Premier League Match Preview: Everton vs. Norwich City

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Updated: January 7, 2014
Everton

Match Date: 11 January 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Goodison Park

 

Everton

A late penalty from Leighton Baines secured Everton a 1-1 draw in their New Year’s Day battle with Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium. This serves as the side’s eighth deadlock this season, and a good backdrop for their massive victory in the FA Cup over Queens Park Rangers 4-0.

 

Everton’s form at the Premier League has so far been impressive, securing 10 victories from the 20 fixtures they had. Also posting a massive number of goals scored, The Toffees are comfortably seated at the league table’s fifth spot.

 

Roberto Martínez’s lads are doing very well in terms of shooting from direct free kicks. They are also very robust when it comes to creating chances, attacking-defending set pieces, and coming back from losing positions. They, however, need to focus more on their aerial attacks as they are not showing impressive skills in this department.

 

Norwich City

Whether in the top-flight domestic league or in the FA Cup, Norwich City display nowhere near to a magnificent performance. Their last six matches (in all competitions) were lacking in impressive goals, scoring a maximum of only one goal per fixture. Of this streak, two went into dismay while the rest were tedious deadlocks.

 

Currently ranked at number 15, The Canaries are only three points clear of relegation. Their negative goal difference also suggests a very poor defense, which comes alongside a struggling attack. On top of that is a ballooning number of sidelined players, which include Turner, Howson, Bennet, Pilkington, and Tettey.

 

Football betting tip: Separated by 18 points and apparently running on different wavelengths, Everton and Norwich City know that they are headed to a not-so-thrilling clash. The hosts could easily pick up all the points from this battle, should the visitors still fail to make any impression.

 

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