Norwich City closes Friday night the 28th game of the Premier League with a home game against Leicester City. The visitors collected 32 points more than Norwich City, but are already waiting four games in a row for a win.
The chance is growing by the week that Norwich City will return to the Championship after one season of Premier League. The Canaries became champion last season with five points ahead of Sheffield United on the second level of England, but at the highest level Norwich City has little to look for. Manager Daniel Farke is in 20th place with Norwich in the Premier League and The Canaries are already seven points behind the safe zone. In short: it will be a difficult story for Norwich City to maintain itself.
Against Leicester City there is probably little to get for The Canaries. Certainly when you consider that last weekend Norwich City lost 3-0 without a chance to visit Wolverhampton Wanderers, which on paper has less quality than the opponent of next Friday. With Leicester City at home and Sheffield United out, tough games are scheduled for Norwich City in the Premier League for the next eight days. In addition, The Canaries also play the game at Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday evening. So it is certainly not inconceivable that the Farke team will lose all three games and that does not logically benefit Norwich City players’ confidence.
Leicester City is the big favorite for the Norwich City duel and it’s up to The Foxes to make it happen. At Leicester City they can use a good result again, because The Foxes did not leave the field in any of the last four games. Three of those four games were in Premier League duels, but the results did not have much influence on the ranking. Leicester City is still in third place and with a six point lead over Chelsea, The Foxes Champions League qualifiers are still in their own hands.
Last Saturday, Leicester City played the home match against Manchester City, the number two in the Premier League, at King Power Stadium. Both teams had plenty of chances at the King Power Stadium – Manchester City even missed a penalty after more than an hour of football – only they didn’t score until the final phase of the game. Ultimately, it was Man City’s Gabriel Jesus who was the only one who managed to put his name on the scoreboard, which meant that Leicester City lost 0-1 to their competitors at home. In the first half of the season, The Foxes played 1-1 draws against Norwich City in its own stadium, but on Carrow Road, Leicester City normally has to take the three points on Friday night. With Nampalys Mendy, Wilfred Ndidi and Daniel Amartey, Rodgers has to miss three midfielders against Norwich City, with Ndidi in particular being very important for Leicester City’s game. Nevertheless, the attack by The Foxes is normally of sufficient quality to make a difference on Carrow Road on Friday evening.