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Saturday, 09 March 2013

Norwich City v Southampton: Can the Saints march out of Carrow Road as winners?


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Just three years ago Norwich City entertained Southampton in League One. Today they meet in the Premier League indicating just how far both sides have come in a short space of time, but can the Saints - who sit just three points off the drop zone - beat the Canaries and ease their relegation woes?

Statistically they can. They are unbeaten against Chris Hughton's side in their six previous meetings. Unfortunately, four of them - including this season's clash at St Mary's - have all ended in a draw. A point away from home is a decent result, but Pochettino has only picked up five so far from a possible 18 and those below him keep on picking up unexpected points here and there.

The Saints missed out on a golden opportunity last weekend as they went down 2-1 at home to QPR and they will be looking to avoid losing three in a row for the first time since November.

Norwich City came away from Old Trafford last weekend with nothing to show for their efforts, but they haven't lost at home in the league in 2013. A passionate crowd at Carrow Road will be looking to secure all three points and move on to 35, which could see them climb to 10th.

Southampton are the top flight's joint fifth top scorers away from home - alongside the champions Man City - but they also have the worst defence. So this game should produce a few goals, but who will come out on top? Our pundits have their say.

Norwich City v Southampton; Kick Off 3pm March 10 2013

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

1

V

1

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

2

V

1

Chelsea

Apoorva Ankur

TBA

V

TBA

Everton

Chris Goodwin

2

V

1

Fulham

Neil Springate

2

V

2

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

2

V

1

Man City

Callum Rothwell

2

V

2

Man United

Peter Johnstone

TBA

V

TBA

Newcastle

Greg Hall

1

V

1

Norwich

Sue Read

4

V

3

QPR

John Jaycock

2

V

1

Reading

Jon Keen

0

V

0

Southampton

Andy Saunders

2

V

4

Stoke City

Peter Holland

1

V

2

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

2

V

2

Swansea

Jim Barry

1

V

2

Spurs

Adam Crawford

TBA    

V

TBA

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

1

V

2

West Ham

Matt Beeby

3

V

1

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

1

V

1

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

2

V

1

Writer

Steve Coulter

1

V

2

Writer

Hugh Larkin

1

V

1

Writer

Mitch Waddon

2

V

2

Writer

Chris Pettitt

2

V

1

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

1

V    

3

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

2

V

1

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

1

V

1

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

0

V

1

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

2

V

1

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

1

V

1

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

2

V

1

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

1

V

1

Editor

Antony Melvin

1

V

1

Panel Verdict

Norwich are backed to get something out of this game.

Home: 11; Draw: 13; Away: 7. TBA 3.

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