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Premier League

  • 31 December 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 26406

Norwich City - Fulham Preview: Martin Jol's team looking for only their fourth Premier League away win in 2011

Norwich City - Fulham Preview: Martin Jol's team looking for only their fourth Premier League away win in 2011

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Canaries, free-scoring at home, aiming to get revenge after the Cottagers relegated them back in 2005 with a resounding 6-0 win in London on the last day of the season



Naughton, Martin, Whitbread, Drury
Crofts, Hoolahan, Johnson, Pilkington
Holt, Morison


Kelly, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise
Frei, Murphy, Sidwell
Ruiz, Johnson, Dembele
On Saturday, Paul Lambert’s Norwich City welcome Fulham to Carrow Road and will be hoping to get back to winning ways at home following the 2-0 defeat to Tottenham on Tuesday.

In the Spurs defeat, Norwich had several defensive selection problems and they don’t appear to have improved a great deal as Marc Tierney (groin) looks likely to sit out once again, while Ritchie De Laet, on-loan from Manchester United, is a major doubt after being forced off in the second half against Harry Redknapp’s team.

One boost for Lambert and Norwich is the likely return of Kyle Naughton as the right-back was ineligible for the visit of Spurs, but James Vaughan still appears to be a few days away from fitness.

Martin Jol has his own injury problems to contend with as Mark Schwarzer will continue his spell out with a spine injury meaning David Stockdale will remain in goal, but the Englishman has been in good form since coming into the team.

Andy Johnson (groin) looks as though he may be able to feature at Carrow Road, but Bobby Zamora (Achilles) is a doubt, while Damien Duff (calf) is very doubtful, as is Simon Davies (back) and Zdenek Grygera won’t be back until May..


  • Norwich have not kept a clean sheet yet this season with Blackburn Rovers being the only team to match this record.
  • Five of the Canaries’ last eight goals have been headers.
  • The last time these two sides met, the Cottagers hammered City 6-0 as Norwich were relegated back to the Championship in 2005.
  • Only Manchester United (28), City (28), Chelsea (22) and Tottenham (17) have scored more home goals than Norwich have 16.
  • Fulham have only managed three away wins in 2011.
  • Martin Jol’s team have scored just five times away from home this season, less than any other side in the Premier League.
  • However, the Craven Cottage club have the fifth best defensive record away from home, conceding 10.
  • Clint Dempsey (pictured right) has been Fulham’s most productive player so far this season with six goals and four assists in 18 appearances.
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Players to watch

W. Hoolahan

Position: Midfielder

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The small Irishman was quiet for much of the 2-0 defeat to Spurs on Tuesday, however, virtually everything Norwich created went through him .

At times, his passing was too clever for Steve Morison and Grant Holt up front, but the former Blackpool man is undoubtedly the Canaries’ key man in terms of creating openings in front of goal.

C. Dempsey

Position: Attacker

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The American has really caught the eye this season and will be expected to offer much of the craft up front.

The 28-year-old has six goals and four assists so far, making him Fulham's best attacker statistically, and he will likely be given a fairly free role at Carrow Road on Saturday in order to maximise his attacking potential and creative ability.

Editor's Prediction

Lambert’s team have picked up four of their five wins at Carrow Road this season, scoring 16 goals in the process, so Norwich will be confident in front of their vibrant support, despite the recent loss to Spurs.

Fulham’s away form this year has been nothing short of awful, so an away win certainly looks like one of the least likely outcomes as Holt and Co. will be determined to get their home form back on track.

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