Norwich City have turned around an indifferent start to their 2018/19 Sky Bet Championship campaign, a turnaround of some style.
After a particularly humbling 3-0 loss at home to Leeds United, the Canaries have spread their wings in style, going on a run of results that has seen just one loss and two draws in 10 games – the remainder obviously being wins.
They enter tonight’s Carabao Cup tie against Bournemouth on the back of three successive Championship victories. They will be emboldened by their placing in the table, the Norfolk side sitting pretty in 4th place and just two points off the summit.
They are led by the twin goal threats of forwards Teemu Pukki (five goals) and Jordan Rhodes (four goals), the duel threat of Onel Hernandez (two goals/three assists) providing a degree of threat elsewhere in a side that will push Premier League Bournemouth in what promises to be a good game.
As for their Premier League hosts, Norwich will have to beware of a side in their own decent run of form. The Cherries currently sit in 6th place in England’s top-tier competition, just six points, and 17 goals, away from current leaders Manchester City.
Eddie Howe’s side have suffered just two defeats and two draws in their 10 Premier League games so far this season. After a humbling 4-0 battering at the hands of strugglers Burnley, Bournemouth have responded with a run of three wins and a draw, scoring nine and conceding just once.
In this mini-run, Howe’s side have handed out heavy defeats to Watford (4-0) and Fulham (3-0) – underlining their threat in front of goal. Norwich will have to contend with the dual threat of Callum Wilson (five goals/four assists) and Joshua King (four goals/one assist). However, another Cherry that they will need to keep tabs on is Scot Ryan Fraser, whose three goals and five assists will require some diligence.
It is going to be a game that has goals in it, both teams showing in their respective leagues that they carry that threat. In that vein, both sides WILL score, but Bournemouth’s Premier League status should give them the edge in what promises to be an entertaining game. Scorewise, always a difficult thing to predict, but I’m going for a 3-1 Bournemouth victory and progression to the next round.