Norwich City Under-18s are starting their New Year on home soil, as they host Leicester City at Lotus Training Centre on Saturday (12pm kick-off).
A win would be the right way to start 2020 for the young Canaries, not only giving them a handy three points, but also extend their win streak in all competitions to a comfortable four. Three points would also see the U18s climb to nine points in the table, and with Arsenal playing unbeaten Chelsea, should Arsenal lose, the Canaries will go level with the North London side.
The build-up to and throughout the festive period clearly took its toll on Leicester’s U18s, with the side only picking up one win from five games, losing the other four. This bag of results doesn’t reflect their usual form, with earlier periods of the season showing Leicester’s capability to pick up some points, proven by their fifth-place position in the table.
The foxes last played Tottenham Hotspur, just being edged out of a win in a 4-3 loss as Spurs showed a late comeback from 3-1 down.
The Canaries last met Leicester back in August of this season, with the two teams settling for a point in a 1-1 draw.
The stats are a possible sign of things to come for the Canaries. The Foxes have found the back of the net 19 times this season, the third-lowest in the league. Whilst that might seem like an advantage on paper, Leicester are fifth for a reason.
The Canaries may find out for themselves that this reason is Leicester’s defensive skillset. The side have only conceded 21 times this season, the fourth-best record in the league, making it clear that whilst Leicester aren’t exactly dangerous in front of goal, they are able to prevent goals themselves.