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Match Preview: Everton v Norwich City

22 November 2019

Norwich City travel to Goodison Park this weekend for their first Premier League meeting with Everton in over three years.

Our Match Preview includes insight from a local journalist to discuss the opposition in detail, an overview of this fixture’s history, and a look at who will be the man in the middle.

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

The opposition

Everton had a troubled start to their 2019/20 season but have begun to pick up some good results in recent weeks.

Given the misleading nature of the current Premier League standings, the Toffees are 15th in the division ahead of this weekend’s game, despite being just three points behind Sheffield United in fifth.

Form looked promising enough at the start of the season for Marco Silva’s side, who picked up four points from the first possible six and kept two clean sheets in those games against Crystal Palace and Watford.

However, defeats to Aston Villa, AFC Bournemouth, Sheffield United, Manchester City and Burnley made up five of the following six league results, a 3-2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers the one saving grace in that period.

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Since that defeat at Turf Moor, they’ve only lost once in five games in all competitions – 3-2 at Brighton & Hove Albion. West Ham United and Southampton were both defeated by Everton in the top-flight, while Tottenham Hotspur were held to a 1-1 draw.

A good cup run has also been slowly boiling, with victories against Lincoln City, Sheffield Wednesday and Watford seeing the Toffees into the Carabao Cup quarter finals against Leicester City in December.

To read an in-depth analysis on Everton, take a look at our Ask the Expert interview with the Liverpool Echo’s Sam Carroll.

Head-to-head

Goodison Park hasn’t been the happiest hunting ground for Norwich City over the decades. To read more about our history there, click here

Home and away, of the 59 meetings the two sides have had since 1972, City have had 17 wins, 18 draws and 24 defeats.

Last time they met, Alex Neil’s Canaries salvaged a 2-0 League Cup win at Goodison Park in 2016 thanks to goals from Steven Naismith and Josh Murphy.

Ref watch

Anthony Taylor will be the man in the middle for Saturday afternoon’s fixture. Taylor has overseen 11 Premier League games, three Champions League games and three European Championship qualifiers so far this season, handing out 86 yellow cards and three red cards across those matches.

The last time he officiated a Norwich game was for a 1-0 Premier League defeat at West Bromwich Albion in March 2016.

For this weekend’s fixture, his assistants will be Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn, David Webb the fourth official. Darren England and Scott Ledger will be overseeing VAR.

Info for supporters

To find out the best ways of accessing Goodison Park by car or by public transport, click here to download Everton’s matchday guide.

Turnstiles will open at 1.30pm, but it’s recommended that supporters arrive early to avoid delays. All bags will be searched upon entry to the stadium. The guide also includes security information, details on pre-match entertainment and more.

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How to follow

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 canaries.co.uk and you can also receive updates on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Canary fans can also sign up to the Norwich City WhatsApp group to receive the starting line-up ahead of the game straight to your phone, as well as the half-time and full-time score and game highlights. Click HERE to sign up.


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