Premier League Preview: Norwich City – Fulham

Chris Hughton’s side has failed to collect a win in eight league games but faces a good opportunity against Martin Jol’s inconsistent squad, with whom they are now level on points

Norwich City
Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido
Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington

Riether, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise
Duff, Karagounis, Sidwell, Emanuelson

Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy (thigh) is out having undergone surgery, so Mark Bunn continues in goal behind a potentially unchanged back four, but defender Ryan Bennett (hamstring) is doubtful.

Alex Tettey (knee) and Anthony Pilkington (hamstring) are doubtful, so Jonny Howson and Elliott Bennett could deputize in central midfield and on the wing, respectively.

Grant Holt is likely to start up front, but new strikers Luciano Becchio and on-loan Sporting Kansas City star Kei Kamara may also feature at some point. Kamara obtained his work visa this past week and is eligible for selection.

Fulham’s injury problems are beginning to subside, with center back Brede Hangeland (Achilles) recovering to play for Norway over the international break and now set to partner Philippe Senderos, who has been preferred to Aaron Hughes of late.

Mahamadou Diarra (knee) and Kerim Frei (groin) are still unavailable, while new arrivals Stanislav Manolev’s and Eyong Enoh’s availabilities are subject to their receipt of work permits. Loanee Urby Emmanuelson could start on the left of the midfield, and Steve Sidwell may return following injury in place of Chris Baird.

Hugo Rodallega could start in attack alongside Bryan Ruiz, but Martin Jol is hopeful Dimitar Berbatov (hamstring) could return to the squad on Saturday.

  • Norwich has failed to win in its last eight Premier League matches after previously going undefeated in 10 and has now dropped to 14th place with every team below the Canaries collecting points last week.

  • Chris Hughton’s side has won five of its 12 league games at Carrow Road so far this season, losing just three, but only the current bottom two, Aston Villa and QPR, have scored fewer home goals (14).

  • The Canaries have scored just one goal in their last five matches, in a winless run of five matches that saw their elimination from the FA Cup by non-league Luton Town.

  • Fulham is above its opponents on goal difference, having followed a strong start to the season with a run of 12 games with just one victory.

  • The Cottagers have lost three of their last four away from Craven Cottage, incurring six defeats and collecting just two wins on the road so far this season.

  • The West London club has won six of its last seven matches in all competitions against the Norwich, consigning the Canaries to relegation from the Premier League in 2005 with a 6-0 demolition, and recording an opening day 5-0 win this season.

  • Canaries’ striker Grant Holt netted 15 league goals last year but this term has struck for just four, equal to teammate Anthony Pilkington, whose four all have come at Carrow Road, and Robert Snodgrass, whose four have been netted away from home.

  • Cottagers defenders Brede Hangeland (pictured right) and John Arne Riise could line up against their Norway teammate Alexander Tettey, who is hoping to return after missing their national team’s 2-0 defeat to Ukraine in midweek.