Norwich City vs Burnley Preview, Betting Tips and Odds

Norwich City vs Burnley Phoenix Preview, Betting Tips and Odds

Norwich City vs Burnley predictions for Saturday’s Premier League clash at Carrow Road.

Norwich City down but not out
Norwich City’s Premier League dream is over, though the Canaries showed in their narrow loss at Chelsea in mid-week that playing for pride alone can still inspire strong performances.

Relegated City showed plenty of grit and commitment in their slender 1-0 reverse at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening, and Daniel Farke will undoubtedly have been pleased about the defensive shift his players put in.

The eventual loss, however, was Norwich’s eighth Premier League defeat on the spin, while it was also the sixth time in seven assignments since the restart where the alarmingly toothless Canaries failed to score.

Clarets late show
Burnley snatched a point in mid-week in controversial circumstances in their mid-week outing against Wolves, netting an injury-time penalty kick equalizer after Wanderers’ defender Matt Doherty was penalised for handball.

Striker Chris Wood dispatched the resulting penalty high into Rui Patricio’s top left-hand corner to tie the scores at 1-1 with virtually the last kick of the game, pushing Burnley’s unbeaten run to six games in the process.

That useful point earned at Turf Moor kept Burnley in 10th spot, though Sean Dyche will be pushing for a higher finish before the campaign ends in 10 days. Burnley last tasted defeat in Lancashire on Jan 1 earlier this year, and the Clarets form since then has been remarkable given the number of injuries they’ve had to contend with.

Few goals anticipated
True to reputation, Burnley’s superb recent results have been built on solid defensive foundations, and the Clarets conceded one or fewer goals in eight of their last nine Premier League fixtures, with their 5-0 aberration at Manchester City the only anomalous blip during an extended sequence of high performance at the back.

In the final third, Burnley’s goal-scoring return has been incredibly modest however, with one or fewer goals notched in 100% of those same nine top-flight encounters. It won’t surprise you to learn then, that under 2.5 goals were registered in eight of those nine contests – and we expect the Clarets’ latest test at a blunt Norwich outfit to be similarly low on excitement.

Norwich City has found it next to impossible to score goals since the resumption of play last month, and the Championship bound Canaries drew a blank in all but one of their seven league fixtures during that period.

First choice centre-forward Teemu Pukki hasn’t scored a Premier League goal since January 22, Todd Cantwell’s last league goal came on the 1st day of the same month, while key creative force Emiliano Buendia has scored just once in the top-flight all season long.

We don’t fancy the Canaries to discover their goal-scoring touch against the notoriously tough to breach Burnley backline, and that in turn makes the under 2.5 goals market excellent value at the prices quoted, while our correct score prediction forecasts a slim 1-0 away win.

Norwich will be desperate to end their Premier League season with a flourish, but with eight defeats on the trot, they lack the confidence and quality to end their Carrow Road campaign in a positive manner. Burnley won two of their last three away matches 1-0 and have the tools to repeat the trick in East Anglia.

Key Battle: Ben Godfrey vs Jay Rodriguez
Promising defender Ben Godfrey will hope to be snapped up by another Premier League club before next season commences, and the 22-year-old has another chance to impress his suitors against Burnley on Saturday.

Godfrey should face a stern test against the battle-hardened physical presence of Clarets centre forward Jay Rodriguez however, who has found good form with three goals in his last five Premier League run-outs.

Interestingly, Rodriguez has already scored goals for Burnley against Norwich before, though his strikes came way back in 2011 and 2012 in Championship and FA Cup fixtures against the Canaries.

Norwich City vs Burnley team news
Sam Byram, Grant Hanley, Christophe Zimmermann and Moritz Leitner are all still ruled out for Norwich, and with little left to play for, Daniel Farke could hand minutes to some of the Canaries’ lesser-used squad players this weekend.

Norwich City predicted line-up: Krul – Aarons, Klose, Godfrey, Lewis – Tettey, McLean – Cantwell, Stiepermann, Hernandez – Pukki

Sean Dyche will still be without Jack Cork, Ashley Barnes, Ben Gibson, Ben Mee and Matthew Lowton for Saturday’s game, though Charlie Taylor and Jay Rodriguez will both hope to be fit enough to feature.

Johann Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady could come into the Clarets’ midfield, while Matej Vydra will be targeting minutes upfront.

Burnley predicted line-up: Pope – Bardsley, Long, Tarkowski, Pieters – Gudmundsson, Westwood, Brady, McNeil – Rodriguez, Wood
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