Considering the status and history of both of these clubs, it is simply incredible to see that Norwich could go level on points with their opponents should they net the three points this weekend. The Canaries have enjoyed a marvellous campaign in the top flight since their promotion last term, while Liverpool have endured a disastrous year which sees them sit in 8th position.
Many people wrote Norwich off as certainties for relegation, immediately after their promotion from the Championship last year. However, the Canaries have experienced an unbelievable campaign, where not once have they been threatened by the drop and they could even finish in the top half. As it stands, Paul Lambert’s men sit in 13th position, with just a handful of points separating from the upper reaches of the table. However, it has to be said that recent form has been poor and the Carrow Road outfit will want to finish the campaign in good form that they can carry on to next term. The club have won just one of their last five top flight games, while they have prevailed in just one of their last six home fixtures.
Liverpool on the other hand really have put their league campaign down their list of priorities, with the Reds seemingly putting all of their efforts on cup competitions this term. Having won the Carling Cup, the Anfield outfit have the chance to add to that when they participate in the FA Cup final next month. In terms of the Premier League, Kenny Dalglish will just be hoping that his players have enough in them to keep their top half position. As it stands, 10th place West Brom are just one point behind them, meaning that their form simply has to improve. The Reds have won just two of their last eleven league games, which is simply unbelievable considering the proud history that Liverpool possess.
As for team news, Norwich have something of a defensive crisis with the likes of Daniel Ayala, Zak Whitbread and Marc Tierney all on the treatment table as they struggle with injuries. Liverpool on the other hand could decide to bring back Steven Gerrard, after he was rested for the Reds’ last game against West Brom. However, fellow midfielder Charlie Adam won’t be featuring, as a serious knee problem continues to hinder him.
Even though Liverpool are undoubtedly stronger on paper than their opponents, our tip is still going to be for a Norwich victory. The Canaries may have struggled with their form in recent fixtures, but we think their home advantage will count for everything in this clash. Bearing this in mind, our prediction is going to be a slender 2-1 victory for Paul Lambert’s side.