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  • 3 November 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk
  • Referee: A. Marriner
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Norwich - Stoke Preview: Hughton looks for second league win against Potters

The Canaries have won their last two home games in all competitions and seek a third successive victory against Tony Pulis' side, who have not won away in 14 league matches

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

NORWICH

Ruddy
Whittaker, Bassong, Turner, Garrido

E Bennett, Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington
Hoolahan
Holt
STOKE
 
Begovic
Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Wilkinson

Walters, Whelan, N'Zonzi, Adam, Kightly
Crouch

Russell Martin (back) is doubtful, and could be replaced for Norwich at right-back by either Ryan Bennett, a natural centre-back, or Steven Whittaker, who made his competitive debut on Wednesday following his summer arrival from Rangers.

Elliott Bennett, Anthony Pilkington, and Alexander Tettey have been preferred in midfield in recent matches, but winger Robert Snodgrass could feature at some point.

Playmaker Wes Hoolahan has started behind lone striker Grant Holt of late, but Steve Morison and Simeon Jackson are options in a front two and could feature at some point, although Harry Kane (ankle) will be out for a while.

Stoke are without regular left-back Marc Wilson (broken leg), and natural right-back Andy Wilkinson is set to replace him, though centre-back Matthew Upson is another option.

Glenn Whelan (hamstring) could return to midfield in place of Dean Whitehead alongside Steven N’Zonzi and Charlie Adam, while left winger Matthew Etherington will challenge for a place and could feature at some point.

  DID YOU KNOW?

  • Norwich have lost just one of their last eight competitive matches at home, winning their last two against Arsenal and Tottenham.

  • The Canaries have kept three clean sheets in their last five Premier League matches at Carrow Road.

  • Stoke City have won none of their last 14 Premier League away matches, losing six and scoring just eight in that run.

  • Peter Crouch (pictured) has scored four goals in nine league games so far this season, but only one of his last eight Premier League goals has come away from home.

  • The Potters have, however, won three and lost none of the last four league meetings with Norwich, although they needed a last minute equaliser through Kenwyne Jones to avoid defeat in a 1-1 draw in this fixture last season despite their opponents going down to 10 men.

  • Stoke have kept three clean sheets in their last four league games and been involved in three of the six goalless draws in the Premier League this season, more than any other side, and have also drawn six league matches in total, the most in the league.

  • Grant Holt has scored three goals in his last four Premier League appearances.

  • Stoke have won 60% of their aerial duels this season, the joint-most in the league together with Fulham.

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Available Squads
1John RuddyGoalkeeper
3Steven WhittakerDefender
5S. BassongDefender
6Michael TurnerDefender
18Javier GarridoDefender
4Bradley JohnsonMidfielder
23Robert SnodgrassMidfielder
12Anthony PilkingtonMidfielder
14Wesley HoolahanMidfielder
27Alexander TetteyMidfielder
9Grant HoltStriker
13Mark BunnGoalkeeper
20Leon BarnettDefender
24Ryan Bennett Defender
8Jonny HowsonMidfielder
17Elliott BennettMidfielder
10K. JacksonMidfielder
20Steve MorisonStriker
1Asmir BegovicGoalkeeper
20Geoff CameronDefender
4Robert HuthDefender
17Ryan ShawcrossDefender
28Andy WilkinsonDefender
15Steven N'ZonziMidfielder
16Charlie AdamMidfielder
18Dean WhiteheadMidfielder
21Michael KightlyMidfielder
19Jonathan WaltersStriker
25Peter CrouchStriker
29Thomas SørensenGoalkeeper
20Matthew UpsonDefender
6Glenn WhelanMidfielder
8W. PalaciosMidfielder
26Matthew EtheringtonMidfielder
9Kenwyne JonesStriker
10Cameron JeromeStriker
Players to Watch
Grant Holt
Grant Holt
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The powerful striker finished as the second-highest English goalscorer in the Premier League last season, and despite a slow start to the season has now scored three in his last four Premier League appearances. While his defensive opponents may match him in physicality on Saturday, his finishing instincts could be crucial in converting the few chances that come his way against the Canaries' unyielding opponents.
Peter Crouch
Peter Crouch
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
4 0 1 0
The giant striker has scored four of his side's seven league goals this season, including both strikes in the Potters' only win of the season against Swansea. So far, he has yet to score away from the Britannia Stadium, however, and he will hope to draw on his international experience with England as his side seek to end a winless run away from home.
Prediction
Chris Hughton's side collected wins over Tottenham and Arsenal in their last two matches at Carrow Road, and impressed last Saturday against Aston Villa. That run, however, followed a poor start to the season in which the Canaries were lacking as an attacking force, and they could struggle to break the deadlock against Tony Pulis' defensively resolute Potters.
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