It is the turn of the FA Cup to take centre-stage this weekend with in-form Manchester United travelling to struggling Norwich in Saturday’s soccer game of the day.
It has been a season to forget for Daniel Farke’s side who suffered another defeat in the Premier League on Wednesday evening and their hopes of survival at the top table look over now with the Canaries propping up the table and six points behind second-bottom team Aston Villa.
Manchester United meanwhile have been in excellent form either side of the restart and took their unbeaten run to 13 games with a 3-0 home win over Sheffield United at Old Trafford. The visitors could make it a tough evening for the Carrow Road side who have done well to make it this far in the Cup given their awful form in the Premier League.
CUP CHEER FOR STRUGGLING HOME SIDE?
With relegation safety all but out of reach for the home side and with only their FA Cup run to play for, Daniel Farke’s men will know they are only two matches away from a Wembley Final appearance which would certainly soften the blow of a swift return to the English Championship.
A surprise win over Tottenham to make into the last eight proves the Carrow Road side aren’t to be estimated in the FA Cup and in a one-off game anything can happen. A win over high-flying United could be the spark they need to galvanise a late push for safety where they still have to play three of the current bottom six teams in the Premier League.
FLYING UNITED LOOKING SOLID
Ole Gunnar Solkjaer’s side has ridden a wave of poor form in the first half of the season to look a transformed side in 2020 and the Red Devils are on a 13 game unbeaten run. They warmed up for a visit to Carrow Road by thumping Sheffied United 3-0 with a Anthony Martial hat-trick and the visitors will be confident of carrying on their run when they head to Norfolk and their Norwich clash.
The visitors already have the upper hand on the home side in their clashes this term, winning 3-1 at Carrow Road and then easing to a 4-0 win over the Canaries at Old Trafford and with the United attack in solid form it might spell trouble for Norwich’s beleagured defense which has been shipping goals at an alarming rate.
GOALS GOALS GOALS
Norwich have kept visiting sides to less than two goals in only five of the last 15 games at Carrow Road and only fellow strugglers Aston Villa have conceded more goals overall in the English Premier League; while their front-line has struggled to hit the net with only 25 goals scored in the campaign, less than one per game.
The home side has failed to score in three of their last six home games, including the latest two and have won just six of their last 20 home matches.
In contrast, Manchester United have won ten of their last 20 matches on the road, including two of their last three which has yielded nine goals with only one conceded. Their last 20 matches away from home has seen the Red Devils rack up 34 goals with 18 conceded and they have failed to find the net in only five of those last 20 matches while they have a habit of scoring in Cup games with goals in their last nine away Cup matches.
Norwich has done the bulk of their scoring at home, notching two or more goals in nine of their last 20 home matches; while United have conceded two or more goals in just five of 20 matches on teh road. In Cup matches, the visitors have tended to find scoring more difficult with one goal or less featuring in eleven of their last 20 games.
UNITED HAVE FIXTURE BRAGGING RIGHTS
The visitors have a dominant record over the home team, with 15 wins from their last 20 meetings overall, scoring 40 goals and losing only 11. Home side Norwich meanwhile have won just three of the remaining five fixtures and last beat the visitors in 2015 when springing a 2-1 Old Trafford surprise.
Struggling Norwich are finding things tough at both ends of the pitch but the home side are expected to put up a plucky fight against the in-form visitors. However Ole Gunnar Solkjaer’s side are likely to hold too many guns the hosts and even with a rotated squad in order to keep some of his stars fresh for a Champions League push and it would be a surprise if they weren’t to come away from Carrow Road with a semi-final place.
With 13 goals scored and just 3 conceded in their last six away matches and taking on a Norwich side which has scored three goals and conceded double that amount over the same period then I expect the visitors to prove too strong here and progress to the next round with a comfortable win.
Bet 1: Manchester United to win, over two goals in the match, both teams to score NO @ +450 (Bet365)
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