Norwich v Fulham, preview, team news & odds

Updated: December 31, 2011

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Norwich City will be looking to banish the memories from their last performance against Fulham in 2005 when the sides meet on Saturday.

On that occasion the Canaries travelled to London needing a win to secure Premier League survival.
Instead they were beaten 6-0 and relegated setting off a series of results that would eventually lead to a stint in League One.

Now back in the top flight after back to back promotions, Paul Lambert’s side will know that it is vital for them to take some points from games like this against a team lower in the table than them.
Against a Fulham side struggling with injury concerns Norwich have a great opportunity to establish some momentum going into the New Year, while also putting more distance between themselves and the bottom sides.

The likes of Wes Houlahan, Grant Holt and Steve Morison have shown themselves to be able to create opportunities against Premier League opponents this year with Norwich having scored more goals than anyone outside of the top five.
In particular, Houlahan has been impressive and one figures were he more suited to the system employed by Giovanni Trapatonni he’d be getting strong consideration for the European Championships this summer.

For Norwich the problem has been leaking goals but they could be helped out by Fulham’s lack of options going forward. The London side will be heavily reliant on Striker Clint Dempsey who has notched a goal in each of their four league victories this season.

Both sides are in similar form having won, lost and drawn two of their last six games.

Team News
Norwich wing back Marc Tierney, has a chance to return to the line up after missing the game against Tottenham with a groin strain. He has not yet been ruled out with a decision to be made before kickoff.
Fellow defender Kyle Naughton will be back having been ineligible for the Canaries encounter with his parent club Spurs but Ritchie DaLaet has a back problem and could miss out.
Fulham look set to be without the experience and attacking prowess of Bobby Zamora, Andrew Johnson and Damien Duff through injury.
Manager Martin Jol does not believe there is enough time to get any of them in shape to play.
Simon Davies remains out with injury as do defender Zdenek Grygera and goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.


With Fulham likely to be missing most of their more reliable attacking line ups Norwich will have a good opportunity to win this one. They are slightly favoured on Betfair at 2.64 reflecting the closeness of this game. If either side is more likely to snatch it Norwich’s superior threat in front of goal gives them the edge.

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