Norwich City - Liverpool Preview: Reds have only won once in last 11 league matches
Kenny Dalglish's side need a win as they fall behind the top six, while Paul Lambert’s Canaries could go level on points with their opponents with a victory
By Miles Chambers
Martin, R Bennett, Ward, Drury
E Bennett, Howson, Hoolahan, Surman
Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique
Bellamy, Spearing, Gerrard, Downing
Neither side competing on Saturday evening have too much to worry about in the injury department. Liverpool remain without Lucas (knee) who will not return until pre-season, while Charlie Adam (knee) will also miss the final stretch of the club’s 2011-12 campaign.
Paul Lambert’s side have a few absent players: Marc Tierney (groin) misses the final three games having undergone surgery.
Former Red, Daniel Ayala (hamstring) has been out of action since February while another Anfield academy graduate Zak Whitbread may return to the team after recovering from a calf problem.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Liverpool have only won once in their last 11 league matches - a 3-2 triumph at Blackburn Rovers earlier in April.
- Norwich City have not had things their own way themselves lately either. The East Anglia club have only come away with three points twice in their last 10 games.
- Grant Holt (pictured right), has been a storming success this season, scoring 15 goals. The former Rochdale man has netted five in his last 10 outings.
- The Reds have scored seven goals less than their newly promoted counterparts in this Premier League campaign.
- However, the Reds' defence has been a plus point for Kenny Dalglish. The Merseyside team have conceded just 37 times in 34 matches heading into their tie with Norwich, who have conceded 60 in 35 clashes.
- The Carrow Road club will go level on points with Liverpool should they win on Saturday (albeit they will have played a game more).
- If Andy Carroll starts this weekend it will be the first time he has been in the starting line-up in four consecutive competitive matches this season. The striker is 6/1 to score the first goal with Paddy Power.
- With the Canaries and Swansea City seemingly safe for another year in the top flight, but QPR battling the drop, it could be the fourth successive year that just one promoted side has gone back down to the Championship at the first attempt.
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Top 3 Predictions
Norwich City 1-2 Liverpool
- 13.8 %
Norwich City 0-2 Liverpool
- 12.9 %
Norwich City 2-1 Liverpool
- 11.29 %
|Premier League (EPL)||19 Jan 2013||Liverpool 5 - Norwich City 0|
|Premier League (EPL)||29 Sep 2012||Norwich City 2 - Liverpool 5|
|Premier League (EPL)||28 Apr 2012||Norwich City 0 - Liverpool 3|
|Premier League (EPL)||22 Oct 2011||Liverpool 1 - Norwich City 1|
|19 May 2013||Manchester City 2 - Norwich City 3||EPL|
|12 May 2013||Norwich City 4 - West Bromwich Albion 0||EPL|
|4 May 2013||Norwich City 1 - Aston Villa 2||EPL|
|27 Apr 2013||Stoke City 1 - Norwich City 0||EPL|
|20 Apr 2013||Norwich City 2 - Reading 1||EPL|
|Returns:||Norwich City £1010.00||Sign up with William Hill for a free bet up to £25|
|Returns:||Draw £610.00||Sign up with William Hill for a free bet up to £25|
|Returns:||Liverpool £18.00||Sign up to Paddy Power for £250 in free bets|
|25||José Reina Paez||Goalkeeper|
The former Leeds United man has played every minute of the club’s last six league matches and has become a mainstay of the Canaries’ midfield since his move from Elland Road in January.
Although he has only scored once - in the 2-2 draw with Everton at Carrow Road earlier in April - it was a scorching strike and he poses a definite threat to the Liverpool defence on Saturday.
The former Newcastle man failed to score last weekend in the Reds’ 1-0 loss to West Brom, but that was in part because of the goalkeeping heroics of Ben Foster.
Carroll has looked more of the striker he was at St James’ Park before his mega-money transfer to Anfield lately, and Kenny Dalglish will be hoping Liverpool can witness his full potential this weekend should he be chosen up front.
Liverpool’s league campaign has been an anti-climax and seventh place looks to be the highest the visitors can hope for this season.
Norwich City are made of stern stuff though, and will be determined not to roll over the way they did in the second half when Manchester City came to Carrow Road a fortnight ago.
This match could swing either way in a game that matters not at the top or bottom of the Premier League, a low-scoring draw may be the most likely outcome on Saturday evening.