Relegation Threatened Norwich Seeks Vital Three Points Against SouthamptonPublished January 2, 2016 by Florin P
Injury-free Norwich welcomes streaky Southampton at Carrow Road (3:00 p.m UK Time).
Norwich managed to win another game in front of its fans after scoring twice against Aston Villa. It was a relatively easy victory but they can’t hope for a similar outcome against Southampton, a team that is slowly returning to fitness. They managed to defeat Arsenal after scoring four unanswered goals, only to crash on the road the very next round away at West Ham.
No Injury Concerns for Norwich
Norwich has allowed plenty of goals this season, more than any other team in the Premier League, which rendered their offensive performance less visible. For the first time in many weeks, they are injury free and can feature a competitive starting formation, with an intact backline. This helped them against Aston Villa as they managed to keep a clean sheet and should prove useful against Southampton.
Both their strikers are 30 years old, which explains why they are rarely used together and for the entire 90 minutes. The three points secured against Aston Villa give Norwich some room to maneuver and the hosts could afford to split points against Southampton.
Pelle Still out for the Visitors
Southampton is still playing with a single striker after their most prolific offensive player suffered an injury that has kept him on the bench since November. Even so, Pelle remains the top goalscorer with six goals and his absence will be missed tonight.
Long and Mane rose to the challenge and they have scored a combined seven goals this season and both of them are expected to play against Norwich. Southampton won just two games on the road this season and that’s why, it makes perfect sense to take odds of 7/10 offered by bet365 Sports on Norwich to win or draw. Betting on more than 2.5 goals is also an option given the defensive frailty of the home side.