Striker Fabio Borini could return after three months on the sidelines. Image courtesy of football365.com
Norwich City’s season has been dominated by three patches of good and bad form. The Canaries started their campaign by going seven matches without a win, then had a ten-match unbeaten streak, before a not-so merry Christmas with four losses on the trot. Chris Hughton’s team finally broke that run with a scoreless draw against Newcastle United last weekend, but where the streak goes from here will depend upon their match against Liverpool on Sunday morning (AEDT).
The Reds almost snatched a point against great rival Manchester United last start when Daniel Sturridge missed a golden opportunity late in the game. The new striker has already shown his undoubted potential, though, scoring Liverpool’s only goal against United after he found the back of the net in his debut in the FA Cup against Mansfield. Fellow front man Luis Suarez has a phenomenal record against Norwich having collected hat-tricks the last two times the teams have met; a 5-2 drubbing earlier this season and a 3-0 win at Carrow Road at the end of the 2011-12 campaign.
Since falling at home to lowly Aston Villa in mid-December, Liverpool has thumped Fulham 4-0 and Sunderland 3-0 to move in to the Premier League’s top ten. Brendan Rogers has almost a full complement of players to choose from, with only Jose Enrique (hamstring) and long-term absentee Martin Kelly (knee) unavailable for selection. Italian striker Fabio Borini could make a return after three months out following foot surgery.
The same can’t be said for Hughton who has a few injury worries to deal with. Steve Morison is still at least a week away with a leg injury, while ‘keeper John Ruddy remains on the sidelines with a serious thigh problem. It doesn’t auger well for a team which has won just once away from home this season. The Canaries have been unlucky of late with all four recent defeats by a margin of just one goal and all were against teams above them on the table; Manchester City, Chelsea, West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United.
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