
W – 3-1 v West Ham United (H) 09/11/2013 – Premier League
L – 0-7 v Manchester City (A) 02/11/2013 – Premier League
L – 0-4 v Manchester United (A) 29/10/2013 – Capital One Cup Fourth Round
D – 0-0 v Cardiff City (H) 26/10/2013 – Premier League
W – 1-0 v Hull City (A) 23/11/2013 – Premier League
D – 0-0 v Everton (H) 09/11/2013 – Premier League
L – 0-2 West Bromwich Albion (A) 02/11/2013 – Premier League
L – 0-2 v Arsenal (H) 26/10/2013 – Premier League
L – 1-4 v Fulham (H) 21/10/2013 – Premier League
LAST NORWICH CITY XI (4-3-3 v Newcastle United)…
; Russell Martin (c), Michael Turner, Ryan Bennett, Martin Olsson; Bradley Johnson, Leroy Fer, Jonny Howson; Nathan Redmond, Anthony Pilkington, Gary Hooper.
LAST CRYSTAL PALACE XI (4-4-2 v Hull City)…
Julian Speroni; Joel Ward, Danny Gabbidon, Damien Delaney, Dean Moxey; Yannick Bolasie, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Mile Jedinak (c), Barry Bannan; Marouane Chamakh, Dwight Gayle.
REFEREE – Chris Foy…
Chris Foy has already visited Carrow Road once this season – the Merseyside official was in charge for Aston Villa 1-0 victory here back in September.
In his ten games so far, Foy has issued two red cards, including Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta against Saturday’s opponents Palace in October.
His most recent assignment was Chelsea’s 3-0 triumph over West Ham United at Upton Park last Saturday evening.
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES…
Aston Villa v Sunderland
Cardiff City v Arsenal
Everton v Stoke City
NORWICH CITY v CRYSTAL PALACE
West Ham United v Fulham
Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion (17.30)
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United (Sunday, midday)
Hull City v Liverpool (Sunday, 14.05)
Chelsea v Southampton (Sunday, 16.10)
Manchester City v Swansea City (Sunday, 16.10)