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Match Preview: Southampton v Norwich City

3 December 2019

Norwich City face their first midweek league action of the season on Wednesday when they travel to St. Mary’s to play Southampton (7.30pm KO).

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

There are also details for City fans travelling to the south coast, including security information, as well as a guide on how to follow the action for those who aren’t at the ground.

The opposition

Southampton picked up their first win since September on Saturday, overcoming Watford 2-1, a result which saw Hornets boss Quique Sanchez Flores lose his job.

Since their previous victory over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on September 14, Ralph Hassenhuttl’s men went seven league games without a win, including a 9-0 hammering at the hands of Leicester City.

Their victory over Watford at the weekend looked unlikely with 15 minutes remaining after Ismaila Sarr’s first-half opener.

However, Southampton turned the tables with a quickfire double in the space of five minutes.

Danny Ings turned home the first from a Moussa Djenepo cross and James Ward-Prowse completed the turnaround moments later with a textbook free-kick.

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Southampton haven’t found scoring goals an issue this year, it’s been their leakiness at the back which has caused their struggles. They’ve conceded a league-worst 32 goals this season so far.

City could come up against former players Angus Gunn, who played every league game for the Canaries in the 2017-18 season whilst on loan from Manchester City, and Nathan Redmond, who scored in the 2014-15 Championship play-off final at Wembley.


City have struggled on their recent excursions to Southampton, having only won one of their last 13 visits.

Home and away, of the 117 meetings the two sides have had since 1905, City have had 40 wins, 38 draws and 49 defeats.

The two sides last met back in January 2017 in an FA Cup third round replay, with Shane Long firing a late winner to knock the Canaries out of the competition.

Ref watch

Kevin Friend will be the man in the middle for Wednesday’s fixture. Friend has overseen nine Premier League games, and two Championship games this season, handing out 33 yellow cards and two red cards across those matches.

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He’s officiated Norwich twice this season for the 3-2 win over Manchester City and 2-0 defeat away to Brighton and Hove Albion.

For this week’s fixture, his assistants will be Mark Scholes and Adrian Holmes, with Lee Swabey the fourth official. Simon Hooper and Andy Garratt will be overseeing VAR.

Info for supporters

For a visiting supporter guide, CLICK HERE.

Matchday odds supplied by Dafabet

Dafabet have some odds boosts ahead of the game. You can get Onel Hernandez to score anytime at 6/1 and Todd Cantwell to score anytime at the same price.

Match odds:

Southampton: 17/20
Draw: 14/5
Norwich: 3/1

Click here to view all odds and bet with Dafabet.

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How to follow

Supporters can watch the match for FREE on Amazon Prime Video by signing up for a free trial. To do so, CLICK HERE.

Canaries TV subscribers can listen to live BBC Radio Norfolk commentary from Chris Goreham by purchasing a match/monthly/yearly pass. For more info, click HERE.

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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