Preview - Norwich City vs AFC Bournemouth 18 January 20

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Match Day 23
Norwich City vs. AFC Bournemouth
Saturday, January 18th 2020
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Carrow Road

Norwich City:
Last five matches form: L L D D L
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 2.05
Top Scorer: Teemu Pukki (9)

AFC Bournemouth:
Last five matches form: L D L L L
Average goals per match: 0.91
Average goals against per match: 1.59
Top Scorer: Harry Wilson (6)

There may still be 16 games to go in this years Premier League season, but this game surely represents the moment when Norwich City must get something going if they are to launch what is looking an increasingly unlikely bid to escape relegation. This week's visitors to Carrow Road? Second bottom, and bang out of form, AFC Bournemouth.

There was nothing to split the sides in the reverse of this fixture, with the game at the Vitality Stadium ending in a goalless draw. The most recent clash here came in the 2015-16 Premier League season - Norwich running out 3-1 winners on that occasion.

Tim Klose and Josip Drmic are the only expected absentees for the home side at this stage. Bournemouth certainly aren't being helped by their injury situation; Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld, Junior Stanislas, David Brooks, Chris Mepham, Charlie Daniels, Jack Stacey and Joshua King are all expected to be out for this one.

Six points adrift at the foot of the table, Norwich are now without a win in nine in the Premier League. They have at least picked up a point in their two most recent games at home though - against Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace. Having conceded two or more in nine of eleven here, it's clear to all where their problems lie.

With just the one win in their past eleven, Bournemouth aren't faring too well themselves and are now looking in real trouble. They have won three of eleven on the road, but have lost each of their last two, conceding six without reply.

Anything could happen here. Bournemouth are capable of a decent performance - witness their win at Chelsea - but they have been few and far between of late, and that injury list remains very concerning. Home win.

Prediction: Norwich City 3 - 1 AFC Bournemouth


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots: 16 - 6
Shots on target: 5 - 3
Corner Kicks: 4 - 5
Possession: 66% - 34%

Two bookings for each side in this one, with referee Paul Tierney taking the names of Emiliano Buendia and Tim Krul of Norwich City and Callum Wilson and Adam Smith of Bournemouth. One red card apiece too, with Steve Cook of Bournemouth being dismissed in the 31st minute, and Ben Godfrey of Norwich receiving his marching orders 14-minutes from time.

Norwich were making most of the early running in this one. Emilian Buendia getting on the end of an excellent Max Aarons cross from the right, but only being able to direct his header wide of the target.

Then came what would ultimately prove to be the games defining moment. Teemu Pukki played in but Aaron Ramsdale getting out to block. Ondrej Duda's follow up effort then producing an excellent one-handed save………from defender Steve Cook. Off he went, penalty kick. Pukki stepping up to finish high and straight down the middle. 1-0 after 33-minutes, and that's the way it stayed until the break.

Pukki should then have doubled both his and his sides advantage when played clean through, but was only able to fire a low effort straight at the keeper.

Then came the sending off of Gofrey for a potentially ankle breaking tackle. Late rather than malicious, but dangerous all the same. Thankfully Callum Wilson was able to carry on.

Bournemouth may have levelled matters up in terms of players on the pitch, but never really looked like doing so on the scoresheet as their struggles continue. 1-0 final score.

A must win game for Norwich and they won it. The Canaries do remain rock bottom, but cut the gap to safety to six points. Bournemouth continue to sink. Still second bottom they are now three points off survival.

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