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Premier League

  • 7 April 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk
  • Referee: A. Marriner
  • • Attendance: 26554

Norwich City - Everton Preview: Canaries aiming to fly back into the Premier League top half with a victory over the in-form Toffees

Paul Lambert's men face a side who have only lost twice in their last 15 games in all competitions, but also have the third worst scoring return in the Premier League



Martin, Whitbread, Ward, Naughton
Bennett, Howson, Fox, Surman
Holt, Morison


Hibbert, Heitinga, Jagielka, Baines
Gueye, Gibson, Fellaini, Pienaar

Top goalscorer Grant Holt is set to return to the Norwich attack after completing his one-match suspension following his dismissal during the 2-0 victory over Wolves two weeks ago.

Simeon Jackson could also return to partner him in attack, whilst Aaron Wilbraham is also vying for a starting berth after netting his first-ever top-flight goal in their 2-1 defeat at Fulham last weekend.

Anthony Pilkington could also make a return from a hamstring problem, but James Vaughan (knee), Daniel Ayala (hamstring), Marc Tierney (groin) and Declan Rudd (ankle) are all a couple of weeks away.

In comparison, Everton boss David Moyes has very few injury concerns.

After recently being without midfield trio Seamus Coleman (thigh), Jack Rodwell (hamstring) and Royston Drenthe, but all three are close to a return and could be in contention for a place on the bench.

Leon Osman picked up a knock during last weekend’s 2-0 victory over West Brom but is expected to be fit to feature on Saturday.

  • The last time Norwich beat the Toffees in a league encounter was in March 1994 where they ran out 3-0 victors at Carrow Road.
  • Paul Lambert's side have scored more headed goals (15) than anyone else in the Premier League so far this season.
  • Only Arsenal (19) and Wolves (14) have recovered more points from losing positions than Norwich (13).
  • After scoring against Fulham last time out, Aaron Wilbraham has now netted in all four English divisions.
  • Everton have only lost to Arsenal and Liverpool in their last 11 Premier League fixtures.
  • Despite coming up against the likes of Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal, David Moyes' men have only conceded one goal in their last five home games.
  • Leighton Baines and Victor Anichebe are tied as Everton's top scorer with only five goals.
  • Everton have the third-best defensive record in the league this season, having conceded just 32 goals. Only Manchester United and Manchester City have let in fewer goals.
  • However, they have also scored just 32 goals, with only Wigan and Stoke having scored fewer.
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Players to watch

G. Holt

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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With his one-match suspension over, Holt could be a pivotal figure in the game. The second-highest English goalscorer in the division is always a threat to contend with and could unsettle an Everton defence that has been a tough job to break down in recent weeks.

N. Jelavić

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Croatian has lived up to his billing following his £7 million move from Rangers in January with a number of all-action performances.


He could give Norwich's backline a tough time and will be hoping to add to his goals tally that has seen him come close to overtaking current top goalscorers Baines and Anichebe on five each.

Editor's Prediction

Norwich have impressed since their return to the Premier League and are more than a match for anyone at home on their day. Everton are riding high after leapfrogging bitter rivals Liverpool last weekend and will be desperate to keep it that way for the rest of the season.

However, I believe both teams will cancel each other out in an entertaining spectacle.

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