Norwich City v Southampton Preview: A must-win for the Canaries?

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Southampton will look to continue their good start to the season as they travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich

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Odds: Norwich 21/10, Draw 12/5, Southampton 8/5

Southampton have made the better start to the season and have scored both of their league goals late to change the course of the game, and have opened up with four points from two games as a result.

Norwich, however will look to bounce back from their disappointing defeat at Hull City, following their opening day 2-2 draw with Everton.

There are a couple of question marks on the injury front with Southampton keeping an eye on Luke Shaw and Morgan Schneiderlin’s fitness, whist Gary Hooper and Anthony Pilkington could be considered by Norwich manager Chris Hughton.

Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino has said he has been very pleased with his side’s endurance levels by scoring late goals, and both sides have managed to score freely in their respective midweek League Cup clashes.

As a result this game may not be decided to the closing stages but expect a lot of creativity on show with both sides a fan of getting the ball on the ground and playing with a degree of style.

The obvious threat for Southampton will come from Rickie Lambert though there is plenty of pace and movement around him to share the workload, whereas Johan Elmander will be full of confidence following his brace in the Canaries 6-3 win over Bury in the League Cup, and could be in line for a start on Saturday.

Southampton are fancied by many to get a win at Carrow Road and continue their good start to the season but this could easily go the other way.

Last time they met

Norwich 0-0 Southampton - Premier League March 2013

What looked as if it was going to be a very a low-key, drab goalless draw sprang into life in stoppage time when Luke Shaw tripped Grant Holt. Referee Mark Clattenburg thought it was inside the area to the fury of Southampton. Holt stepped up only to see his spot-kick saved by Saints keeper Artur Boruc to give them a crucial point, resulting in them being four points clear of the drop zone, and the Canaries a further nine up the road.

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