Preview: Norwich City vs Watford – prediction, team news, lineups
Two newly promoted teams enduring a difficult start to their lives at the big time prepare to resume hostilities on Saturday, when Norwich City host Watford at Carrow Road in week five of the 2021-22 Premier League season. Norwich City vs Watford pawastreams, Norwich City vs Watford h2h, Norwich City vs Watford prediction, Norwich City vs Watford channel, Norwich City vs Watford today.
Canarias fell 1-0 to Arsenal last weekend, while Xisco Muñoz’s team fell 2-0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Norwich City vs Watford Match preview
A major summer outlay may have led to some initial optimism within the Carrow Road ranks, with the arrivals of Josh Sargent, Milot Rashica, Billy Gilmour, and Pierre Lees Melou all delivering impressive blows for Daniel Farke’s side following their promotion.
However, Norwich is relearning the relentless nature of the Premier League the hard way and suffered their fourth loss on the rebound last weekend when Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the game’s only goal. in the Emirates.
Having conceded 30 shots to the Gunners, 17 of which were on target, Norwich could and probably should have lost by more on the day, but Arsenal’s lack of ruthlessness kept the score respectable as they remain at the end. from the stack.
Canarias are now the only team in the division that have yet to register a point this season, while Newcastle United (12) is the only team to have sent more goals than Norwich (11) so far, and Teemu Pukki’s penalty against Leicester City represents their only hitting at the right end of the field.
The schedule is no kinder to Norwich before the end of the month, as Farke’s team must face Liverpool in the EFL Cup before taking on top-flight Everton in the league next weekend, and they welcome him to Watford to Carrow Road with the aim of avoiding a 15th consecutive defeat in the Premier League.
Watford has been unable to maintain the momentum of their thrilling opening day win over Aston Villa, with Xisco witnessing his team suffer three straight losses to Brighton & Hove Albion, Tottenham Hotspur, and Wolves without scoring a single goal.
Last time against Molineux’s team, an own goal by Francisco Sierralta broke Watford’s resistance after 74 minutes before Hwang Hee-chan came off the bench to double the Lobos’ lead in the dying embers, as the Hornets’ 11-game winning streak at home in total. the competitions came to a bitter end.
Watford had previously suffered only one defeat at Vicarage Road in 2021 before the Hornets sting lost its potency against the Wolves, and a win from their first four games places them 15th in the table, ahead of Arsenal by the moment.
Muñoz’s team can also look forward to matches with Newcastle United and Leeds United in the coming weeks, two teams that are currently winless in the Premier League season, but travel to Carrow Road after having won just one of his last six away from home.
However, that victory came against Norwich in the April Championship clash, with Dan Gosling scoring the only goal of the game in that, and the Canaries have suffered four straight losses in league action against Watford.
Norwich hopes to welcome Sargent back into the fold following his late return from international service with the US and complaints of hamstring problems, while Dimitrios Giannoulis has recovered from a neck injury.
Przemyslaw Placheta remains a doubt after the COVID-19 infection, while Sam Byram and Christoph Zimmermann remain offside and Bali Mumba recovers from a knee dislocation.
Milot Rashica, Todd Cantwell, and Billy Gilmour hope to win the recall of the first eleven after being benched at the Emirates, while Ozan Kabak hopes to have a defensive shot soon.
There were also doubts about midfielder Lees Melou after the former Nice player contracted a bout of the flu, but he is expected to be fine for the weekend.
Meanwhile, Watford has confirmed that Joao Pedro will not be fit in time for this match, but Ben Foster and Kiko Femenia have a chance of being involved, while Dan Gosling (illness) is uncertain.
Josh King lasted just 53 minutes against Wolves before being hooked by Cucho Hernandez, who will hope to win his first Premier League start to the season here, while Imran Louza and Tom Cleverley will also push for starting spots.
Jeremy Ngakia was hired to try and control Adama Traore’s pace and power against the Wolves, but Craig Cathcart could now return as a right back.
Norwich City possible starting lineup:
Krul; Aarons, Hanley, Omobamidele, Williams; Gilmour, Lees Melou, McLean; Rashica, Pukki, Cantwell
Watford possible starting lineup:
Bachmann; Cathcart, Troost-Ekong, Sierralta, Rose; Louza, Etebo, Sissoko; Sarr, Hernandez, Dennis