Norwich vs Bournemouth preview

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Last Updated: 17/01/20 12:09pm

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A look at some of the key stats surrounding this weekend’s Premier League action as Liverpool welcome Manchester United and Crystal Palace face champions Manchester City
A look at some of the key stats surrounding this weekend’s Premier League action as Liverpool welcome Manchester United and Crystal Palace face champions Manchester City

Team news, key stats and prediction ahead of Norwich vs Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Team news

Norwich are set to call on Teemu Pukki again with the striker set to return after recovering from the thigh injury that has kept him out since New Year’s Day.

Grant Hanley could also return after overcoming illness, while Ben Godfrey’s knee injury will be assessed ahead of the clash with Bournemouth.

Finally, new signings Lukas Rupp and Ondrej Duda are in contention to feature against the Cherries.

Ondrej Duda joined Norwich from Hertha Berlin
Ondrej Duda joined Norwich from Hertha Berlin

Bournemouth are still without Josh King and Jack Stacey, who are both absent with hamstring injuries.

However, goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale could be fit to feature, having missed his side’s defeat to Watford because of a minor hamstring problem.

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A look at some of the key stats surrounding this weekend’s Premier League action as Liverpool welcome Manchester United and Crystal Palace face champions Manchester City
A look at some of the key stats surrounding this weekend’s Premier League action as Liverpool welcome Manchester United and Crystal Palace face champions Manchester City

How to follow

Follow the action with our dedicated live blog. Highlights of the game will be published at 5.15pm on Saturday on the Sky Sports website and app plus the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Watford’s win over Bournemouth
FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Watford’s win over Bournemouth

Opta stats

  • Norwich won the only previous Premier League match between the Canaries and Bournemouth at Carrow Road, a 3-1 victory in September 2015 under Alex Neil.
  • Bournemouth have lost two of their last 14 league games against Norwich (W6 D6), though these games are stretched across a period of 63 years (1956 to 2019).
  • This is the fifth meeting between the bottom two sides in the Premier League this season – no campaign in the competition has ever seen more such games (also five in 2004-05 and 1998-99). This is the first such match this term not involving Watford.
  • Norwich have won just one of their last 17 Premier League games (D5 L11), winning 2-0 at Everton in November. The Canaries are also winless in their last nine (D4 L5).
  • Norwich haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last 15 Premier League home games – the last team to have a longer such run in the competition were Aston Villa between December 2012-October 2013 (16 games).
  • Bournemouth haven’t scored a goal with any of their last 31 shots in the Premier League; the longest current run of all sides in the competition

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester Utd’s win against Norwich
FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester Utd’s win against Norwich

Charlie Nicholas’ prediction

Oh my! This is where Jeff’s wallet opens and then closes. There is always one game and you think will be tight, but you cannot call who will win here. It will be tight, but it will be tense.

This is the game I quite like watching too as it will be exactly that. Who is confident enough to get on the ball? Who will make the difference? Who will make a mistake? Eddie Howe needs to get the balance right of attack and scoring goals but Bournemouth need to stop conceding.

Norwich are in a must-win scenario where they sit eight points off with 16 games to go. Norwich will go after it, so we may get an open game of football. Bournemouth need something from it, a win may close the gap and lift the whole camp, for either side. I see tension, I see many mistakes, but I see this being a game with goals galore. This result will not help Norwich.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 3-3 (50/1 with Sky Bet)

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