Norwich City are set to continue their battle for survival in the Premier League when they welcome Leicester City to the Carrow Road on Friday night.
The Premier League newcomers have struggled to add up to their impact in the early stages of the season which saw them defeat Manchester City.
Leicester City have also failed to live up to expectations, as football lovers were keenly waiting to see them put up a strong fight against Liverpool in the race for the Premier League title.
Both teams have seen their forward lines misfire in recent games with Jamie Vardy and Teemu Pukki not scoring in their last seven and three games respectively for their clubs in the top-flight.
After getting to 17 goals first, Vardy has failed to add to his tally with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang catching up, while Pukki’s goals against Bournemouth and Tottenham last month meant that he recorded his 10th and 11th of the season in the Premier League.
WHEN AND WHERE?
Venue: Carrow Road
Date: Friday, February 28
Norwich are winless in their last three league meetings with Leicester (D1 L2), losing 1-2 the last time they hosted the Foxes in October 2015.
Leicester’s last Premier League defeat against Norwich was back in November 1994 (1-2), winning three and drawing one of their four such meetings since.
This is just Norwich’s fourth Premier League game to take place on a Friday – they’ve lost each of the previous three by an aggregate score of 2-11 (1-5 vs Tottenham in April 1993, 1-4 vs Liverpool in August 2019 and 0-2 vs Watford in November 2019).
Norwich have won just one of their last 14 Premier League games (D5 L8) and have failed to score in each of their last three. Indeed, Norwich’s last two goals have been penalties, with the Canaries not scoring from open play since the 4th minute their match against Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day.
Leicester have failed to score in their last two Premier League games – they’d only fail to score in two of their previous 24 in the competition, netting 54 goals in that run.
The home side will continue their league action without several players such Timm Klose, Sam Byram, Onel Hernandez with Christoph Zimmerman adjudged to be a doubt for the game.
The Foxes poor run of form have been attributed to the loss of Wilfred Ndidi as the defensive midfielder continues his recovery. Hamza Choudhury has done little the work of the Nigerian, but is set to continue in same role with Ndidi just returning to training.
Norwich: Krul; Aarons, Godfrey, Hanley, Lewis; Tettey, McLean; Buendia, Duda, Cantwell; Pukki
Leicester: Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Choudhury, Perez, Praet, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy
Norwich City 0-2 Leicester City