Entering the enforced break with a 1-0 defeat against fellow returners Sheffield United, the Canneries open Friday’s contest sat rock-bottom of the table after collecting just a sole victory in their previous six top-flight outings.
On the flip side, while Southampton may have managed to all but secure their Premier League status for another year, they too entered the break with a 1-0 defeat against Newcastle and found themselves in the midst of what was another worrying blip.
However, despite losing five of their last six matches across all competitions, you might be interested to know that Southampton do hold an eye-catching record against the relegation scrappers.
Picking up a 2-1 win when the two sides faced off earlier in the season, the Saints have won back-to-back matchups against Friday’s hosts, and another away victory this weekend can be found priced at 23/20 with Coral.
Farke’s attacking headache
Although a penalties victory against Tottenham back in March may have booked Norwich a spot in the quarter-finals of this year’s EFL Cup, the Canneries were in the midst of another dreadful Premier League run.
Last seen getting hit with a 1-0 defeat against surprise package Sheffield United, Head Coach Daniel Farke finds his side freefalling towards an immediate Championship return.
Marking their return sat six points adrift of safety and still to face the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Arsenal, there is no doubt that their German boss will have a growing headache over his side’s continued issues in the final third.
Despite playmaker Todd Cantwell receiving a string of plaudits prior to the break, the East Anglia outfit had drawn a blank in four of their last five Premier League appearances.
With no top-flight side scoring fewer than Norwich’s 25 goals this season, it should also be noted that leading marksman Teemu Pukki had failed to find the net in each of his last six consecutive matchups across all competitions.
Friday’s hosts can be found priced at 12/5 with Betfair to draw another blank at Carrow Road on their return to action this week.
Ings to lead the charge?
Although back-to-back defeats against West Ham and Newcastle may have seen Southampton enduring another worrying run prior to the break, they do have one leading marksman who has continued to shine this season.
Linked with a potential call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad, Danny Ings has cemented his spot as Ralph Hasenhüttl’s MVP after making a permanent switch from Anfield.
With 15 Premier League goals this season and 18 across all formats since opening the 2019/2020 campaign, the 27-year-old sits only behind the quartet of Jamie Vardy, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mohamed Salah, and Sergio Aguero in the overall charts.
Also finding the net in Southampton’s 2-1 win against Norwich earlier in the season, Ings can be found priced at 1/1 with William Hill to mark his return with a strike at Carrow Road on Friday night.
Elsewhere, after being sent off in their 1-0 defeat against Newcastle prior to the break, Moussa Djenepo will begin his three-match suspension this week.
Djenepo will also be joined on the sidelines by former Norwich starlet Nathan Redmond who has failed to overcome his own injury issue over the enforced break.