Norwich vs Manchester United predictions, betting tips and live stream info
Norwich City welcome an in-form Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter finals to Carrow Road on Saturday, with the Canaries facing another challenging contest on home turf. As Katniss Everdeen puts it best, the odds are not in their favor.
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Daniel Farke’s men have struggled to stay afloat across competitions this season, and their FA Cup venture appears to be no different. In what Farke himself deemed as a ‘miracle job’, the odds about a potential Cup upset over the Red Devils who recently put three past Sheffield United – a team in the mix for the Champions League positions – are few and far between.
The Premier League’s basement team has only picked up a solitary win in their last five domestic fixtures, with the slight respite of victory against Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City in late February. Yet even with the extra points, there has barely been any breathing space for the Canaries who are now disappearing deeper and deeper into relegation, seven points adrift from their nearest contender.
This Saturday’s FA Cup quarter final clash against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will provide the Canaries with an opportunity to sway the fans’ collective minds away from their dismal league form. Yet in facing a Marcus Rashford-led side teeming with talent, skill, and prowess, our tipsters are predicting more doom and gloom.
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Norwich City vs Man United Predictions
Squawka Stat: Norwich City have one win in their last six games across all competitions
While all focus may be on this Saturday’s intriguing FA Cup quarter final clash, Norwich’s domestic form may be a more telling indicator as to how this particular contest at Carrow Road will unfold.
Against Everton on Wednesday evening, although the game began with the Canaries on the front foot with Onel Hernandez’s strike hitting the post, all it took was a 55th-minute Michael Keane header to condemn Farke’s men to another Premier League defeat. For all their charges at Jordan Pickford’s goal, Norwich’s lack of clinical edge ultimately deprived them of responding with a goal of their own.
The job at the other end of the pitch concerning Timm Klose and Co containing Rashford and Anthony Martial provides Farke with a more pressing problem, one that, if not addressed, could be the reason behind Norwich’s exit from the FA Cup.
Especially if the duo are anywhere close to the kind of form they showcased against Sheffield United. Indeed, while Martial racked up the plaudit with a scintillating hat-trick that carved open the Blades defence with relative ease, it was the ever-impressive Rashford who showed that he is able to put more than just food on a plate.
And that’s without mentioning the partnership growing between Paul Pogba and summer signing Bruno Fernandes – one that’s not only bolstered United’s midfield attack but also aided their front three. With the duo running United’s engine, where Pogba passes, Fernandes runs, providing a channel through to goal.
The chemistry brewing between this menacing quartet can only add to Norwich City’s worries ahead of the FA Cup quarter final clash – we expect their defence to face the full force of the Red Devils attacking contingent, and crumble under its potency.
Squawka Stat: Anthony Martial has scored 19 goals in all competitions this season – his most prolific season for the Red Devils.
It’s been a torrid few seasons for the Frenchman whose recurring ankle injury has made him a regular on the sidelines. Indeed, a consistent starting XI position has been few and far between – come to think of it, we’ve only ever seen inklings of the 24-year-old at peak efficiency, whether it was a debut to remember against rivals Liverpool or an unforgettable Champions League night scoring against European giants Paris Saint-Germain.
This season, however, has made for an altogether different viewing for fans and neutrals alike. The forward has been in the best form of his life, profiting off the inclusion of Fernandes – netting six times while the Portuguese has played alongside him – and the potent performances of Pogba and Rashford.
Although he still has a way to go to match Romelu Lukaku’s 27-goal season from a few campaigns ago, all the signs are promising. Martial’s forward ventures are powerful ones and the resulting strikes clinical.
Should he and his fellow attacking players be on the same kind of form they showcased against the Blades, Norwich City will be facing FA Cup exit. Our prognosis? Another goal or two for the Frenchman to help towards his tally for the season.