Norwich v Swansea

Grant Holt

Barclays Premier League

Venue:
Carrow Road
Date:
Saturday, 6 April

Norwich goalkeeper Mark Bunn is back after a one-match ban, while Alexander Tettey has overcome a knee injury.

Anthony Pilkington (hamstring) is nearing a return, while regular keeper John Ruddy will play a development match on Monday after thigh surgery.

Swansea have Chico Flores and Angel Rangel available.

Flores is fit despite aggravating an ankle problem in last week's defeat by Tottenham, and Rangel has recovered from a calf injury.

MATCH PREVIEW

When Norwich City fans made the gruelling trip home to Norfolk from South Wales in December the conversations in the cars, vans and coaches would likely have focused on a potential top-10 finish rather than the battle to stay up.

The Canaries had just beaten Swansea 4-3 to stretch an unbeaten run to nine matches. But since that win at the Liberty Stadium they've managed just two more.

The gap to the relegation zone has been whittled down to four points, and nerves are becoming frayed. Although Chris Hughton's side remain difficult to beat, their inability to score goals means they are drawing too many games.

It's one point at best rather than all three, meaning small steps towards safety rather than giant strides to clinch it.

On the positive side, they boast a 100% record against Swansea in the Premier League and the visitors arrive at Carrow Road on the back of three successive defeats.

On the road in 2013 the Swans have been woeful, collecting just two points from five games and scoring only once along the way.

Michael Laudrup recently challenged his League Cup-winning squad to reach the 50-point mark which he believes would represent a fantastic achievement. It should be within their reach, however of late it seems to be their opponents who have more to play for. Norwich certainly have the greater incentive for the three points this weekend.

If current form suggests goals will be at a premium, recent history implies the opposite. There have been a massive 16 scored in their three Premier League meetings with ten coming from the feet or heads of those in canary yellow.

This time Norwich fans would happily settle for just the one off a knee or backside as long as it brought with it all three points.

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Norwich have won all three Premier League encounters. Swansea's last victory was 3-0 in a Championship match in April 2011.
  • The Canaries have won 13 of their 17 league meetings against Swansea at home.

Norwich

  • Norwich have won just two league games in 15 attempts since their 4-3 win at Swansea in December.
  • Grant Holt scored in that game but has since only found the net once.
  • The Canaries have earned 24 of their 34 points this season at Carrow Road. They are unbeaten in their last five home games, though four have been drawn.
  • Only Stoke (27) have scored fewer goals this season than Norwich (28).

Swansea

  • The Swans have lost four of their last five league games, and their last away victory was at Fulham on 29 December.
  • Swansea's tally of two points from their last five away games is identical to Norwich. Only Stoke have a worse record, having failed to secure a single point.
  • The Swans have yet to win a league game this season in which their opponents scored first (D5, L10).
  • Leon Britton could make his 400th career league appearance.
  • Michu's tally of 16 Premier League goals this season is bettered by only three players.