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Match Previews

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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Match Reports

City edged out by Southampton

4 December 2019

Despite a late rally Norwich City were edged out by the odd goal in three against Southampton on Wednesday night at St Mary’s.

After falling two goals behind following first half goals from Danny Ings and Ryan Bertrand, City rallied from the hour mark but ultimately fell just short of a share of the spoils.

Teemu Pukki dispatched from an acute angle to halve the deficit, and despite a late flurry of chances in front of a vocal travelling contingent the night on the south coast would end in defeat.

Daniel Farke named an unchanged starting line-up following the home draw against Arsenal three days earlier.

The only change in the 18 saw Alex Tettey named among the substitutes in place of Patrick Roberts.

The first 15 minutes passed with little goalmouth action of note.

It took until that point for Kenny McLean to send a low daisy-cutter from range into the side netting of the Southampton goal.

The home side responded. Shane Long rose highest among a crowd of bodies in the Norwich area to head tamely at Tim Krul after a swirling cross from Cedric Soares.

And with nothing to chose between the two sides, it was Southampton who struck first midway through the opening half.

Ings arrived at the near post to glance a dangerous James Ward-Prowse set piece from the left wing into the Norwich net.

Buoyed by their opener, the home side came close to doubling their lead when Moussa Djenepo fizzed a shot from the edge of the area narrowly over Tim Krul’s crossbar.

But that only proved a temporary respite, as Saints’ second goal arrived on the stroke of half time.

From a corner kick another dangerous delivery from Ward-Prowse was this time flicked on by Long, with Bertrand arriving at the back post to convert from point blank range.

At half time Farke shuffled the pack, introducing Marco Stiepermann and Tettey in place Tom Trybull and Ibrahim Amadou.

City continued to see their fair share of the ball and on the hour mark gradually began to make inroads into the Saints rearguard.

On the hour Stiepermann engineered space in the Southampton half before bundled the ball out left to the arriving Sam Byram who saw a low shot gathered at the second attempt by Alex McCarthy.

Stiepermann then fired over the bar following a clever dummy from Todd Cantwell following Pukki’s cutback from the left byline.

And that brief period of City pressure ultimately resulted in a route back into the game.

Tettey slid a clever pass through a forest of Saints defenders onto which Pukki raced. After a couple of touches to steady himself when clear of the backline, the Finland international clinically converted from the left channel for his ninth league goal of the season.

Cedric saw a shot saved by Krul immediately thereafter, capitalising from Long’s pass out wide.

The final roll of the City dice came in the shape of Emi Buendia’s introduction from the bench, Cantwell making way for the former’s inclusion.

With City firmly on the attack in stoppage time, they almost found the equaliser when Aarons’ cross was flicked wide via the head of Buendia. Byram then saw a shot sail over the bar as City’s valiant attempt at a comeback amounted to just the one goal deficit.

Southampton: McCarthy, Cedric, Stephens, Long (Yoshida 85), Ings (Adams 77), Djenepo (Romeu 71), Ward-Prowse, Bertrand, Redmond, Hojberg (c), Bednarek
Unused substitutes: Gunn, Boufal, Obafemi, Danso
Goals: Ings (22), Bertrand (43)
Bookings: Djenepo (59)

Norwich City: Krul, Aarons, Byram, Godfrey, Zimmermann (c), Hernandez, Cantwell (Buendia 83), Trybull (Tettey 46), Pukki, McLean, Amadou (Stiepermann 46)
Unused substitutes: Fahrmann, Vrancic, Lewis, Srbeny
Goals: Pukki (65)
Bookings: Byram (62)

Referee: Kevin Friend
Kick off time: 7.30pm
Venue: St Mary’s
Half time: 2-0

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Ticket News

Tickets for Southampton fixture available to Away Premier Members

13 November 2019

Tickets for Norwich City’s trip to St Mary’s Stadium to face Southampton are available for Premier Members to purchase this morning.

The game takes place on Wednesday, December 4 (7:30pm kick-off).

Tickets will be priced at:

Adults £30
65+ and 18-25s £27
Under-18s £25

Tickets will be available to be purchased via the following sales windows at 9am each day:

Premier Members
Wednesday, November 13
Standard Members
Thursday, November 14
Season Ticket Holders
Friday, November 15
General Sale
Monday, November 18

Coach travel is priced at £32 with a £1 discount for Away Premier and Standard Members and Season Ticket Holders. Coaches will depart Carrow Road at 12:30pm on the day of the game.

Tickets can be purchased ONLINE, by phone on 01603 721902 (option one) or at the Carrow Road ticket office.

Fans can secure their seat ahead of these tickets going on sale with one of our VIP Away Day packages. Click here to find out more.

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