Written by: @GrantMilesFF
Norwich and Swansea both enter this game with contrasting fortunes. The Canaries are looking for their third consecutive Premier League victory while the Swans are reeling from their 1-0 defeat to St Gallen in the Europa League on Thursday night.
Michael Laudrup’s charges have been struggling to rediscover their early season form with Bony injured and despite sitting in tenth place are still only six points away from the relegation zone.
This game is expected to deliver goals with the last four meetings producing 20 goals and 16 goals in the last 3 Premier League match ups.
Norwich will be hoping to rely on Gary Hooper again following his resolute display last time out, against West Brom, and captain Sebastien Bassong will go into the game fresh off a new contract extension till 2016.
Swansea will be hoping that Angel Rangel passes a late fitness test so he can return on Sunday. The right back has been sidelined for the last 2 weeks with a calf problem, but finally looks to have overcome that to be able to feature here.
Chico Flores picked up a knee injury in the Europa League on Thursday, but is unavailable anyway due to picking up a fifth booking and a suspension against Hull on Monday. Michel Vorm is expected to start in goal even though he announced that he is expecting to having a knee operation in January.
Norwich may be the slight favourites here, but Swansea have travelled well this season picking up maximum points on the road 3 times already this term. However, they are yet to win at Carrow Road since their return to the top flight.
Norwich v Swansea Match Stats
There have been 20 goals scored in just four Barclays Premier League meetings between Norwich and Swansea.
Swansea forward Michu scored three goals in two games against Norwich City last season.
Robert Snodgrass scored in both Premier League games for Norwich against Swansea last season and also assisted two goals for the Canaries.
Martin Olsson has cleared more shots off the line that any other player in the Premier League this season (3), while Norwich have made more clearances off the line than any other side (7).
Norwich have allowed their opponents more shots on target against them than any other team in the Premier League this season (91).
The Canaries have been caught offside just 17 times this season, fewer than any other side in the league.
Gary Hooper has scored in each of Norwich’s last two Premier League home games.
Last weekend John Ruddy became only the fourth different goalkeeper to record 10+ saves in a Premier League game this season (plus Krul, Begovic & Marshall twice).
Norwich are looking to win three successive Premier League home games for the first time since five in a row last season, a run that ended on December 15 (exactly one year ago).
Geographically this is the widest east-west fixture ever to feature in the English top-flight.