As far as relegation crunch encounters go, this is almost as big as it gets. One could argue that a defeat for Fulham will practically end their stint in the top flight, while a victory for them will drag opponents Norwich right into the drop zone mire.
It’s certainly been a turbulent campaign for Fulham supporters and with five points currently separating the club from safety, the relegation omens appear to be large. However, they have at least given themselves a fighting chance of survival following their latest result, with Felix Magath’s side earning a much-needed three points away at Aston Villa. If one analyses the Cottagers’ form more specifically, it really doesn’t make for pleasant reading though. The Craven Cottage outfit have lost five of their last six games at home, with the latest result there being a 3-1 capitulation to Everton. On a more positive note, we should remember that Fulham did beat their opponents all the way back in December and with Magath seemingly getting their house in order following their win at Villa Park, their fans might be mildly confident ahead of the encounter.
Back then, Chris Hughton was the manager of Norwich. As we flash forward to Saturday, Hughton has now been removed from his position following a season which can only be described as being utterly dismal. They may have splashed the cash during the summer, but throughout the term Norwich have looked dour and relegation will be a sincere possibility if they surrender all the points this weekend. Recent form suggests that a positive result this weekend will be touch-and-go as well, with the Canaries on a run which has seen them lose three of their last four games. Having also only won one of their last six, and lost their last seven away games, caretaker manager Neil Adams has it all to do in his first job as a first team manager.
As for team news, Neil Adams has been given every aid possible with Norwich missing just the one player. Leroy Fer is the man in question, meaning that the Canaries have almost a fully fit squad to choose from. It’s a completely different situation for Fulham though, with Felix Magath poised to be without countless players. Scott Parker, Giorgios Karagounis and Dan Burn are classed as doubts, while it gets worse in relation to Kostas Mitroglou and Damien Duff who are both on the sidelines.
This is one of the toughest Premier League games to predict this weekend, not least because both of these sides find themselves in poor form. With Norwich adding the change-in-manager complexion, we’re going to have to sit on the fence and predict a 2-2 scoreline at Craven Cottage this Saturday.