The best statistics ahead of Crystal Palace's opening day fixture versus Norwich City

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We bring you the best stats ahead of Norwich City's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.

Norwich will hope to return to the Premier League in perfect fashion on Saturday, as Alex Neil's side attempt to overcome Alan Pardew's ambitious Crystal Palace side.

The 2014/15 play-off winners are back in the top flight after spending just one season in the Championship, while their opponents, who have become a formidable force under Pardew, will be looking for another top-half finish.

Ahead of the weekend's match-up, here are a few of the best Opta stats...

12 - Norwich City are winless in their last 12 opening day matches in league competition (D6 L6). Meanwhile, the Eagles have lost their last four season openers.

1 - The Canaries have scored exactly once in 10 of their last 12 league games against Palace, failing to score in each of the other two.

3 - Palace have only lost two of their last seven visits to Carrow Road, winning three of their last five.

15 - No Championship midfielder scored more goals last term than Bradley Johnson (15) – level with Matt Ritchie and Bakary Sako.

6 - If last season's Premier League had started when Alan Pardew took over at Crystal Palace, the Eagles would have finished sixth.

68 - Norwich won 68% of their regular season league games under Alex Neil last term; they won 42% under Neil Adams before him.

4 - Crystal Palace had the fewest direct free kick attempts in the Premier League last season (13) but scored the joint-most (4, level with Tottenham).

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