Kick-off: 1500, 14/03/2020
Stadium: Carrow Road
Norwich are running out of time in their quest for Premier League survival and will view this clash as one they have to win.
Southampton sit seven points clear of the relegation zone after a run of four defeats in five games and are not quite safe yet.
With City’s need to win, that could lend this game to be an open one so 67/100 for there to be over 2.5 goals is our opening Norwich vs Southampton prediction.
That would have paid out in 14 of Norwich’s last 19 home games and seven of Southampton’s previous nine on the road.
A Look At Norwich City’s Betting Odds
After beating Leicester and knocking Tottenham out of the FA Cup on penalties, Norwich suffered a further blow to their Premier League survival hopes with a 1-0 loss at Sheffield United.
Billy Sharp’s first-half header proved decisive while Teemu Pukki was thwarted by the post and Blades keeper Dean Henderson made a sensational late double save to deny the Canaries a point.
Daniel Farke’s side are six points adrift of Watford in 17th with nine games remaining and the German is urging his players to keep going as they bid to pull off “a little miracle”.
He told the club’s website: “We’re all disappointed because it’s a setback in terms of earning the right to stay in this league for next season.
“We will keep our nerves and keep going. When you show a good performance but don’t have that effectiveness, it’s still important to stick together.
“We have to be self-critical and speak about a few things we could have done better. It’s easy to show unity when you win, but I think it’s important to show character when you have a disappointing outcome and to judge a game with a calm and level head.”
Todd Cantwell has earned rave reviews for his performances this season and has been linked with a move to world and European champions Liverpool.
The 22-year-old has netted six times this season, with all five goals at Carrow Road coming in the first half.
Looking at the Norwich vs Southampton odds, we are backing him to score the first goal at 11/2.
Last Norwich line-up: Krul, Aarons, Hanley, Godfrey, Lewis, Tettey, McLean, Buendia, Duda, Cantwell, Pukki.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Southampton have come back down to earth after a resurgence over Christmas, losing five of their last seven games.
It has seen Saints slip to 14th in the Premier League, seven points clear of the relegation zone.
In the 1-0 defeat at home to Newcastle last Saturday, Saints played just over an hour with 10 men after Moussa Djenpro’s red card and were indebted to goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.
He pulled off a number of stunning saves, including from Matt Ritchie’s penalty, before he was finally beaten by Allan Saint-Maximin with 11 minutes left.
McCarthy told the club’s website: “I was thinking we were going to get a point at least, and a clean sheet, so to concede late on was a hard one to take.
“You’re always going to be up against it when you’re down to 10 men, but I thought the lads put in an excellent shift. It’s gutting not to come away with anything.”
Fans may not have to wait long to witness some goals at Carrow Road if both teams’ recent past is anything to go by.
Seven of Norwich’s last nine home league goals have been scored inside 45 minutes with eight of Saints’ previous 11 top-flight goals also arriving before the break.
Let’s take 2/1 for more goals to be scored in the first half to complete our Norwich vs Southampton betting tips.
Last Southampton line-up: McCarthy, Valery, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand, Boufal, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Djenepo, Long, Ings.
Sheff Utd 1-0 NORWICH
SOUTHAMPTON 0-1 Newcastle
Head-to-head: Southampton 2-1 Norwich, Southampton 1-0 Norwich, Norwich 2-2 Southampton
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