Norwich will be aiming to get back to winning ways on Saturday afternoon as they host Birmingham City at Carrow Road in a game which kicks off at 3:00.
After a mixed start to their season, Norwich City are currently positioned just outside of the playoff places in 8th place, having amassed 13 points from their opening eight league outings. This comes following four wins, one draw and three defeats.
David Wagner’s side began their campaign in impressive form, recording impressive victories over the likes of Hull, Millwall and Huddersfield, however the Canaries have seen a significant drop in performances and results in the past weeks.
Norwich were comfortably beaten at home by the title favourites Leicester City before suffering a humiliating 6-2 defeat against their local rivals Plymouth Argyle. After a first half capitulation, the Canaries found themselves 4-0 down at the break and were unable to substantially overturn the deficit in the second period.
The Canaries featured in midweek EFL Cup action as they were narrowly knocked out of the cup by Premier League Fulham. Norwich looked second-best the whole evening, only having 30% of the game’s possession and were condemned to defeat due to goals from Carlos Vinicius and Alex Iwobi. The game finished 2-1 as Borja Sainz scored a conciliation near the end of the tie.
David Wagner and his side will be hoping that his side can put the three consecutive losses behind them this weekend as they take on a Birmingham City side who are without a win in their last five competitive outings.
Birmingham currently find themselves in 10th place in the Championship table on 12 points. This comes following three victories, three draws and two defeats from their opening eight league outings.
John Eustace’s side are still without a win in September after their impressive start to the Championship season. The Blues have only gained two points out of their last 12 on offer and were held to a draw against Queen’s Park Rangers on Friday night.
It is Norwich who have dominated this fixture’s recent history and they are undefeated in their last ten competitive meetings, with the canaries winning nine of these encounters. This game is often a high scoring affair, with both teams scoring in six of the last seven meetings of these sides.
Norwich cruised to a 3-1 victory the last time that these sides met in last year’s edition of the Championship. A brace from Marcelino nunez and a second half goal from Christos Tzolis ensured that the Canaries continued their unbeaten run against the Blues.
Unsurprisingly, given the Canaries recent domination of this fixture, they are currently odds on favourites to win the game @ 10/11, whilst an away win for Birmingham is priced @ 3/1 and a draw is @ 5/2.
We are backing Norwich to win and BTTS due to their remarkable home form against the Blues. The Canaries have not been defeated at home to Birmingham since 2002. We expect that both teams are likely to score given Norwich’s poor defensive form so far this campaign.