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Norwich predicted lineup vs Arsenal - Premier League

Max Parsons
Things aren't looking good for Dean Smith
Things aren't looking good for Dean Smith / Stephen Pond/GettyImages
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Norwich are scheduled to host Arsenal on Boxing Day, aiming for an unlikely result to ease relegation fears.

Despite a promising start to his tenure at Carrow Road, Dean Smith has seen his side really struggle of late. Now sitting at the foot of the Premier League table and without a victory in five attempts, three defeats on the bounce - including a measly 2-0 loss to Aston Villa last time out - have spelt real danger for the Canaries.

Things don't get easier on Sunday either. In order to give their fans something to cheer about, the hosts will have to overcome a high-flying Arsenal side who have won their previous four in all competitions and occupy a place inside the league's top four.

Here's how Smith could line up on the day.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

tim krul
Tim Krul has kept three clean sheets this season / Chloe Knott - Danehouse/GettyImages

Tim Krul (GK) - Played every minute of Norwich's Premier League campaign thus far - give him a medal - and has, in fairness, managed three clean sheets.

Max Aarons (RB) - Given his undoubted potential, the 21-year-old has somewhat disappointed this term - he's a stalwart in the side, however.

Ozan Kabak (CB) - The Turkey international has been passed fit for this one, having previously been considered a doubt.

Ben Gibson (CB) - Central defence is one of Smith's most heavily-hit areas, so Gibson should be in line for a seventh appearance in eight outings here.

Brandon Williams (LB) - Has been an ever-present under Smith - apart from missing Norwich's game against parent club Manchester United - and will surely continue as Arsenal visit.

2. Midfielders

Billy Gilmour
Billy Gilmour should be set for another start / Stephen Pond/GettyImages

Billy Gilmour (CM) - Has started all but one game since Smith took charge at Carrow Road and should be in line to feature once more.

Jacob Sorensen (CM) - Could make a third consecutive start after Mathias Normann was further ruled out with an injury setback.

Kenny McLean (CM) - Hasn't missed a game since the opening day and will continue at the heart of the side for Norwich's Boxing Day match-up.

3. Forwards

Teemu Pukki
Even his goals haven't provided much hope for Norwich's survival efforts / Stephen Pond/GettyImages

Przemyslaw Placheta (RW) - Was one of his side's brighter sparks against Villa last time out - not saying much - and should be set for a third successive start.

Teemu Pukki (ST) - Pukki is responsible for 62.5% of the Canaries' Premier League goals this term; there's only one option up top.

Todd Cantwell (LW) - Put in an atrocious showing against Villa but, despite Adam Idah and Kieran Dowell waiting in the wings, could be afforded another opportunity here.


You can read 90min's preview of Norwich vs Arsenal here.

You can read Arsenal's predicted lineup here.

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