A look ahead to Sunday's crucial encounterNORWICH CITY v LIVERPOOL
Barclays Premier League
Sunday, April 20, 2014
SUNDAY’s meeting with Liverpool doesn’t need any introduction with regards to the importance for both sides.
While a win for the Canaries will keep them out of the relegation places in the Premier League, at the other end of table Liverpool are chasing a first title in 24 years.
Both sides will know how their closest opposition will have fared after Saturday’s rounds of fixtures, if there was anything else that could fire up the teams for this one.
Neil Adams takes charge of his first home game as Norwich City manager, yet he will hope come Sunday night, he will be remembering it for not solely that personal achievement.
MOST RECENT COMPETITIVE MEETINGS…
Liverpool 5-1 NORWICH CITY 04/12/2013 – Premier League
Liverpool 5-0 NORWICH CITY 19/01/2013 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 2-5 Liverpool 29/09/2012 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 0-3 Liverpool 28/04/2012 – Premier League
Liverpool 1-1 NORWICH CITY 22/10/2011 – Premier League
LAST TIME AROUND… Liverpool 5-1 Norwich City, December 4 2013 – Premier League…
Luis Suarez produced a virtuoso performance to score four goals and inspire Liverpool to a 5-1 victory at Anfield at the beginning of December.
The Uruguayan’s dipping volley from 40 yards set the tone for a dominant night for the hosts, with City’s only goal coming in consolation form through Bradley Johnson late in the second half.
The result left the Canaries in 16th place in the Premier League on 14 points from 14 games, four clear of the relegation places.
Chris Hughton said afterwards: “He’s (Suarez) a world-class player, and if I look at the first goal he scored – there aren’t many players in the world who could have scored that.
“If you give him the time and space to allow him to perform, then you make life incredibly difficult for yourselves.
“We started ok but their first two goals were their first chances. The disappointing thing for me was in the manner that we conceded the goals.”
L – 0-1 v Fulham (A) 12/04/2014 – Premier League
L – 0-1 v West Bromwich Albion (H) 05/04/2014 – Premier League
L – 0-3 v Swansea City (A) 29/03/2014 – Premier League
W – 2-0 v Sunderland (H) 22/03/2014 – Premier League
L – 2-4 v Southampton (A) 15/03/2014 – Premier League
W – 3-2 v Manchester City (H) 13/04/2014 – Premier League
W – 2-1 v West Ham United (A) 06/04/2014 – Premier League
W – 4-0 v Tottenham Hotspur (H) 30/03/2014 – Premier League
W – 2-1 v Sunderland (H) 26/03/2014 – Premier League
W – 6-3 v Cardiff City (A) 22/03/2014 – Premier League
LAST NORWICH CITY XI (4-1-2-1-2 v Fulham)…
John Ruddy; Steven Whittaker, Russell Martin (c), Michael Turner, Martin Olsson; Bradley Johnson; Jonny Howson, Leroy Fer; Robert Snodgrass; Nathan Redmond, Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
LAST LIVERPOOL XI (4-3-3 v Manchester City)…
Simon Mignolet; Glen Johnson, Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel, Jon Flanagan; Steven Gerrard (c), Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho; Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suarez.
REFEREE – Andre Marriner…
West Midlands official Andre Marriner has taken charge of only one Norwich City match so far this season.
That was at Carrow Road in early March, when he sent off Stoke City’s Jonathan Walters’ in the Canaries 1-1 draw with the Potters.
That was one of 12 red cards Marriner has issued this season, while he has also given out 101 yellow cards in his 34 games.
His most recent assignment was at Goodison Park on Wednesday night as Crystal Palace shocked Everton, winning 3-2.
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES (all games at 15.00 on Saturday unless stated otherwise)…
Tottenham Hotspur v Fulham (12.45)
Aston Villa v Southampton
Cardiff City v Stoke City
Newcastle United v Swansea City
West Ham United v Crystal Palace
Chelsea v Sunderland (17.30)
NORWICH CITY v LIVERPOOL (Sunday, 12.00)
Hull City v Arsenal (Sunday, 14.05)
Everton v Manchester United (Sunday, 16.10)
Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion (Monday, 20.00)