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Norwich City vs Crystal Palace preview, predictions & possible XIs

By Harry Edwards

Published: 17:07, 29 December 2019

Norwich City start 2020 with a tough home game against Crystal Palace, looking to keep their slender survival hopes alive.

The Canaries are currently bottom of the Premier League after 20 games, six points off safety, and are winless in their past seven – losing four and drawing three.

Their opponents, Crystal Palace, are sitting pretty in ninth and have gathered four points from their past two games, a good return for the busy Christmas period.

Norwich will take confidence from their 2-2 draw with Tottenham at the weekend but whether they can turn that into a win against Palace remains to be seen.

Read on for our Norwich vs Crystal Palace preview, team news, TV coverage information and more.

When is Norwich vs Crystal Palace and where can I watch live?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Carrow Road

Date:  Wednesday, 01 January 2020

Kick-off: 5:30 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): BT Sport ESPN

Last five meetings: Norwich vs Crystal Palace

28 September 2019: Crystal Palace 2-0 Norwich (Premier League)

09 April 2016: Crystal Palace 1-0 Norwich (Premier League)

08 August 2015: Norwich 1-3 Crystal Palace (Premier League)

01 January 2014: Crystal Palace 1-1 Norwich (Premier League)

30 November 2013: Norwich 1-0 Crystal Palace (Premier League)

Aggregate Score: Norwich (LLLDW) 3-7 Crystal Palace (WWWDL)

Ones to watch

Norwich: Emiliano Buendia

Teemu Pukki deservedly gets a lot of the headlines for his goals but Emiliano Buendia has been excellent for Norwich this season.

The Argentinian is the creative hub of the team and the Canaries look lost when he isn’t on the pitch at times, or when he is having a bad game.

Against Tottenham recently, Buendia completed more passes, made more recoveries, attempted more tackles, made more interceptions and created more chances than any other Norwich player. And he will need to continue that form if Norwich are to have any chance of staying up.

Key stat: Only Kevin De Bruyne (70) has created more chances than Emiliano Buendia (57) in the Premier League this season.

Crystal Palace: Jordan Ayew

There’s no denying Crystal Palace have been poor in front of goal this season, with only Watford (15) scoring fewer than their 18. Jordan Ayew has scored five of those, more than any other Palace player.

The Ghanaian has been quietly going about his business but received well-deserved praise for a simply wonderful goal in Palace’s 2-1 win over West Ham on Boxing Day – in addition to setting up Cheikhou Kouyaté’s equaliser.

Ayew was unable to make an impact against Southampton at the weekend but he is Palace’s best chance of breaching the Norwich defence with Wilfried Zaha pulling strings from out wide.

Key stat: Jordan Ayew (6) has been directly involved in more Premier League goals for Crystal Palace than any other player this season.

Team news


Norwich remain without Timm Klose, Ben Godfrey, Josip Drmic and Ralf Fahrmann but could make changes from the team which drew with Tottenham.

Todd Cantwell may return to the starting XI after making a substitute appearance last time out, with Marco Stiepermann dropping down to the bench. There could also be returns for Tom Trybull and Kenny McLean.

Predicted XI: Krul; Aarons, Zimmermann, Hanley, Lewis; Tettey, Trybull; Buendia, McLean, Cantwell; Pukki.

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Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace still have several key injury problems with Patrick van Aanholt, Christian Benteke, Scott Dann, Joel Ward, Gary Cahill, Jeffrey Schlupp and Andros Townsend all out.

With options looking thin, Roy Hodgson could be forced to stick with a largely unchanged XI even at this busy period.

Predicted XI: Guaita; Kelly, Tomkins, Sakho, Riedewald; McArthur, Milivojevic, Kouyate; Meyer, Ayew, Zaha.

Squawka prediction

This is a tough one to predict with Palace understandably struggling for good performances given their injury problems.

Norwich showed they do have goals in them with a 2-2 draw with Tottenham and will feel aggrieved about Pukki’s disallowed effort due to a marginal offside.

Against Spurs they were punished by a good attack but Palace simply don’t have that and Norwich could record just a fourth win of the season.

Scoreline prediction: Norwich 2-1 Crystal Palace

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