Norwich City vs Southampton Prediction, Tips and Match Preview of the English Premier League clash on 19 June 2020, Friday. Kick-off 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET at the Carrow Road.
Big game for Norwich City on Friday with Premier League survival the top priority as they welcome Southampton to kick start the bid in the first game after covid-19 lockdown.
The Canaries sit at the foot of the table with 21 points, 6 below the safe zone. It requires a massive effort to prevent them from going back down to Championship within 12 months of earning promotion.
Though they manage to improve the performances at home turf lately, unbeaten in 4 of the last 5 with 2 wins and stalemates apiece. And the last game played at the Carrow Road was a massive morale boosting 1-0 win against third placed Leicester City.
Southampton, another of the many teams that started the season with high expectations yet failed miserably. Prior to lockdown, they lost four in five and quickly drawn back to relegation battle. With 34 points, they are 14th in the table, a 7-point drift from the danger zone.
Ralph Hasenhuttl is no stranger to relegation battle and the Saints spend majority of this season near the foot of the table and it was a 11-match spell November and January that pushed them high up the ladder. Seven wins came during this period along with a draw.
Norwich City vs Southampton Head-to-head
The corresponding reverse fixture saw Southampton winning 2-1 at the St. Mary’s Stadium. Danny Ings opened the scoring for the Saints in the 22nd minute while Ryan Bertrand stretched the lead just before half time whistle, the deficit was later reduced in the second half by a Teemu Pukki strike.
The Saints now won 4 of the last 6 meetings with Norwich City, but all those four fixtures were played at their own backyard.
Norwich at home are unbeaten in the last 4 against the Saints, also lost just 3 of the 16 against this opponent, 8 wins and 5 draws to go with it.
Both teams scored in just 1 of the last 5 h2h meetings between the two sides at this stadium across all competitions. This happened to be their most recent tussle here back in the FA Cup 2017 tie (2-2 FT). Also, those four games registered less than 3 goals in total.
Norwich City vs Southampton Prediction
As mentioned at the start, this is a big game for both teams and expect some sparks to fly at the empty Carrow Road this Friday.
Form-wise, neither team managed to convince us that they have what it takes to push for a win, the downside is their similar playing style of high pressure football pressing high up the pitch which often leaves huge gaps to exploit on the wings.
Therefore, goals are guaranteed in this English Premier League relegation six-pointer and I will go both teams to score as the best bet while taking over 2.5 goals full-time as the second option.
I am aware that most of their recent h2h games at this stadium are low scoring affairs, but that is going to change on Friday.
Now the solid stat to back up my analysis result, Norwich scored in 86% of their home matches, while Southampton did find the net in as many away games this season. Meantime, both teams scored in 72% of the Premier League games at this ground.
So, get set for a thriller at Carrow Road this Friday.
And keep an eye on both Danny Ings and Teemu Puuki who scored 15 and 11 EPL goals for their respective teams in the 2019/20 campaign.
Norwich City vs Southampton Bet Tips
Both teams to Score in the match @ 5/8 (1.63)
Over 2.5 goals @ 5/6 (1.83).