Premier League Preview: Norwich City - Swansea City

Paul Lambert's men welcome fellow Premier League new boys to Carrow Road, but the Swans have a good record against the hosts, winning three of their last four meetings.



Naughton, De Laet, Barnett, Tierney
Bennett, Johnson, Hoolahan, Pilkington
Holt, Morison
Rangel, Monk, Williams, Taylor
Dyer, Allen, Gower, Sinclair
Graham, Lita
Ahead of the visit of fellow Premier League new-boys Swansea, Paul Lambert has a few injuries to contend with. A slight consolation is that none of them are new.

Daniel Ayala, Elliott Ward and James Vaughan will all miss out with knee injuries, while Zak Whitbread remains sidelined with a hamstring problem. Ritchie De Laet could feature once again after he was ineligible for the match at Old Trafford.

Brendan Rodgers has a few problems of his own, but will be glad Ashley Williams, Joe Allen, Neil Taylor and Michel Vorm all came through their respective international matches unharmed.

The Welsh side will be without the services of Alan Tate (broken leg), Germain Agustien (hamstring), Ferrie Bodde (knee ligament) and Craig Beattie (ankle), but will be able to recall Leon Britton after he sat out the victory over Stoke City with a back problem.


  • Norwich has so far scored the most goals out of the three promoted sides with seven, while Swansea and QPR are on six and five respectively.
  • Swansea made history at the beginning of this season, becoming the first non-English side to play in the Premier League.
  • The Canaries have lost just one league match at home in 2011.
  • The visitors have won three of the last four meetings with Norwich.
  • Swansea last won at Carrow Road back in 2008, recording a 3-2 win.
  • The last time the two teams met in England’s top-flight was back in 1983 with Norwich picking up a 1-0 home win.
  • The Swans have lost away from home in the league nine times since the turn of the year.
  • So far this term, Norwich is averaging 1.43 goals a match at home, while Swansea has averaged 0.33 goals a match on its travels.
  • Lambert’s men have kept just three clean sheets in their last 24 league matches.
  • Swansea scored an own-goal in each of its last two trips to Carrow Road.