- Norwich were beaten in four of their last five Premier League matches.
- Everton lost just three of their last 15 Premier League fixtures
- Everton conceded in 14 of their 15 Premier League away games this season.
- Norwich have conceded an average of 1.93 goals per home game this term.
Norwich limp out of the blocks
If the Canaries’ performance in their first game after the restart was anything to go by, then Norwich look destined to limp out of the Premier League and back to the Championship with a whimper this summer.
City looked completely devoid of energy, enthusiasm and quality when they were soundly beaten 3-0 at home to Southampton on Friday evening – a defeat that was their fourth loss to nil inside five Premier League assignments.
The six-point gap between bottom club Norwich and 17th placed safety remains far from unconquerable, but having won only two of their last 17 top flight fixtures overall since mid-November, the East Anglians require a minor miracle to gather the wins they need to stay up.
Everton’s performance of promise
Everton meanwhile, showed plenty of spirit and flashes of quality in their impressive 0-0 draw at home to champions elect in Sunday’s Merseyside Derby – a result that should prolong their local rival’s wait for Premier League title glory.
The Toffees, who were robust in defence and supremely well organised, might have snatched three points had they been more clinical with a series of excellent second-half chances.
While the draw was a more than satisfactory outcome from a tough encounter, Everton’s search for a league win was extended to four games, though a tricky run against Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool was always likely to yield little.
Before that nightmare quartet of matches, Everton had lost just once in 11 however, and had made notable improvements under the instruction of experienced Italian boss Carlo Ancelotti.
Everton worth backing
The Toffees have a huge opportunity to rediscover the winning touch against Norwich City on Wednesday however.
Having lost four of their last five and failed to score in five of their last six Premier League games overall, Daniel Farke’s side are as low on confidence as they have been all season – and after their derby heroics, Everton look primed to take advantage.
The Canaries had built a measure of momentum in the lead up to the hiatus with one defeat in five at Carrow Road pointing towards an improving trend, though their display against the Saints after the three-month layoff suggests that all of their pre-postponement propulsion has been lost.
With that considered, Everton look excellent value to win in the match result market this week, though our correct score prediction of 2-1 tips Norwich to notch a consolation.
The Merseysiders conceded at least once in 14 of their 15 Premier League away matches since August, which suggests another clean sheet at Norwich is beyond them. The Canaries are conceding just shy of 2.0 goals per 90 minutes at home this term however, and having hit exactly two goals in five of their last 11 assignments on the road, we think Everton can notch two more here.
Key Battle – Tim Klose vs Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Tim Klose returned from a lengthy spell on the sidelines for Norwich last week, and the German defender understandably found the going very tough against Southampton.
On Wednesday, Klose will have to pit his wits against Everton hot-shot Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has the skillset to test his opponent every inch as much as Saints poacher Danny Ings did.
The 23-year-old Everton forward collects almost as many yellow cards as goals in the Premier League, though his hard-tackling, old fashioned striker playing style makes him a massive handful.
Norwich City vs Everton team news
Norwich will be without Grant Hanley, Sam Byram and Christoph Zimmermann for their test against Everton, meaning their back four is unlikely to change much from the unit that performed so poorly against Southampton.
Further up the pitch, Daniel Farke could choose to freshen things up after another toothless display however, with Marco Stiepermann in particular, primed to start.
Norwich City predicted line-up: Krul, Aarons, Klose, Godfrey, Lewis, Tettey, McLean, Bunedia, Stiepermann, Cantwell, Pukki
Carlo Anelotti will be tempted to keep faith with the same team that performed so admirably against Liverpool, though youngster Anthony Gordan could make way for a more experienced player after the 19-year-old struggled on his full league debut.
Everton predicted line-up: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Holgate, Digne, Iwobi, Gomes, Davies, Bernard, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin