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  • December 31, 2011
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 26406
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Premier League Preview: Norwich City - Fulham

The Canaries, free scoring at home, aim 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.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

NORWICH CITY

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


FULHAM

Stockdale
Kelly, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise
Ruiz, Murphy, Sidwell
Dembele, Johnson, Dempsey
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.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Norwich has 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 was 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 (16) has.
  • Fulham has only managed three away wins in 2011.
  • Martin Jol’s team has scored just five times away from home this season, less than any other side in the Premier League.
  • However, the Craven Cottage club has 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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Available Squads
1John RuddyGoalkeeper
40Daniel AyalaDefender
6Zak WhitbreadDefender
16Kyle NaughtonDefender
2Russell MartinDefender
25David FoxMidfielder
4Bradley JohnsonMidfielder
12Anthony PilkingtonMidfielder
11Andrew SurmanMidfielder
14Wesley HoolahanMidfielder
20Steve MorisonStriker
13Declan RuddGoalkeeper
20Leon BarnettDefender
-Andrew CroftsMidfielder
17Elliott BennettMidfielder
18Aaron WilbrahamStriker
29Grant HoltStriker
10K. JacksonMidfielder
-David StockdaleGoalkeeper
-Brede HangelandDefender
14Philippe SenderosDefender
3John Arne RiiseDefender
2Stephen KellyDefender
13Danny MurphyMidfielder
21Kerim FreiMidfielder
2Clint DempseyStriker
30Mousa DembeleStriker
11Bryan RuizStriker
9Orlando SáStriker
38Neil EtheridgeGoalkeeper
6Chris BairdDefender
18Aaron HughesDefender
20Dickson EtuhuMidfielder
16Damien DuffMidfielder
4Steve SidwellMidfielder
10Pajtim KasamiMidfielder
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Wesley Hoolahan
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Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 14
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Clint Dempsey
Clint Dempsey
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 2
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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