Norwich City vs Southampton betting tips, predictions and match preview
Norwich City are looking to begin a great escape attempt as they welcome Southampton to Carrow Road on Friday evening.
Having eventually eased their way to promotion from the Championship last season, it’s fair to say that Norwich City have struggled with the step up to the Premier League this season as we return to action for the final nine games with the Canaries bottom of the table and six points away from the safe haven of 17th place.
The Norfolk outfit seem content to follow the Burnley model of retaining their manager and looking to build another promotion attempt next season should they be relegated, but Daniel Farke certainly won’t have given up hope just yet – particularly not after a win over Champions League chasing Leicester City in their last home fixture in the Premier League.
Southampton are the team making the trip to Carrow Road for their first game back in action and the Saints aren’t quite clear of the relegation battle themselves as yet. If Norwich are capable of chasing down the six points between themselves and 17th place, then Hampshire side won’t be completely comfortable with the seven point gap separating them from the bottom three.
Having been in the relegation zone and looking desperate following a record-equalling 0-9 defeat to Leicester earlier in the campaign, Ralph Hassenhüttl’s men have actually recovered well in this campaign, but did lose four of their last five games before the season was sent into lockdown.
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Norwich City vs Southampton Predictions
Squawka Stat: Norwich City have scored the first goal in seven of their last eight matches at Carrow Road.
Norwich City may be bottom of the table and indeed in the eyes of many pundits stand little to no chance of escaping relegation back to the Championship this season – but they do have a knack of opening the scoring, particularly in matches at their own Carrow Road.
In fact, in their last eight matches at their own stadium, the Canaries have opened the scoring on seven occasions, with only champions elect Liverpool preventing Daniel Farke’s men from doing so. Unfortunately for the German boss and his team, they’ve only managed to close out the victory on two occasions in those eight games.
Southampton are the visitors to Norfolk on Friday night and it’s worth noting that the Saints were struggling for consistency before the season went into lockdown. Ralph Hassenhüttl’s men had lost four of their last five Premier League games – conceding first in all four of those defeats. We don’t trust Norwich to hold on for a victory, but don’t be surprised to see them score first in this game.
Squawka Stat: Danny Ings has 15 Premier League goals this season – the fifth highest total in the division.
Danny Ings’ goals have been of vital importance to Southampton this season. Although very few will expect the Saints to drop into the bottom three from their current position, the threat of relegation has lingered over their campaign but at least in Ings they’ve always had a striker to rely on in front of goal.
Interestingly, the former Liverpool man’s xG for the season is 11.39 goals – the 13th highest in the division – but he has actually managed a total of 15 in the Premier League, showing his prolific touch and even scoring twice from outside the box which is not a trait he has been particularly noted for during his career.
With his last goal coming against his former club Burnley back in February, you can expect the 27 year old to be raring to go at Carrow Road as he looks to add to what is already a career high 15 goals in a Premier League campaign.
Squawka Expert Ben Green says:
Ings has realised the potential that prompted Liverpool to lure him to Anfield in 2015. With the England international putting his past injury problems to one side, he has showcased an attacking prowess up there with the very best of the division. His 15-goal tally means he is still in the Golden Boot conversation, with Jamie Vardy leading the way on 19, and he will want to keep Gareth Southgate alert for future call-ups to the England squad. Now is not the time to hit ‘beach mode’.