One of the last chances for Sunderland.
Last updated: April 11, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
The Black Cats are on a run of 6 consecutive Premier League matches without a victory. Now, they are lying in 18th place in the standings, 4 points behind Norwich City. So, the match is a real six-pointer in the relegation battle. In addition, Sunderland have played one match less than The Canaries and if The Black Cats win at Carrow Road on Saturday, they will dramatically increase their chances of staying in The Premier League.
Moreover, Norwich City won only 1 of their last 6 home matches in the league. Alex Neil’s players lost their last match in The Premier League to Crystal Palace 1-0. Jason Puncheon showed a great piece of skill and scored the only goal of the game in the 68th minute.
The Canaries won against Sunderland 3-1 at The Stadium of Light earlier this season. In addition, Sunderland have lost 10 of their 15 visits to Norwich City. So, the match will be very difficult for Sam Allardyce’s players, but if they win the three points they will feel more secure about their future in The Premier League.
Alexander Tettey is still injured for Norwich City. The midfielder is suffering from an ankle injury and will be back on the pitch in the beginning of May.
The only injured player in Sunderland’s squad is Duncan Watmore. The forward received his injury in February, but is still not ready to play.
Sam Allardyce could make some changes in attack, because Sunderland have failed to score in their last 2 Premier League matches.
Alex Neil is not expected to make any changes, because the team has recently performed well, winning 7 of a possible 12 points.
Quotes of the week
Alex Neil (Norwich City) : “Sunderland is the ideal match for us because we have a chance to get ourselves further away from the relegation zone.”
Sam Allardyce (Sunderland) : “It’s more important that we don’t lose because giving them three points would be worse.”
|Norwich City (4-4-2):||Ruddy, Klose, Bassong, Olsson, Martin, O’Neil, Redmond, Brady, Howson, Mbokani, Naismith.|
|Subs||Rudd, Ivo Pinto, Bamford, Jarvis, Mulumbu, Jerome, Hoolahan.|
|Sunderland (4-1-4-1):||Mannone, Kone, Yedlin, Kaboul, van Aanholt, Kirchhoff, Rodwell, M’Vila, Khazri, Borini, Defoe.|
|Subs||Lens, Toivonen, Cattermole, O’Shea, Pickford, Jones, N’Doye.|
So far this season
|Norwich City this season||Sunderland this season|
|5 (3)||(at home) Wins (away)||4 (2)|
|3-1 vs. Sunderland and Bournemouth||Biggest win||3-0 vs. Newcastle|
|5 (2)||(at home) Draws (away)||5 (4)|
|6 (12)||(at home) Losses (away)||7 (10)|
|2-6 to Newcastle||Biggest Defeat||2-6 to Everton|
|Mbokani, Redmond (5)||Top scorer||Defoe (12)|
|Hoolahan (8)||Assist Leader||Johnson (5)|
|Y56, R3||Discipline||Y53, R2|
|12||Failures to score||11|
|16||Both Teams to Score Games||18|
|17||Over 2.5 Games||16|
|16||Under 2.5 Games||16|
- There has been the option of ‘under 2.5 goals scored’ in the Black cats’ last 4 Premiership matches. They finished with a draw on 3 occasions.
- 5 of the last 6 Norwich City Premier League matches finished with the option of ‘over 2.5 goals scored’. The only exception was against Man City (0-0).
- The Canaries have conceded at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 Premier League games at Carrow Road. So, they will need to improve their performance in defence.
- Sunderland have failed to win their last 6 league matches. They finished with a draw on 4 occasions and lost twice, conceding 7 goals in their net.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|15/08/15||The Premier League||Sunderland 1-3 Norwich||R. Martin 26′|
|22/03/14||The Premier League||Norwich 2-0 Sunderland||R. Snodgrass 20′|
|21/12/13||The Premier League||Sunderland 0-0 Norwich||—|
|17/03/13||The Premier League||Sunderland 1-1 Norwich||W. Hoolahan 26′|
|02/12/12||The Premier League||Norwich 2-1 Sunderland||S. Bassong 8′|