Norwich host Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday as the sides look to address their worrying form, with both teams positioned in the relegation zone ahead of the weekend's fixture.
Where to Watch
|When is Kick Off?||Saturday 18 January|
|What Time is Kick Off?||15:00 (GMT)|
|Where is it Played?||Carrow Road|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||BBC Sport Final Score/BT Sport Score|
Teemu Pukki could feature after sitting out against Manchester United and Preston with a thigh injury, while Grant Hanley and Ben Godfrey could also return. Hanley has been suffering with illness, while Godfrey has not featured since December due to a torn knee ligament.
Timm Klose and Josip Drmic will continue to miss out with knee and thigh injuries respectively. Klose has been injured since August and has not featured this season, while Drmic has been out since November and will be sidelined for the foreseeable future.
Bournemouth have been unbelievably unlucky with injuries this season. Both Josh King and Jack Stacey have thigh injuries and are expected to be out until late February.
Arnaut Danjuma has not featured since December due to an ankle injury and is expected to return in February, but Junior Stanislas will be back sooner than that. The winger has nursed a knee problem for most of the campaign, but has slowly been brought back into the first-team. However, he is now suffering from a calf injury.
Lloyd Kelly and Aaron Ramsdale could return for their side's trip to East Anglia. Ramsdale missed Bournemouth's 3-0 defeat to Watford and Kelly has not featured this season. Jefferson Lerma picked up a knock during his side's last outing but will likely make an appearance.
Charlie Daniels continues his road to recovery after undergoing surgery on his knee in August. David Brooks is in the same boat, as an ankle injury will keep him out for the foreseeable future. Chris Mepham sustained a significant knee injury in the FA Cup and will likely miss the rest of the season.
|Norwich||Krul; Aarons, Zimmerman, Hanley, Byram; Trybull, Tettey; Buendia, Duda, Cantwell; Pukki.|
|Bournemouth||Ramsdale; Smith, Cook, Ake, Rico; H.Wilson, Lerma, Billing, Fraser; Solanke, C.Wilson.|
Head to Head Record
Historically, this match-up has been evenly contested, though the home side just about edge it. In their 58 meetings, Norwich have won 23, with Bournemouth lagging behind on 19.
In the Premier League, however, the sides have met just three times, including once this season. Much like their meetings since the dawn of time, they have been evenly matched during the modern era. These three matches have ended in a Norwich victory, a Bournemouth triumph and a draw.
However, Bournemouth have not won at Carrow Road since 1959, and have only won two from nine meetings against the Canaries.
Neither side will be proud of their recent form ahead of this fixture.
Norwich have won just three games all season and are winless in ten Premier League matches. Five losses during this period and no victories on home turf since their famous 3-2 victory over Manchester City in September shows the basic lack of quality in their side.
Bournemouth haven't fared too much better. They have won two league games since September, against Manchester United and Chelsea. Free-falling down the table with an unfortunate injury list, Eddie Howe's side will be desperate to pick up a victory against a side weaker and in worse form than themselves.
Here's how both teams have fared in their last five matches.
|Manchester United 4-0 Norwich (11/1)||Bournemouth 0-3 Watford (12/1)|
|Preston 2-4 Norwich (4/1)||Bournemouth 4-0 Luton (4/1)|
|Norwich 1-1 Crystal Palace (1/1)||West Ham 4-0 Bournemouth (1/1)|
|Norwich 2-2 Tottenham (28/12)||Brighton 2-0 Bournemouth (28/12)|
|Aston Villa 1-0 Norwich (26/12)||Bournemouth 1-1 Arsenal (26/12)|
It is hard to determine a winner, considering both sides are in abhorrent form. Norwich have not won at home since the very beginning of the season, but Bournemouth have a very thin squad low on confidence.
This could be a very cagey draw, given the terrible form displayed by both sides in recent months.