Canaries face trip to GoodisonBarclays Premier League
Saturday January 11, 2014
THE Canaries head into this weekend’s meeting with Everton boosted by the knowledge that they haven’t lost to them since returning to the Premier League in 2011.
That run includes the 2-2 draw at Carrow Road on the opening day of the season – Roberto Martinez’s first game in charge since taking over the reins at Goodison Park from David Moyes.
He has overseen excellent progress in the division since then, losing only twice and establishing them firmly in the top six of the table.
Norwich have drawn on their last two visits to Merseyside, though, with Sebastien Bassong heading home in stoppage time to earn a point last season.
Everton lead the overall head-to-head record between the two sides, with 20 wins to the Canaries’ 15. There have been 17 draws.
City will welcome back Sebastien Bassong, Wes Hoolahan and Bradley Johnson for the game from injury.
MOST RECENT COMPETITIVE MEETINGS…
NORWICH CITY 2-2 Everton 17/08/2013 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 2-1 Everton 23/02/2013 – Premier League
Everton 1-1 NORWICH CITY 24/11/2012 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 2-2 Everton 07/04/2012 – Premier League
Everton 1-1 NORWICH CITY 17/12/2011 – Premier League
LAST TIME AROUND… Norwich City 2-2 Everton, August 17 2013 – Premier League…
RICKY van Wolfswinkel scored on his full debut for the Canaries to earn a 2-2 draw after an entertaining first game of the season at Carrow Road.
The Dutch international forward, a record signing from Sporting Lisbon in the summer, nodded home Steven Whittaker’s sliced cross midway through the second half.
Whittaker had put City ahead from a tight angle but Ross Barkley’s stunning strike and Seamus Coleman’s close-range effort looked to have changed the game in Everton’s favour.
Van Wolfswinkel’s goal meant an even game finished all square, and Hughton was impressed by the impact of his new signing, saying: “He's certainly done today what we wanted him to do. That's about working hard for the team. He certainly gave us a good outlet up front.
“He's a willing runner up front and I'm really pleased for him. It was certainly a nice feeling to get a goal on his debut.
"I think it was a fair result. They showed what a good side they are. They are seasoned side so we are delighted with the result. You want to win every home game but overall I am quite happy."
W – 4-0 v Queens Park Rangers (H) 04/01/2014 – FA Cup Third Round
D – 1-1 v Stoke City (A) 01/01/2014 – Premier League
W – 2-1 v Southampton (H) 29/12/2013 – Premier League
L – 0-1 v Sunderland (H) 26/12/2013 – Premier League
W – 2-1 v Swansea City (A) 22/12/2013 – Premier League
D – 1-1 v Fulham (H) 04/01/2014 – FA Cup Third Round
D – 1-1 v Crystal Palace (A) 01/01/2014 – Premier League
L – 0-1 v Manchester United (H) 28/12/2013 – Premier League
L – 1-2 v Fulham (H) 26/12/2013 – Premier League
D – 0-0 v Sunderland (A) 21/12/2013 – Premier League
LAST EVERTON XI (4-2-3-1 v Queens Park Rangers)…
Joel Robles; Seamus Coleman, Antolin Alcaraz, John Stones, Bryan Oviedo; James McCarthy, Gareth Barry; Steven Naismith, Ross Barkley, Leon Osman (c); Nikica Jelavic.
LAST NORWICH CITY XI (4-3-3 v Fulham)…
Mark Bunn; Steven Whittaker, Russell Martin (c), Ryan Bennett, Martin Olsson; David Fox, Robert Snodgrass, Javier Garrido; Johan Elmander, Josh Murphy, Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
REFEREE – Kevin Friend…
Leicestershire official Kevin Friend’s only Norwich City game so far this season was the Canaries’ 4-0 defeat to Manchester United in the Capital One Cup in October.
In the 16 games he has refereed this season, he has given out just one red card – to Sunderland’s Wes Brown against Stoke City in November – and 50 yellow cards.
His one visit to Goodison Park this season saw him oversee the Toffees’ 0-0 stalemate with Tottenham Hotspur in November.
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES…
Hull City v Chelsea (12.45)
Cardiff City v West Ham United
EVERTON v NORWICH CITY
Fulham v Sunderland
Southampton v West Bromwich Albion
Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace
Manchester United v Swansea City (17.30)
Newcastle United v Manchester City (Sunday, 14.05)
Stoke City v Liverpool (Sunday, 16.10)
Aston Villa v Arsenal (Monday, 20.00)