The Canaries host Watford in a relegation six pointer under the magic of the lights this Friday.
Watford sit bottom with just four points to their name whilst their hosts are only two points above them so a bad result for Norwich and they could finish the week rock bottom.
The Hornets have improved of late picking up a point to Spurs and Arsenal whilst also putting in some match winning performances.
When talking about both teams seasons, the word unfortunate comes to mind. With the Canaries continuers run of injuries to key players and the Hornets putting in good performances but not getting what they deserved, both teams need their luck to change if either side are to make a bid for top flight safety.
Both teams come into the match on the back of losses with Norwich losing on the road to Brighton and Watford losing 2-1 to on form Chelsea.
This is our predicted XI for this crucial relegation six pointer…
City’s saviour in recent weeks, Krul has recovered from minor injury problems and is a certain starter. With Norwich conceding at least fifteen shots most games, the Dutchman has had to be on top form to keep the score down which he has and, in the process, has kept top European goalkeeper Fahrmann out.
He was fairly ineffective against Brighton but has shown his quality this season which has kept summer recruit Byram out of the team.
We’re predicting that the U23 centre back will come in for his debut against the Hornets. He has impressed for the youth side recently and after being given a new contract in the week, all the pointers seem to be in his direction. Should he start, it will be huge game for him and he will have the physical presence of the returning Deeney to deal with.
With Famewo in the other centre half position, it was between Godfrey and Amadou to partner him. We’ve gone for Godfrey purely for his recent performances. Amadou outperformed Godfrey against Manchester United but apart from that, the Englishman has been a class above the defensive midfielder.
He struggled to stem the flow of Brighton attacks last week but with only the lacklustre Heise the other left back, he a certain starter for pretty much every game.
He has started an impressive partnership in the middle of the park with Tettey. Norwich drew to Bournemouth and beat Premier League champions Manchester City when the two have been in midfield so they’ll be hoping to continue that and get a vital win against the bottom side.
We’re putting the Norwegian back into his preferred position for the relegation six pointer with the hope that he can sure up the midfield. Tettey’s presence is crucial to City as it gives McLean the licence to join the attacks and help find the killer pass that the Canaries have been lacking.
The Argentinian had a torrid time against Brighton and Manchester United but he will come up against a lacklustre defence under the lights on Friday so he’ll be hoping to find his form.
He was one of the better performers last weekend but he has struggled with consistency so far the season.
Farke says he’s back to full fitness after playing with a minor knock in recent weeks and his positive direct running will be key to the Canaries again.
The Fin has netted six times this season which is hard to believe in recent weeks. He’s been too isolated and has been starved off chances.