A detailed look at this weekend's visit of SouthamptonNORWICH CITY v SOUTHAMPTON
Barclays Premier League
Saturday, August 31, 2013
IT’S easy to make comparisons between Norwich City and Southampton given the clubs fortunes over recent seasons.
The Saints, led then by Nigel Adkins, followed City’s lead by achieving the remarkable feat of back-to-back promotions from League One to the Premier League, with last year being their first back in the top flight.
Safety was eventually secured for both teams, and with the increased television revenue money over the summer, significant transfer activity from both clubs made the headlines.
Expectations may have been raised in general for Southampton and Norwich City fans, but the wise money would be on the draw after both meetings last season finished all square.
Southampton have made an unbeaten start to their campaign, snatching a late draw against Sunderland last Saturday before thrashing Barnsley 5-1 in the Capital One Cup in midweek.
City will take confidence from their own cup exploits – the remarkable 6-3 win against Bury – and even though a similar goal-fest in unlikely, the target of victory remains the same.
MOST RECENT COMPETITIVE MEETINGS…
NORWICH CITY 0-0 Southampton 09/03/2013 – Premier League
Southampton 1-1 NORWICH CITY 28/11/2012 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 0-2 Southampton 20/02/2010 – League One
Southampton 2-2 NORWICH CITY 15/12/2009 – Johnstone’s Paint Trophy
Southampton 2-2 NORWICH CITY 21/11/2009 – League One
LAST TIME AROUND… Norwich City 0-0 Southampton March 9 2013 – Premier League
Artur Boruc was Southampton’s hero in the clubs’ last meeting after the Polish goalkeeper kept out a stoppage time Grant Holt penalty to earn his team a point at Carrow Road.
Driving sleet made conditions next to unplayable back in March, but the points were shared after City’s skipper’s spot-kick was superbly beaten away by Boruc.
The draw left the Canaries in 13th place in the Premier League, nine points clear of the drop-zone with nine games to go.
Chris Hughton said afterwards: “The lad pulled off a very good save. That was our first penalty this season. It would have been nice.
"It was a typical game at this stage of the season - both teams fighting very hard. We've got a couple of tough away games now and we'll try to get something from them."
W – 6-3 v Bury (H) 27/08/2013 – Capital One Cup Second Round
L – 0-1 v Hull City (A) 24/08/2013 – Premier League
D – 2-2 v Everton (H) 17/08/2013 – Premier League
W – 2-0 v Panathinaikos (H) 10/08/2013 – Friendly
D – 1-1 v Real Sociedad (H) 06/08/2013 – Friendly
W – 5-1 v Barnsley (A) 27/08/2013 – Capital One Cup Second Round
D – 1-1 v Sunderland (H) 24/08/2013 – Premier League
W – 1-0 v West Bromwich Albion (A) 17/08/2013 – Premier League
W – 4-3 v Real Sociedad (H) 10/08/2013 – Friendly
D – 0-0 v Celta Vigo (A) 03/08/2013 - Friendly
LAST NORWICH CITY XI (4-4-1-1 v Bury)…
Mark Bunn; Russell Martin, Sebastien Bassong (c), Ryan Bennett, Martin Olsson ; Robert Snodgrass, Leroy Fer, Bradley Johnson, Anthony Pilkington; Wes Hoolahan; Johan Elmander.
LAST SOUTHAMPTON XI (4-2-3-1 v Barnsley)…
Kelvin Davis (c); Nathaniel Clyne, Jose Fonte, Maya Yoshida, Danny Fox; Jack Cork, Steven Davis; Lloyd Isgrove, Gaston Ramirez, Jay Rodriguez; Emmanuel Mayuka.
REFEREE – Howard Webb…
Yorkshire referee Howard Webb took charge of four matches involving the Canaries last season – most notably in the superb 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion that guaranteed the Club’s Premier League safety back in May.
He also refereed the 4-3 victory at Swansea City, as well as the 0-0 draw at home to Fulham and the 1-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium in March.
In total last year, Webb dished out 148 yellow cards and five red cards in his 42 assignments.
He has taken charge of two games so far this season – West Ham’s opening day 2-0 victory over Cardiff City and Arsenal 3-1 triumph against Fulham last weekend.
PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES
Manchester City v Hull City (12:45)
Cardiff City v Everton
Newcastle United v Fulham
NORWICH CITY v SOUTHAMPTON
West Ham United v Stoke City
Crystal Palace v Sunderland (17:30)
Liverpool v Manchester United (Sunday, 13:30)
West Bromwich Albion v Swansea City (Sunday, 13:30)
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur (Sunday, 16:00)