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  • 17 December 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
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Everton - Norwich City Preview: Hosts look to bounce back from consecutive defeats

Everton - Norwich City Preview: Hosts look to bounce back from consecutive defeats

Mahmoud maher

The Blues face a tough prospect in Paul Lambert's confident Canaries, as they come into the match on the back of victory over a high-flying Newcastle United side


PROBABLE LINEUPS

EVERTON

Howard
Hibbert, Heitinga, Jagielka, Baines
Coleman, Cahill, Neville, Fellaini, Osman
Saha

NORWICH

Ruddy
Naughton, Martin, Barnett, Tierney
Bennett, Crofts, Hoolahan, Johnson, Pilkington
Morison

 David Moyes' side were solid in defeat to Arsenal but will hope to improve on their recent attacking output having failed to net in their last two encounters.

They are unlikely to have Royston Drenthe back in time for this clash and should continue with a similar side to that which faced the Gunners. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov may drop to the bench in place of the energetic Leon Osman, if the latter recovers from a hamstring problem.

Norwich took the unusual step of fielding two forwards against a makeshift Newcastle backline but should revert to their traditional formation away from home.

That means Grant Holt could drop out leaving Steve Morison as the lone striking outlet.

Elsewhere, Zak Whitbread is likely to drop out of the heart of defence to allow Leon Barnett back into the lineup.



DID YOU KNOW?
  • These two sides last faced each other at Goodison Park in February 2005, with Everton running out 1-0 winners.
  • Everton have won 16 previous league clashes with the Canaries, with 13 ending in draws and another 13 in a Norwich victory.
  • This game marks Paul Lambert's 300th career game in management.
  • The former Colchester boss will be hoping to welcome that landmark by avoiding his 100th defeat as a manager.
  • Both managers once played for Glasgow giants Celtic.
  • They also both hail from the city.

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Available Squads
24Tim HowardGoalkeeper
2Tony HibbertDefender
3Leighton BainesDefender
5John HeitingaDefender
6Phil JagielkaDefender
17Tim CahillMidfielder
18Phil NevilleDefender
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
25Marouane FellainiMidfielder
8Louis SahaStriker
19Magaye GueyeStriker
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
15Sylvain DistinDefender
7Diniyar BilyaletdinovMidfielder
10Royston DrentheMidfielder
17Jack RodwellMidfielder
11Denis StracqualursiStriker
35Conor McAlenyStriker
1John RuddyGoalkeeper
2Russell MartinDefender
6Zak WhitbreadDefender
23Marc TierneyDefender
16Kyle NaughtonDefender
-Andrew CroftsMidfielder
11Andrew SurmanMidfielder
14Wesley HoolahanMidfielder
25David FoxMidfielder
20Steve MorisonStriker
29Grant HoltStriker
13Declan RuddGoalkeeper
20Leon BarnettDefender
4Bradley JohnsonMidfielder
12Anthony PilkingtonMidfielder
17Elliott BennettMidfielder
10K. JacksonMidfielder
18Aaron WilbrahamStriker
Players to Watch
Seamus Coleman
Seamus Coleman
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

The young Irishman has received criticism recently, being accused of suffering from 'second season syndrome' on the back of a dip in his performance level.

However, he has shown all the raw talent necessary to succeed at Everton and will hope to silence the doubters with an impressive showing here.

Wesley Hoolahan
Wesley Hoolahan
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

The attacking midfielder is a key man for the Canaries and will be high on confidence after getting on the scoresheet against Newcastle.

That strike was his first since the opening day of the season and his manager will hope he can weigh in with goals more often, starting now.

Prediction

Everton have endured two poor results ahead of this match but prior to that had been showing signs of turning a corner.

They were perhaps unfortunate to lose to Arsenal thanks to a world-class strike from in-form Dutchman Robin van Persie, but have the perfect opportunity to bounce back here.

Norwich have won just once on the road so far this season and will face a Blues side determined to finally get a good run of results underway.

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