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14 December 2013

League Cup holders visit Carrow Road

NORWICH CITY v SWANSEA CITY
Barclays Premier League
13.30 kick-off
Carrow Road
Sunday December 15, 2013

CHRIS Hughton admitted there was a ‘good feel’ around the Club after last Saturday’s 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion – and he’ll hope for that to be carried over when the Canaries welcome Swansea City this weekend.

His side have won three of their last five games, a run that has seen them rise to 14th in the Premier League table and within two points of the top half.

One side the Canaries could leapfrog with three more points would be their opponents, and they will be looking to exploit any tiredness in Michael Laudrup’s squad.

The Swans featured in a Premier League match against Hull City on Monday night and then travelled to Switzerland for their final Europa League group game against St Gallen on Thursday.

City’s week has been much more serene, with Ricky van Wolfswinkel joining in training for the first time since his toe injury – Hughton says his fitness will be assessed on Saturday so to check whether he can take part.

Norwich are unbeaten against the South Wales side since both teams were promoted to the Premier League in 2011, and memorably triumphed 4-3 at the Liberty Stadium last season.

This game will be the 50th meeting between the two clubs, and both sides have won 20 times each – with the other nine games ending in draws.

MOST RECENT COMPETITIVE MEETINGS…
NORWICH CITY 2-2 Swansea City 06/04/2013 – Premier League
Swansea City 3-4 NORWICH CITY 08/12/2012 – Premier League
Swansea City 2-3 NORWICH CITY 11/02/2012 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 3-1 Swansea City 15/11/2011 – Premier League
Swansea City 3-0 NORWICH CITY 09/04/2011 – Championship

LAST TIME AROUND… Norwich City 2-2 Swansea City, April 4 2013 – Premier League…
The Canaries stayed five points clear of the Premier League relegation zone after an entertaining 2-2 draw with Swansea City back in April.

Robert Snodgrass and Michael Turner netted to swing the match in Norwich’s favour after Michu had stabbed the visitors into a first half lead.

However, Luke Moore scored a poacher’s goal 15 minutes from the end to earn Michael Laudrup’s team a point and leave City in 13th place.

Chris Hughton said afterwards: “We wanted a win but nothing changes, we still have to get enough points from the six remaining matches to make sure we're secure.

"Their camp might look at it a little bit differently, but I thought on the balance of play it was a fair result. I couldn't fault the team for their endeavour, we got ourselves in scoring positions but unfortunately we conceded two soft goals.

"We spoke about the goals we conceded, which I felt were poor to concede, but we gave ourselves opportunities to score and that is what we have found difficult.”

CANARIES' FORM…
W – 2-0 v West Bromwich Albion (A) 07/12/2013 – Premier League
L – 1-5 v Liverpool (A) 04/12/2013 – Premier League
W – 1-0 v Crystal Palace (H) 30/11/2013 – Premier League
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

SWANS’ FORM…
L – 0-1 v St Gallen (A) 12/12/2013 – Europa League Group A
D – 1-1 v Hull City (H) 09/12/2013 – Premier League
W – 3-0 v Newcastle United (H) 04/12/2013 – Premier League
L – 0-3 v Manchester City (A) 01/12/2013 – Premier League
L – 0-1 v Valencia (H) 28/11/2013 – Europa League Group A



LAST NORWICH CITY XI (4-4-2 v West Bromwich Albion)…

John Ruddy; Steven Whittaker, Michael Turner, Sebastien Bassong (c), Martin Olsson; Nathan Redmond, Jonny Howson, Bradley Johnson, Leroy Fer; Johan Elmander, Gary Hooper.

LAST SWANSEA CITY XI (4-4-2 v St Gallen)…
Gerhard Tremmel; Dwight Tiendalli, Chico Flores, Jordi Amat, Neil Taylor; Wayne Routledge, Jonjo Shelvey, Jonathan de Guzman, Roland Lamah; Wilfried Bony, Alejandro Pozuelo.

REFEREE – Michael Oliver…
Northumberland official Michael Oliver returns to Carrow Road after taking charge of the Canaries’ opening game of the season against Everton.
That game finished 2-2, which was also the score of Oliver’s most recent assignment – Thursday night’s draw between PAOK Salonika and AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League.

In his 15 games so far this season, he has dished out one red card – to Kevin Nolan for West Ham against Liverpool last weekend – and 58 yellow cards.

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES…
Manchester City v Arsenal (12.45)
Cardiff City v West Bromwich Albion
Chelsea v Crystal Palace
Everton v Fulham
Newcastle United v Southampton
West Ham United v Sunderland
Hull City v Stoke City (17.30)
Aston Villa v Manchester United (Sunday, 13.30)
NORWICH CITY v SWANSEA CITY (Sunday, 13.30)
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool (Sunday, 16.00)

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