Plymouth Argyle welcome Norwich City to Home Park this weekend in match week eight of the Championship season. With the two sides on opposite ends of the table, a win will be of utmost importance for their promotion or survival hopes this season.
Plymouth currently sit 18th in the Championship after seven games. With two wins, one draw and four losses, Argyle have seven points to their name, this leaves them four points from the relegation zone.
In their last five games Argyle have one win and four losses. Scott Hogan opened the scoring for Birmingham in the first ten minutes but a goal from Ryan Hardie drew Plymouth level in the 60th minute. However, Jay Stansfield popped up with the winner in the 95th minute for Birmingham as they took a 2 - 1 win. In the Second round of the League Cup Plymouth drew Crystal Palace. Even though Argyle took a 2 - 0 lead thanks to goals from Ben Waine and Luke Cundle, a goal from Odsonne Edouard and a hat-trick from Jean-Philppe Mateta gave Crystal Palace the 4 - 2 win.
The visit from Blackburn Rovers was another goalfest for Argyle. Finn Isaac Azaz, Hardie and Cundle all scored in the 3 - 0 win. Duane Holmes and Liam Millar both scored in the 2 - 1 win for Preston with Hardie’s goal not enough to fully inspire a comeback.
The most recent outing for Plymouth was another loss, this time to Bristol City. Sam Bell, Matty James, Mark Sykes and Harry Cornick all scored in the 4 - 1 win with Adam Randell scoring for Plymouth.
Norwich, on the other hand, sit fifth in the league. With four wins, one draw and two losses, The Canaries have 13 points. Despite being within the Play-off places, it does leave Norwich five points adrift of the automatic promotion places.
In the last five games in all competitions Norwich have three wins and two losses. Josh Sargent, Ashley Barnes, Jonathan Rowe and Adam Idah all scored in the 4 - 0 thrashing of Huddersfield, despite The Terriers having 18 shots. In the Second round of the League Cup Norwich travelled to Bristol City. Przemysław Placheta scored the only goal of the game early in the second half, giving Norwich the 1 - 0 and the spot in the next round.
In a shock loss, Dexter Lembikisa and Jordan Hugill both scored in Rotherham’s 2 - 1 win over Norwich, with Christian Fassnacht on the scoresheet for Norwich. However, The Canaries were back to winning ways against Stoke City. Jack Stacey scored for Norwich just before halftime and with the only goal of the game he helped Norwich to the 1 - 0 win.
In their last game out, Norwich slumped to a 2 - 0 defeat at the hands of Leicester. Kelechi Iheanacho converted a penalty and was joined on the scoresheet by Kasy McAteer.
Plymouth and Norwich have met just 64 times in their histories, despite their first meeting coming all the way back in 1920. The hosts this weekend have the better record in the fixture with 28 wins in comparison to Norwich’s 22 wins. The other 14 games ended in a draw, but the last game between the two ended in a Norwich win back in 2009.