We Go the Game Preview – Norwich City vs Everton

The Blues travel down to Norwich on Saturday for the lunch time kick off in front of the TV cameras. Everton’s form has been brilliant in recent weeks, although they have failed to collect the points tally their performances have deserved. This needs to change quickly if the team have serious aspirations of mounting an assault on the Premier League’s top four, with three points a must to close the gap on the teams currently in the Champions League places.

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Your Carrow Road Memories:

Everton’s Premier League record against the Canaries is poor, with just one win in seven trips. That victory came in October 2004, when a Duncan Ferguson header won the game for the Blues after Everton had previously thrown away a 2-0 lead.

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In fact that Duncan Ferguson goal sealed one of only two wins at Carrow Road since Everton were crowned English Champions at Norwich back in 1987. Howard Kendall’s Blues clinched the title in Norfolk thanks to a solitary goal from Psycho Pat.

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Other notable wins include a 4-1 victory in the League Cup, Kendall’s men destroying Norwich, with Sheedy, Sharp, Steven and Heath on the scoresheet.

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Not all memories are positive, our poor record at Norwich has ensured the odd torturous long journey home.

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Where to Watch:

The away allocation is completely sold out and despite the long journey there doesn’t appear to be too many changing hands on twitter. If you are one of the fortunate ones and fancy a drink when you are down there the footballgroundguide.com recommends the following:

The main pub for away fans is the ‘Compleat Angler’, which is located opposite the railway station. It is situated on a river bank and has a nice outside terrace outside overlooking the river. The pub itself is a bit basic but offers food and is away fan friendly. It is a about a ten minute walk away from Carrow Road. Otherwise Norwich has a number of pubs located in its centre, in fact on one visit I found a number of good pubs situated in-between the train station and the ground, that were friendly. In fact I almost ended up being a pub crawl before the match had begun! 

Not far away from the ground and towards the City Centre a new leisure complex called the Riverside has opened. This has a number of drinking and eating establishments, including a Wetherspoons Lloyds No.1 outlet. Whilst Nicholas Mead suggests; ‘the Coach and Horses on Thorpe Road brews its own beer and is around a 10 minute walk away from the ground.

If you are not heading to Carrow Road then the game is live on BT Sport in the UK, various channels around the world and a number of dodgy streams on the net.

Team News:

Leighton Baines is back in contention for a starting spot, although Roberto Martinez will continue to be careful with the England left back’s return. Martinez faces a difficult decision with Brendan Galloway having done very little wrong, although Baines will potentially offer the Blues more going forward.

“When a player is out for such a long period like Leighton was, you can’t just expect to him to be perfect for 90 minutes. He’s getting close to challenge for a start but at the moment his contribution has to be measured from a medical point of view.” Roberto Martinez

James McCarthy faces a late fitness test, if the weekend comes too soon for the former Wigan man, then Tom Cleverley is likely to continue in midfield in his place. The other big decision is whether Arouna Kone should continue on the left? Martinez has a number of options, including playing the aforementioned Cleverley in a wider role, or bringing in Kevin Mirallas, Steven Naismith or Aaron Lennon.

Roberto’s Press Conference:

Predicted Line Up:

Howard, Coleman, Baines, Stones, Funes Mori, Barry, Cleverley, Barkley, Deulofeu, Kone, Lukaku

Score Prediction:

St Domingos: Norwich 1-3 Everton (Lukaku to keep his scoring run going with a brace)

And the rest of the web…

Mark Lawrenson: Norwich 2-1 Everton

Paul Merson: Norwich 1-3 Everton

“I’m going for an Everton win. Romelu Lukaku is on fire, and I think they’re better suited away from home.” Paul Merson

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