Norwich v Crystal Palace preview

Date published: Thursday 1st January 1970 12:00

Norwich v Crystal Palace preview

Both clubs have invested heavily in the summer. Norwich have added six players to their squad including Robbie Brady, Youssef Mulumbu and Andre Wisdom on loan from Liverpool.
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace has spent heavily in their attack. Yohan Cabaye from Paris Saint-Germain for £13m, striker Connor Wickham and Patrick Bamford on loan from Chelsea are just three of their seven signings made so far.
Crystal Palace has never beaten Norwich in the Premier League (D4 L4), the last meeting finishing 1-1 at Selhurst Park on New Year’s Day 2014.
Team news
Norwich will head into the game without summer signing Mulumbu after the midfielder had an operation on a fractured metatarsal.
Full-back Martin Olsson continues to recover from shoulder surgery following the Sky Bet Championship play-off final victory at Wembley, while forward Kyle Lafferty (knee) is also out. New signings Andre Wisdom and Robbie Brady could both be included in the squad.
Cameron Jerome is expected to start after struggling with an ankle injury as Robbie Brady is expected to make his Premier League debut.
A finger injury has ruled the long-serving Julian Speroni out of Palace’s opening three matches, so either Wales ‘keeper Wayne Hennessey or new signing Alex McCarthy will be given the chance to succeed the Argentinian.
Marouane Chamakh is unavailable because of a hamstring injury and will also miss Palace’s next fixture, against Arsenal, but expensive summer signings Yohan Cabaye and Connor Wickham are both expected to make their debuts.
Stats
Norwich are unbeaten in their last 11 top division meetings (W6 D5) against Crystal Palace.
Crystal Palace have failed to score in three of the last six PL meetings.
Norwich have won one of last seven league meetings (D3 L3) and 2 of last 15 (D6 L7).
Crystal Palace scored 19 set-piece goals (excluding penalties) last season; the joint most with West Brom (19).
Merson’s prediction
Norwich did well last year, keeping their players and returning to the Premier League at the first attempt, and fair play to them for doing that. I like Palace, they are a decent side, particularly away from home where they are a major threat. This is a tough game for Norwich because their fans will be expecting them to come out and attack Palace and that will play into the visitors’ plans.
If Norwich do that, Palace will just pick them off for fun. Their pace on the counter attack will be too much for Norwich unless they change their tactics and try and play a counter-attacking game themselves. I just don’t think the fans will allow them to do that.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-3 (25/1 with Sky Bet)
Betting
Norwich (8/5) are Sky Bet’s marginal favourites ahead of their clash with Crystal Palace (9/5) on Saturday. The Canaries made an instant return to the top flight under Neil but are still regarded as even-money shots to take the plunge straight back to the Sky Bet Championship this term. Palace have won two of the last three meetings at Carrow Road 2-1, the prediction of Sky Sports football pundit Jamie Redknapp at odds of 9/1. Cameron Jerome (11/2) is the shortest priced of the Norwich side to net first, with Glenn Murray considered the visitors’ biggest threat at 6/1 to score first.

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