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SWANSEA PREVIEW

28 March 2014

Canaries take on Swans this weekend

SWANSEA CITY v NORWICH CITY
Barclays Premier League
15.00 kick-off
Liberty Stadium
Saturday, March 29, 2014

THE Canaries impressive record in the last two seasons at the Liberty Stadium should fill the squad with confidence as they head to South Wales this weekend.

This fixture last time around produced one of the most memorable days in the 2012/13 season as Chris Hughton’s side grabbed their maiden away win of the campaign by triumphing 4-3.

That followed the 2-1 win there in the Club’s first year back in the top flight – all of which should place the players in a positive frame of mind before Saturday’s encounter.

Garry Monk’s Swansea haven’t had that winning feeling for nine matches in all competitions, but will undoubtedly be buoyed by their 2-2 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.

The two sides have met 50 times, with each team winning 20 games, with the other ten ending all square.

MOST RECENT COMPETITIVE MEETINGS…
NORWICH CITY 1-1 Swansea City 15/12/2013 – Premier League
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 15/10/2011 – Premier League



LAST TIME AROUND… Norwich City 1-1 Swansea City, December 15 2013 – Premier League…

Gary Hooper’s brilliant volley earned Norwich City a point as they drew 1-1 with Swansea City when the clubs last met back in December.

The striker scored his fourth goal in six Premier League games to cancel out Nathan Dyer’s opener.

Dyer went on to pick up a serious ankle injury that marred the rest of the contest, with Michael Turner and Hooper going closest to notching a winner for the Canaries.

The result left Norwich in 14th place in the Premier League table, clear of the Premier League relegation zone by five points.

Chris Hughton said afterwards: “I thought we very much edged it in the second half. We conceded a poor goal, showed great character and needed a special goal to get back into it.

"I thought if anyone was going to score in the second half it would be us. It was important we didn't lose the game.

"It was a very special goal (from Hooper). They are the ones you don't bank on. What you expect from your strikers is them to score run of the mill goals. The bonus ones are when something out of nothing is produced. He showed great technique."

SWANS’ FORM…
D – 2-2 v Arsenal (A) 25/03/2014 – Premier League
L – 3-2 v Everton (A) 22/03/2014 – Premier League
L – 1-2 v West Bromwich Albion (H) 15/03/2014 – Premier League
D – 1-1 v Crystal Palace (H) 02/03/2014 – Premier League
L – 1-3 v Napoli (A) 27/02/2014 – Europa League last 32

CANARIES’ FORM…
W – 2-0 v Sunderland (H) 22/03/2014 – Premier League
L – 2-4 v Southampton (A) 15/03/2014 – Premier League
D – 1-1 v Stoke City (H) 08/03/2014 – Premier League
L – 1-4 v Aston Villa (A) 02/03/2014 – Premier League
W – 1-0 v Tottenham Hotspur (H) 23/02/2014 – Premier League



LAST SWANSEA CITY XI (4-2-3-1 v Arsenal)…

Michel Vorm; Angel Rangel, Ashley Williams (c), Chico Flores, Neil Taylor; Leon Britton, Jonathan de Guzman; Jonjo Shelvey, Wayne Routledge, Michu; Wilfried Bony.

LAST NORWICH CITY XI (4-4-2 v Sunderland)…
John Ruddy; Russell Martin, Joseph Yobo, Sebastien Bassong (c), Martin Olsson; Robert Snodgrass, Jonny Howson, Alexander Tettey, Wes Hoolahan; Johan Elmander, Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

REFEREE – Jonathan Moss…
West Yorkshire official Jonathan Moss takes charge of his fourth Norwich City match of the season at the Liberty Stadium this weekend.

He was referee for the 0-0 draw with Manchester City at Carrow Road most recently, while he also oversaw the 2-1 home defeat to Fulham on Boxing Day and the 3-1 victory over West Ham United in November.

Moss’ most recent assignment was at the Etihad Stadium last weekend, when he sent off Fulham defender Fernando Amorebieta in their 5-0 defeat against Manchester City.

That was his third red card of the campaign after he dismissed Crystal Palace’s Kagisho Dikgacoi against Manchester United in September and Tottenham Hotspur’s Paulinho against Liverpool in December.

He has given out 94 yellow cards in that period.

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES (all games at 15.00 on Saturday unless stated otherwise)…
Manchester United v Aston Villa (12.45)
Crystal Palace v Chelsea
Southampton v Newcastle United
Stoke City v Hull City
SWANSEA CITY v NORWICH CITY
West Bromwich Albion v Cardiff City
Arsenal v Manchester City (17.30)
Fulham v Everton (Sunday, 13.30)
Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur (Sunday, 16.00)
Sunderland v West Ham United (Monday, 20.00)

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