Newly-promoted Norwich is set to take on Sunderland in an English Premier League encounter at home at Carrow Road on Sept. 26th. Norwich sits in 13th place in the league table with one win, two losses and two draws for five points after five games. Sunderland is one spot ahead of them with the same record. However, they have a better goal difference.
Norwich won its first game of the season last weekend in Bolton by a score of 2-1 while Sunderland also won their first game with a 4-0 win at Stoke City. Norwich has done well the past couple of years with successive promotions under manager Paul Lambert and will be happy just to stay in the Premier League this season.
While the two clubs have identical records it’s fair to say that Sunderland is struggling so far and Norwich is playing well. But both teams need to start racking up a few more points or at least stay at the same pace if they hope to stay out of the relegation zone this season.
Steve Bruce is going to have to try and stay afloat without his top striker Asamoah Gyan, who was inexplicably loaned out to a club in the United Arab Emirates this season. It was an odd move considering Gyan cost a club record 13 million pounds last season. It’s believed Sunderland received six million pounds alone from the loan deal though. In addition, Gyan likely wasn’t happy with the way Bruce under used him while he was healthy.
The pressure’s on Bruce to start doing something with Sunderland in his third year with the club, while fans will be patient with Lambert at Norwich. Lambert could have defenders Elliot ward and Zak Whitbread back in the lineup for the game after they’ve both recovered from injuries. However, it looks like centre-back Daniel Ayala will miss the match due to a knee injury.
For Sunderland, Scottish goalkeeper Craig Gordon should be back in the squad, but it’s unlikely that he’ll replace Simon Mignolet between the posts. Defender Phil Bardsley will definitely miss the game due to a four-game suspension and defender Marcos Angeleri has a knee injury and will be missing from the team. In addition, midfielder David Meyler is still on the sidelines as is forward Fraizer Campbell.
This could be a close game to call. Sunderland has a better team on paper, but Norwich appears to be in better form at the moment. This could all balance out and a draw seems to be a good bet here.
Sportsbook William Hill has the odds of a Norwich win at 29/20 and a Sunderland win at 19/10. A draw is listed at 9/4.