Southampton v Norwich City Preview

Southampton v Norwich City Preview

Norwich City gave everything against Arsenal on Sunday and were unlucky not to have gained all three points. The City fans were magnificent in getting behind the team for the final push in the dying moments of the game.

The Gunners, as have been their problem for some time, is that whilst their attack of skill and pace and are a formidable force, their defence is weak. I guess that Teemu Pukki, with the exception of the Newcastle United game, had his easiest game of the season in terms of finding space to work and not being double marked.

The last 10 minutes produced three great chances for the Canaries to score as the play stretched. It has to said that Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang is genuinely world-class. His classy pace and skills were there for all to see.

It was good to see Ibrahim Amadou in his favoured position. His work-rate was incredible. He broke the game up, made last-ditch tackles, joined attacks into the opposition box and got a couple of shots off.

VAR... the twice taken penalty... the push on Zimmerman. The luck was not with us or are we suffering from an uneven playing field. I will let you be the judge. My call is that we not getting a fair rub of the green.

Every game is crucial with 24 matches still to play for. The is a real need to avoid a gap opening up and drive towards occupying mid-table. Momentum is vital and therefore a three-match unbeaten run would boost confidence. It must be noted that Southampton also pulled a 2-2 draw with Arsenal recently although this was achieved at the Emirates.

Southampton are relegation candidates. Managerial changes, an 18th placed finish last season and equalling Ipswich Town’s record Premier League defeat at home to Leicester with a 9-0 defeat indicates they are not in a good place right now.

My fourth favourite all-time City player that I have witnessed after Duncan Forbes, Martin Peters and Kevin Keelan is Mick Channon. Like Peters, Mick exuded sheer class and was a worthy top-flight international footballer. A legend at Southampton, he was a joy to watch in City colours. The best player I have seen in shielding the ball enabling him to take the pressure off the defence whilst playing in his teammates. He was a key player in City lifting the League Cup in 1985.

Before my time Ron Davis was an out and out prolific goal scorer who played for both clubs. A great finisher who possessed the ability to hang in the air at the far post for many of his goals.

The last Norwich win at Southampton was a 2008 Championship encounter with Ched Evans scoring in a 1-0 victory. In the Premier League, we have to go back to 1994 when Chris Sutton scored to achieve the same result.

Our last victory was another 1-0. This time at home with Alex Tettey doing the damage.

Other than any potential injuries, I expect the same line up on Wednesday and expect Norwich City to pull off a 2-1 away victory.

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