Norwich v Stoke team news & stats

Date published: Thursday 1st January 1970 12:00

Norwich v Stoke team news & stats

Norwich are likely to stick with the same starting line-up that won 3-1 at Sunderland last weekend, with Martin Olsson (shoulder) and Kyle Lafferty (knee) still sidelined.
Stoke, meanwhile, will hand a debut at some stage to Xherdan Shaqiri, but Bojan is more likely to make his return in the midweek Capital One Cup game against Luton.
Jonathan Walters is expected to be fit after illness and could start ahead of Shaqiri on the right flank, while Marc Wilson could be involved after recovering from an ankle injury.
Opta stats
Norwich have lost just one of their last 10 league meetings with Stoke City at Carrow Road (W5 D4 L1).
The last seven league meetings between these two sides have seen a total of just nine goals scored.
On the last occasion that these two sides met in the Premier League (March 2014), Jon Walters scored and was the sent off; his only Premier League dismissal.
Bradley Johnson has scored the first goal of the game in the last two Premier League meetings between these sides at Carrow Road.
Stoke have collected just three points from 18 available in their last six PL away games (D3 L3).
The last time that Norwich won as many as two Premier League games in August within the same season was in 1993-94 (3).
Alex Neil has won 18 of his 27 competitive games in charge of Norwich City; predecessor Neil Adams managed just 11 wins from 32 matches.
Norwich have attempted 20 shots from outside the box in the opening two games (including blocked), more than any other side in the Premier League.
Norwich midfielder Wes Hoolahan has assisted three goals in two Premier League games this season.
Nathan Redmond has scored five goals in his last six appearances for Norwich City.
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