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  • 6 April 2013
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  • • Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk
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Norwich City - Swansea City Preview: Canaries desperate to break recent poor form

Chris Hughton's side are still struggling to cement their Premier League status and will hope to take a giant stride towards staying up against the Capital One Cup winners

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

NORWICH CITY

Bunn

Martin, Turner, Bassong, Garrido
Bennett, Tettey, Johnson, Snodgrass
Hoolahan
Holt

SWANSEA CITY


Vorm

Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies
De Guzman, Britton
Dyer, Hernandez, Routledge
Michu


Chris Hughton's side have won only once in 14 league matches in 2013 and scored just five goals in that time but will have goalkeeper Mark Bunn available again after he completed a one-match ban for the red card he received at Sunderland.

Grant Holt was left on the bench for the defeat at Wigan last time out but is expected to replace Kei Kamara in the lone striker role while Alexander Tettey is back in contention to start after appearing as a late substitute.

Anthony Pilkington (hamstring) is highly unlikely to feature, while John Ruddy is still returning to full match fitness following his thigh problem.

Swansea City suffered their third successive defeat when they lost to Tottenham on Saturday and will be hoping to end their dip in form at Carrow Road.

Michael Laudrup has been boosted by the news that defensive duo Angel Rangel and Chico Flores would be fit for the game. Rangel missed the defeat to Spurs with a calf strain, while Flores was replaced midway through the second half following his return from an ankle ligament injury.

Neil Taylor (ankle) made a return to reserve action this week, but is unlikely to play a part in first-team action until he builds his fitness more.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Norwich City have won all three of their Premier League clashes with Swansea.
  • Grant Holt has scored three goals in his last two league appearances against the Swans.
  • There have been fewer goals scored at Carrow Road (31) than any other Premier League ground this season.
  • Swansea City are yet to win in the league this season when they have fallen behind (D6 L11).
  • However, the Welsh outfit have only dropped five points from leading positions, winning 10 of the 12 games they have lead in.
  • Michu (pictured, right) has not scored an away goal in the Premier League in 2013. His last six goals in the competition have been netted at the Liberty Stadium; a run that started with his brace versus Norwich in December.

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Last Five Matches
Odds
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Available Squads
13Mark BunnGoalkeeper
2Russell MartinDefender
5S. BassongDefender
6Michael TurnerDefender
18Javier GarridoDefender
4Bradley JohnsonMidfielder
23Robert SnodgrassMidfielder
8Jonny HowsonMidfielder
14Wesley HoolahanMidfielder
17Elliott BennettMidfielder
-Kei KamaraStriker
1Lee CampGoalkeeper
3Steven WhittakerDefender
24Ryan Bennett Defender
25David FoxMidfielder
27Alexander TetteyMidfielder
9Grant HoltStriker
19Luciano BecchioStriker
1Michel VormGoalkeeper
4ChicoDefender
6Ashley WilliamsDefender
21Dwight TiendalliDefender
33Ben DaviesDefender
5MichuMidfielder
12Nathan DyerMidfielder
15Wayne RoutledgeMidfielder
33Jonathan De GuzmánMidfielder
24Sung-Yong KiMidfielder
8Luke MooreStriker
25Gerhard TremmelGoalkeeper
22Ángel RangelDefender
-Pablo HernándezMidfielder
26Kemy AgustienMidfielder
25Roland LamahMidfielder
9Itay ShechterStriker
Players to Watch
Grant Holt
Grant Holt
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Having started the last two games on the bench, Holt will be eager to make his mark should he be given the opportunity from the start. With five Premier League goals to his name this term, he is Norwich's top scorer and gives them an extra dimension in the final third.
Leon Britton
Leon Britton
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The midfield area is likely to be heavily congested as both sides will look to stamp their authority on the game. Therefore, the 30-year-old's ability to keep possession and create space will be key in a match which is expected to be tight.
Prediction
With one goal in their last four matches, Chris Hughton's Canaries are slipping dangerously towards the drop-zone and are in desperate need of a result to ease their relegation fears. They may be on a poor run of form but they are unbeaten in their last five home games and have an excellent record over Saturday's opponents. Michael Laudrup has called on his side to finish the season strongly after losing their last three but having already reached the 40-point mark, the Swans are playing for merely pride.
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