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Match Preview: Norwich City v Crystal Palace

30 December 2019

Norwich City host Crystal Palace at Carrow Road on Wednesday (5:30pm kick-off) in their first 2020 Premier League fixture.

Our Match Preview has an overview of this fixture’s history, an insight into the Eagles’ season and a look at who will be the man in the middle.

The opposition

Crystal Palace have had a good run in their Premier League campaign so far, managing to pick up a decent amount of points from their games against the ‘top six’, drawing with Arsenal and beating Manchester United.

The Eagles’ downfall has been in picking up points where they should be having an easier time taking them, often settling for a point via a draw.

In a tight table, Palace currently sit 9th with 27 points, however they remain just three points behind the more prestigious positions of 6th and 7th.

Turning to the stats provides some further insight. Palace have scored just 18 this season, the second-lowest tally raised by any team in the league, only beating Watford, who sit on 15.

Although the goal-scoring is a tough pill to swallow, fans will be reassured by their comparatively incredible defensive record. Palace have conceded 22 goals this season, the third lowest in the league. The only teams to better that are Liverpool, Leicester City and Sheffield United (who are joint-second).


The two sides have met seven times since 2010, with the Canaries winning one, drawing one and losing four.

The Eagles have bested City on all three of their last match-ups, the most recent being in September of this season.

A Luka Milivojevic penalty and Andros Townsend last-minute goal proved to be more than enough for Palace to take the three points at Selhurst Park.

Ref watch

Jonathan Moss will oversee the fixture and be assisted by Marc Perry and Eddie Smart. Andy Woolmer will be the fourth official. On VAR duties this week are Jarred Gillett and Richard West.

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Moss has refereed 13 Premier League fixtures this season, handing out 48 yellow cards and two reds across those fixtures.

He was last appointed to officiate a Norwich game back in September, when he was the man in charge of our away game against Crystal Palace. The Eagles won 2-0, taking all three points home. Moss made two bookings in the match.

Info for supporters

We have a guide for all supporters heading to Carrow Road. It has lots of information about getting to Carrow Road, prohibited items, stadium opening times and much more. Click here to view it.

Away fans have a dedicated venue to attend prior to the match kicking off. The Waterfront, situated on King Street, has a beer garden with a licensed bar offering a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and food vendors.

Away supporters can enter the stadium from 3.30pm.

The Junior Canaries Family FanZone at Carrow Park will be open between 3pm and 5pm.

Please note that the majority of kiosks in the stadium this season have contactless-only tills. In the away end, the left-hand lanes of kiosks are contactless-only.

How to follow

Supporters can sign up to Canaries TV to watch our matchday show, #NR1Live. The broadcast begins at 5pm on Wednesday and will feature pre and post-match reaction from presenter Darren Eadie and his studio guests, Timm Klose, Scott Howie and Charlie Wyett. During the match, supporters will be able to listen to commentary from BBC Radio Norfolk's Chris Goreham.

UK-based supporters can catch the game on television, with the match being broadcast live on BT Sport.

For those who can’t catch it on television, we will be running regular updates on our Twitter account, including reaction after the final whistle.

There will also be a minute-by-minute live match blog on and you can also receive updates on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

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