Newly-promoted club Norwich City will hope to get out of their rut as they host equally struggling team Swansea City at the Carrow Road this Saturday, November 7th for a 2015-2016 Premier League encounter.
Norwich are currently on a four-game losing streak and have been winless in their last six games. Their last victory was back in September 12th against fellow newcomer AFC Bournemouth also at their home stadium. The Canaries are coming off a brutal 1-2 loss to league leader Manchester City last Saturday at the Etihad Stadium when a late and controversial Yaya Touré penalty kick was converted by Manuel Pellegrini’s side at the 89th minute to deny the point for Norwich.
Norwich captain Russell Martin was sent off at the 88th with a controversial handball call that gave City the opportunity to win the match.
Striker Cameron Jerome equalised the match at 1-1 in the 83rd minute for Norwich after City defender Nicolas Otamendi drew first blood at the 67th.
Swansea are also having trouble finding wins lately as they have only won once in their last seven outings, which was against Aston Villa on October 24th. Their last match was a terrible 0-3 hammering at the hands of Arsenal in their home turf of Liberty Stadium last Saturday.
The Swans could not stop the second half explosion of the Gunners’ Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny, and Joel Campbell on the way to the embarrassing defeat.
Garry Monk looks to lead his team to a win against lowly Norwich, but the Canaries will give them a tough time before they concede one again.
• This fixture averages more than four goals a match in the BPL, with 25 being scored in six meetings.
• Gomis’s team-mate, Jonjo Shelvey, will also be keen to convert one of his shots to a goal. The Swansea midfielder has attempted 30 shots without one going in, the highest in the division.
• Bassong has made the most clearances this season, with 104, and the Norwich defender is likely to extend his lead of 17 clearances because Swansea’s Jefferson Montero has fired in the most crosses from open play in 2015/16 (63). The Ecuador winger has also embarked on more dribbles than any player in the competition (73).
• Both teams go into the match looking to improve their form. Norwich have won just one of their past eight BPL home matches, while Swansea have struggled on the road, winning one of their last six away league matches.
• Carrow Road has been somewhat of a bogey ground for the Welsh team, with just one win in their last 15 matches there in all competitions.
LEAGUE HEAD TO HEAD:
29/03/2014 Premier League 2013/2014 Swansea City 3 – 0 Norwich City
15/12/2013 Premier League 2013/2014 Norwich City 1 – 1 Swansea City
06/04/2013 Premier League 2012/2013 Norwich City 2 – 2 Swansea City
08/12/2012 Premier League 2012/2013 Swansea City 3 – 4 Norwich City
11/02/2012 Premier League 2011/2012 Swansea City 2 – 3 Norwich City
15/10/2011 Premier League 2011/2012 Norwich City 3 – 1 Swansea City
Cameron Jerome wants Norwich City to turn around their disappointing home form when they face Swansea City in the Premier League on Saturday. Alex Neil’s side have won just one of their five top-flight matches at Carrow Road so far season, form which has contributed to them sitting in 16th position – two points above the relegation zone.
The solitary victory was a 3-1 triumph over AFC Bournemouth and Norwich have gone six Premier League matches without a win since then, losing four. Jerome was on target in the 2-1 defeat to league leaders Manchester City last weekend.
The striker believes the pressure is on for Norwich to turn around their home form and the match with Swansea – a side that have only come away from Carrow Road victorious once in their previous 15 visits in all competitions – is the perfect chance to do that.
Bafetimbi Gomis has been struggling lately, and Norwich is a team that has also been struggling for quite some time now.
This should be the perfect opportunity for Gomis to get a goal or two in.
Gary Monk refused to shower any blame on the striker for his goal-less run, and Gomis will be looking to turn things around against Norwich City this Saturday.
Garry Monk looks to lead his wards to a win against a lowly Norwich, but the Canaries will give them a tough time before they concede one again.
My prediction is a 2-1 win for Swansea City over Norwich City.