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The battle of the newly promoted teams

Last updated: September 7, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Carrow Road
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LWDWL
Away form: DWWLL
Last season: 1-1
Referee: Atkinson
Competition: Premier League

Norwich City and AFC Bournemouth proved in their first Premier League matches that they are competitive enough for The Premiership and now they are going to face each other in the 5th round of the tournament.

The Canaries have recorded a win and a draw in their last four games, which is good enough for a newly promoted team. Norwich players proved they have great individual skills but the team has difficulties in defending when there is a dangerous set piece. Nathan Redmond and Russell Martin are in top form, both scoring twice in the last four games.

Last season Championship winners – AFC Bournemouth have recently performed really well in attack, scoring five goals in the last two games. The Cherries impressed the football experts when they won against West Ham by four goals to three away from home. The striker Callum Wilson is the man in form for Bournemouth, scoring four goals in four games.

Eddie Howe, the Bournemouth manager, has to work on improving the team’s performance in defense. The Cherries can hardly keep their sheet clean. Another weakness of the team’s playing style is that the players find it difficult to keep possession of the ball.


Team News

Kyle Lafferty (Norwich) is available to take part in the game, after recovering from a knee injury.

Only Scotland’s international Whittaker, who was sent off for Norwich against Southampton, is going to miss the game.

Eddie Howe can’t include in the starting eleven; Tyrone Mings, who has been ruled out-of-action for at least nine months. Max Gradel is also injured and will be out of the squad.

Callum Wilson is the man in top form for Bournemouth and is expected to lead his team to a victory against Norwich.

Quotes of the week

alex neil Alex Neil (Norwich) : “We didn’t deserve anything last weekend. I hope things will change.”

Eddie Howe Bournemouth Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) : “We are certainly going to miss them. They were a key part of what we were doing going forward. We hunted both of them, especially Max, for a long time.”


Expected line-ups:

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Norwich (4-4-1-1): Ruddy, Wisdom, Bassong, Brady, Martin, Tettey, Redmond, Dorrans, Howson, Hoolahan, Jerome.
Subs Johnson, Hooper, Rudd, Bennett, O’Neil, van Wolfswinkel, Mulumbu
Injured:
Doubtful:
Not available: Whittaker – suspended
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Bournemouth (4-4-2): Boruc, Daniels, Cook, Elphick, Francis, O’Kane, Pugh, Surman, Ritchie, Tomlin, Wilson.
Subs Federici, Smith, MacDonald, Kermorgant, Distin, Murray, Gosling.
Injured: Gradel, Mings
Doubtful:
Not available:

Key Battle

Redmond Redmond this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
4 299 2 2,3 1 1 0 0
callum wilson Wilson this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
4 360 4 2 0 1 0 0

So far this season

This is maybe one of the most important matches in The Premier League for both teams because they will compete for staying in The Premiership, so this game is a real “six pointer”.

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Norwich this season Bournemouth this season
14 League Position 11
0 (1) (at home) Wins (away) 0 (1)
3-1 vs Sunderland Biggest win 4-3 vs West Ham
1 (0) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (0)
1 (1) (at home) Losses (away) 1 (1)
0-3 to Southampton Biggest Defeat 0-1 to Aston Villa and Liverpool
Redmond (2), Martin (2) Top scorer Wilson (4)
Hoolahan (3) Assist Leader Gradel (1), Francis (1)
Y7, R1 Discipline Y10, R0
1 Failures to score 2
0 Clean Sheets 0
3 Both Teams to Score Games 2
3 Over 2.5 Games 1
1 Under 2.5 Games 3
  • These two teams have played each other only twice. Resulting in a draw and a Norwich away victory.
  • The last time both teams played at Carrow Road was on 30 August 2014 when the final result was 1-1. An interesting fact is that Callum Wilson scored for The Cherries. So, he has experience in scoring against this opponent.
  • Bournemouth have scored five goals and have conceded six from the start of the season. Their opponent has scored five goals and conceded eight.
  • Norwich drew in their last home match (1-1 against Stoke City). The Canaries lost two from their four competitive games so far.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goalscorer
10.01.15 Championship Bournemouth 1-2 Norwich Ritchie 18′
30.08.14 Championship Norwich 1-1 Bournemouth Grabban 15′