Chris Hughton’s side have only won one game in their last eight and will need to pick up the points to stay in the division. With their rivals having games in hand, the task is made more difficult but a win at Carrow Road will ease the pressure on the under-fire manager. Norwich do fare better at home, so the Canaries boss could go with a more attacking lineup, with Wes Hoolahan playing ‘in the hole’ behind striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel instead of Gary Hooper. Redmond also returns to the lineup and should start on the left of midfield.
Sunderland (4-3-3): Mannone, Bardsley, Brown, O’Shea, Alonso, Bridcutt, Johnson, Colback, Ki, Borini, Jozy Altidore
Sunderland couldn’t break down a stubborn Crystal Palace side during the weekend in a 0-0 draw at the Stadium of Light, leaving the Black Cats in the relegation zone. With a trip to Anfield for a clash against in-form Liverpool next week, Gus Poyet’s men need a result to continue their rise out of the bottom three. Fletcher is a doubt for the clash, so Jozy Altidore could spearhead the Sunderland attack supported on the flanks by Fabio Borini and Adam Johnson.
The Norwich v Sunderland game on the weekend is massive, the team that loses will do well to survive
— mark allman (@allman85) March 19, 2014
16th 17th and 18th all have at least one game in hand on Norwich who are only 4 above the drop come on Sunderland win at the weekend
— macca (@MacaulyLUFC) March 18, 2014
Bet a drink on the Norwich v Sunderland match with a mate. No doubt Norwich will let me down again but it’s worth the risk…
— Sian. (@sianpeeling6) March 17, 2014
Andy Reid scores an exquisite chip that leaves the Norwich keeper frozen to the spot back in 2010.
Norwich seem to perform better at Carrow Road than away from home, so we’re backing Robert Snodgrass to produce the goods once again after notching two goals in his last four games.
Norwich City vs. Sunderland: An Alternative Preview
There have been just five goals scored in the last six Barclays Premier League games played at Carrow Road, three for the Canaries and two against.
Craig Gardner scored in both Barclays Premier League meetings with Norwich City last season.
None of the last 12 league meetings between Norwich and Sunderland has ended as an away win (nine home wins and three draws).
The Black Cats have recovered just two points from losing positions this season, the joint-fewest in the top flight.
Norwich are unbeaten in their last five Premier League home matches (W2 D3).
Defeat at Arsenal last time out ended a ruin of six without defeat on the road for the Black Cats in the Premier League (D3 W3).
Vito Mannone has averaged 4.7 saves per match this season, more than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League.
The Italian goalkeeper also has saved a higher percentage of shots on target faced of any Premier League goalkeeper this season (81%), while Keiren Westwood has the lowest (55%).
Sunderland have been given the most red cards in this season’s Premier League (6).
Norwich City’s four strikers (Hooper, Van Wolfswinkel, Elmander & Becchio) have attempted just 27 shots on target in a combined 3966 mins on the pitch in the Premier League this season – one every 147 mins on average.