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Saturday, 20 April 2013

Norwich City v Reading: Can the Canaries bounce back from their Arsenal hell?


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For 84 minutes last Saturday, Chris Hughton and Norwich City were on course to record a memorable victory at Arsenal. Six minutes later they were left stunned and furious after losing the game 3-1. Today they take on a Reading side that all but down, but can the Canaries send the Royals packing and move a step closer to safety?

Norwich City will have been stung by the final five minutes at the Emirates and that could have two effects on the Canaries today. They will either use that experience to go all out for the win today or they could get caught up in self pity and allow Reading to take full advantage. Chris Hughton though is an experienced guy and I'm sure he will take that negative and turn it to a positive.

At home the Canaries are always worthy of a point or three. They are the only team outside of the top six to have lost just three games at home and have conceded the same number of goals at home as the champions elect Manchester United. However, they are also the fourth lowest scorers at home in the division behind QPR, Sunderland and Aston Villa. 

Reading have just five games left to save themselves from a swift return to the Championship, but most Royals will have given up hope of staying up a long time ago. Their away record is particularly poor. They have managed just five points from a possible 48 this season, scored just 13 on their travels and conceded 32. They have lost seven of their past eight outings and only the brilliance of McCarthy in goal prevented it from being eight last weekend at home to Liverpool.

The Royals though do have the edge over Norwich in head-to-head league meetings. They have won 25 compared to Norwich's 23. Could there still be life in the old corpse left or will Norwich move three points closer to safety? Both sides will view this as winnable, but who will come out on top? Our pundits have their say.

Norwich City v Reading; Kick Off 3pm April 20 2013

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

2

V

1

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

2

V

0

Chelsea

Apoorva Ankur

2

V

1

Everton

Chris Goodwin

1

V

0

Fulham

Neil Springate

1

V

2

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

2

V

1

Man City

Callum Rothwell

1

V

1

Man United

Peter Johnstone

2

V

2

Newcastle

Greg Hall

1

V

1

Norwich

Sue Read

3

V

1

QPR

John Jaycock

2

V

0

Reading

Jon Keen

1

V

1

Southampton

Andy Saunders

3

V

1

Stoke City

Peter Holland

1

V

3

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

2

V

1

Swansea

Jim Barry

2

V

2

Spurs

Adam Crawford

2

V

2

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

1

V

0

West Ham

Matt Beeby

2

V

0

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

0

V

0

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

2

V

1

Writer

Steve Coulter

1

V

1

Writer

Hugh Larkin

1

V

1

Writer

Mitch Waddon

1

V

0

Writer

Chris Pettitt

2

V

1

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

TBA

V    

TBA

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

TBA

V

TBA

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

2

V

1

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

0

V

0

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

2

V

1

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

1

V

0

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

2

V

1

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

2

V

0

Editor

Antony Melvin

2

V

1

Panel Verdict

Home win.

Home: 20; Draw: 10; Away: 2. TBA 2.

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