The Canaries will struggle to keep Lukaku quiet

Last updated: December 7, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details


Kick-off: Saturday, 12:45pm
Venue: Carrow Road
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LDLWL
Away form: DWDWD
Last season:
Competition: The Premier League

Everton played sensationally against Crystal Palace on Monday, but earned just one point, after finishing 1-1. The Toffees showed off their good attacking style, but were denied by the woodwork (twice). A misunderstanding in their defence allowed Scott Dann to score with a header, but eventually Lukaku found the net and the final score was 1-1.

The Canaries are having serious problems in defence and I don’t think they can keep Everton’s attackers quiet, especially Romelu Lukaku, who has scored 11 goals in 15 matches and is the second best goal-scorer in the Premier League. In addition, Ross Barkley, who is in really good shape has scored 6 goals and has recorded 5 assists.

Norwich are playing well at home, but the team has kept just one clean sheet in 7 matches. Furthermore, The Canaries are just too close to the relegation zone and it won’t be a surprise if at the end of the 16th round they went down to 19th place in the standings. Norwich have conceded 27 goals in 15 games, which means 1,8 per match on average.

Team News

Alex Neil can be happy, because there are no injured or suspended players in The Canaries’ squad. So, he can play his best.

Leighton Baines appeared for the first time this season against Palace and played 28 minutes. Now, the Everton captain can start the match.

James McCarthy has received a hip injury. The Irish international has taken part in 14 Premiership matches so far.

Hibbert, Browning, Pienaar and Jagielka are the other main omissions for Everton. I’m wondering if Pienaar will ever play again for The Toffees?

Quotes of the week

alex neil
Alex Neil (Norwich) :
“I have said a few words to them and I let them know that what they did was not acceptable and we will analyse it.”

Roberto Martinez
Roberto Martinez (Everton) :
“Lukaku deserves a lot of praise because he is a very reliable footballer.”

Expected line-ups:

Norwich (5-4-1): Ruddy, Wisdom, Bassong, Brady, Martin, Mulumbu, Redmond, Jerome, Howson, Hoolahan, Mbokani.
Subs Dorrans, Lafferty, Rudd, Bennett, Whittaker, Grabban, Tettey
Not available:
Everton (4-2-3-1): Howard, Stones, Baines, Coleman, Ramiro Mori, Barry, Cleverley, Deulofeu, Barkley, Kone, Lukaku.
Subs Robles, Naismith, Gibson, Oviedo, McGeady, Galloway, Mirallas.
Injured: Pienaar, Hibbert, Browning, Jagielka, McCarthy.
Not available:

Key Battle

brady Brady this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
15 1350 1 1,7 1 3 1 0
barkley Barkley this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
15 1334 6 2,9 5 2 2 0

So far this season

. . .
Norwich this season Everton this season
16 League Position 9
2 (1) (at home) Wins (away) 3 (2)
3-1 vs. Bournemouth and Sunderland Biggest win 6-2 vs. Sunderland
2 (2) (at home) Draws (away) 3 (4)
3 (5) (at home) Losses (away) 2 (1)
2-6 to Newcastle Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Manchester United
Redmond (4) Top scorer Lukaku (11)
Hoolahan (5) Assist Leader Deulofeu (6)
Y24, R2 Discipline Y22, R2
4 Failures to score 4
1 Clean Sheets 4
10 Both Teams to Score Games 9
8 Over 2.5 Games 9
7 Under 2.5 Games 6
  • These two teams met two months ago in The Capital One Cup and Everton won on penalties. The final score after 90 minutes was 1-1.
  • Norwich have won 9 of 25 games at home against Everton. The Toffees have recorded 7 victories and there has been 9 draws.
  • The last Everton away Premiership victory against Norwich was 11 years ago. The Toffees won 3-2. Kilbane, Marcus Bent and Ferguson were the goal-scorers.
  • The Toffees have lost only 1 away Premiership match this season. They lost to Arsenal 1-2 on 24th Oct. Everton have also recorded 2 victories and 4 draws away from Goodison Park.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
27/10/15 The Capital One Cup Everton (P)1-1 Norwich Bassong 51′
11/01/14 The Premier League Everton 2-0 Norwich G. Barry 23′
17/08/13 The Premier League Norwich 2-2 Everton S. Whittaker 51′
23/02/13 The Premier League Norwich 2-1 Everton Osman 39′
24/11/12 The Premier League Everton 1-1 Norwich S. Naismith 12′