Norwich City travel to Burnley this weekend for their first-ever Premier League meeting with the Clarets on Saturday afternoon (3pm KO).
Our Match Preview includes insight from a local journalist to discuss the opposition in detail, an overview of this fixture’s history, and who will be the man in the middle at Turf Moor.
There are also details for City fans travelling to Burnley, including directions and security information, as well as a guide on how to follow the action for those who aren’t at the ground.
Burnley have become an established Premier League club since they won the Championship in 2016, fending off a testing start to their 2018-19 campaign.
Perhaps victims of their own success, an incredible 2017-18 season saw Burnley finish 7th and qualify for the Europa League, contributing to a challenging ten months the following year.
Despite a troubling start in which the Clarets found themselves in the relegation zone right up until the end of 2018, the club stood by Sean Dyche and were rewarded for their patience.
Burnley had a radical upturn in form, going eight games unbeaten from December 30, 2018 to February 23, 2019, in a run that included a draw against Manchester United and a win over Tottenham Hotspur. They eventually finished 15th in the Premier League, avoiding relegation by six points.
This season, it’s been a respectable start to the season. Whilst five points in as many games demonstrates a less than impressive run, the two defeats have come against Liverpool and Arsenal. Meanwhile, draws away to Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brighton & Hove Albion, alongside an opening 3-0 home win to Southampton make up the rest of the results.
Earlier in the week, canaries.co.uk spoke to Chris Boden, Sports Editor at the Burnley Express, to get his thoughts on the Claret’s season so far.
“They’ve largely played well, probably until the second half against Brighton on Saturday,” he said. “One way or another, they’ll stay in the league. I’m certain of that.”
“This is one of those games where all three results are possible. You could conceivably see Norwich building on last week, you could see Burnley being strong and getting something, so I’ll sit on the fence and say a point apiece.”
To read the full interview with Chris, click here.
Norwich City and Burnley have met on 40 occasions since 1934, with City winning 14 times, Burnley winning 19 times, and the other seven games ending in a draw.
Last time the two sides met was at Carrow Road in the FA Cup third round on January 7, 2012. City won that game 4-1, with goals from Grant Holt, Simeon Jackson, Andrew Surman and Steve Morison sending Paul Lambert’s Canaries through to a Round 4 tie at West Bromwich Albion.
Saturday’s game will represent the first time Norwich City and Burnley meet in the Premier League. Burnley prospered in the club’s ten Championship meetings between 2005 and 2011, winning on six occasions. City only one two of those games and drew the other two, so despite the FA Cup result, recent history favours Burnley.
David Coote will be the man in the middle for Saturday afternoon’s fixture. Coote has overseen one Premier League game and two Championship games so far this season, handing out 11 yellow cards across those matches.
He was last appointed to officiate a Norwich game in March 2019 for a feisty encounter with Middlesbrough. An Onel Hernandez strike gave City the 1-0 win, with Coote handing out seven yellow cards on the day.
For this weekend’s fixture, his assistants will be Peter Kirkup and Nicholas Hopton, with Paul Marsden the fourth official. Kevin Friend and Simon Bennett will be overseeing VAR.
Info for supporters
Please note there are no ‘left luggage’ facilities at the stadium which is why travelling supporters are asked to note the club’s up to date banned items list contained in the supporter’s guide link.
This link provides full information on the many ways to get to Turf Moor plus further information about car parking local to the stadium.
The ground is situated in a mainly residential area and only car owners with resident's permits will be allowed to park on-street in the designated areas and any cars parked illegally will be subject to local enforcement. Local parking restrictions must be adhered to on these residential streets and hence, we advise to use the designated car parks preferentially.
If supporters are travelling by National Rail services we would recommend them to use the National Rail enquires website or app just in case of any problems: www.nationalrail.co.uk.
There will be full searches and ticket inspections before entry. The current guideline is that turnstiles will open at 1.30pm for a 3pm kick-off to allow plenty of time for access, so please arrive early to avoid queues.
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.