England Premier League
Saturday 4th July 2020
Kick off at 12.30pm BST
Venue: Carrow Road
Norwich were soundly beaten 4-0 by Arsenal at the Emirates in their last game and even though in theory it is possible for the Canaries to stay up this season we have to be realistic and say they will likely go down this season.
Norwich have lost all of their 3 games since the restart and overall that means 4 defeats in a row. The gap to safety may read 6 points but it is in fact 7, because their goal difference over the teams just above them is so inferior. There are 18 points left to play for.
The good news could be that the Canaries are at least at home, 15 of their 21 points this season has been won at Carrow Road. Though they have recently lost to Everton and Southampton at home, scoring no goals and conceding 4. That’s the other problem the club have failed to find the net since the restart.
Brighton are in 15th place with 33 points and though no one would want to say they are out of the woods just yet, their survival is looking more realistic. In their last game they were outclassed by Manchester United losing that one 3-0. It’s their only loss since the restart. Away from home though and the club have picked up just 2 wins all season. They have drawn their last four games in a row, though their last two would have been seen as respectable results against Leicester and Wolves with both of those games finishing 0-0.
Graham Potter’s team can’t actually move up a place with a win given that they are 7 points behind Southampton but victory would feel like the team have just acquired the duct tape to seal their survival for this season.
Norwich: Moritz Leitner was ruled out of the match v Arsenal with a hernia problem. He is 50/50 to make this game. He is the only new injury concern for the club.
Brighton: Adam Webster is being pencilled in to return for this game after his hamstring injury a couple of weeks ago. Davy Propper has a calf problem but has been back in training and will be assessed for the game. Leon Balogun has left the club and joined Wigan.
Norwich vs Brighton Head to Head:
Earlier this season Brighton won the reverse fixture 2-0.
The last time the teams met here was in 2017 when Norwich won 2-0.
Brighton have not recorded a win at Norwich since 2002.
Norwich vs Brighton Prediction:
Norwich have obviously not restarted the campaign well but they have played some good football. In truth they wouldn’t have given themselves much of a chance away to Arsenal in their last game. So maybe their miracle then starts here, and whilst the club look doomed, all it takes is two good wins to change up the landscape and make the other teams just above panic.
Brighton have played as well as they can, and that includes a win over Arsenal but they have a poor recent record coming to this ground. They come into this game with perhaps more confidence than their hosts, and we are tempted to side with the away team here. This really could be Norwich's final chance of trying to put in a performance against a side, who let’s face it, have not had a good season and are in 15th place so anything is still possible in this lunch time kick off. We do also see goals, as lets face it, Norwich need a win, and that wont happen without goals.
Norwich vs Brighton Betting Tips:
Draw no bet (Brighton) at 1.57
Goal line (Over 2) at 1.53