Time is running out for Norwich in their fight to stay in the Premier League and with every passing gameweek they look closer to the Championship. After picking up seven points from three matches against Everton, Watford and Crystal Palace, the Canaries looked to be on the up and were the team closest to safety.
However, consecutive defeats to Manchester City and Liverpool (the fixture list wasn’t kind) has Dean Smith’s side back at the bottom of the table. And things aren’t looking good. The Canaries are currently five points from safety with 13 matches remaining but have played a game more than 17th-placed Newcastle. They have also played a game more than 18th-placed Watford while Burnley in 19th have three games in hand.
Southampton, meanwhile, are looking over their shoulders at the relegation battle with comfort – all-but secure for another Premier League season. Why they were never truly close to the drop points-wise, Southampton were at risk of being dragged into the relegation battle but now sit 14 points clear of 18th-placed Watford.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men go into this game unbeaten in four matches, with draws against Manchester City and Manchester United accompanied by wins over Tottenham and Everton. Unfortunately it appears to have come too late for a European push, however, with Southampton currently 10 points behind sixth-placed Arsenal (which we can assume will get the Europa Conference League play-off round spot as things stand, with EFL Cup finalists Liverpool and Chelsea both in the top four).
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Southampton vs Norwich: Match Stats
Southampton ended a long wait for a clean sheet at the weekend in their 2-0 win over Everton and they may fancy their chances of keeping a second on Friday. Norwich have had fewer shots on target than any other Premier League side this season (70) with their average as low as 2.8.
But you can expect there to be goals. Nine of Southampton’s past 14 Premier League matches have seen over 2.5 goals scored, while six of Norwich’s past seven have had the same.
20 November 2021 – Norwich 2-1 Southampton – Premier League
19 June 2020 – Norwich 0-3 Southampton – Premier League
4 December 2019 – Southampton 2-1 Norwich – Premier League
18 January 2018 – Southampton 1-0 Norwich – FA Cup
7 January 2018 – Norwich 2-2 Southampton – FA Cup
Norwich’s victory over Southampton earlier this season ended a four-game winless run for the Canaries in this fixture, and they’ll be looking to do the league double over Saints for the first time in the top flight since 1986/87.