Jan 11, 2014, 9:25 AM EDT
Everton could pull themselves back into the top four with a win at Goodison Park, and there’s little to suggest that Norwich will do much to make a home victory difficult (10 am ET; watch live online via NBC Sports Live Extra).
Norwich are winless in their last five games, and are one of the worst sides in the Premier League when it comes to scoring. The numbers worsen when examining the Canaries’ away record, as they’ve scored just seven times on the road, while conceding 22. Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City have all put four or more goals past Norwich.
Everton are unlikely to inflict such a harsh punishment, but the Toffees’ freeflowing style will likely easily cut through the Norwich defense. The hosts have lost just once in their last thirteen matches (to Sunderland, of all sides) and, in fact, have the least number of losses in the league, with just two. But Everton do enjoy a draw, so if Norwich are looking to get anything out of this one, they should likely keep their eyes on a point.
The visitors hope to be buoyed by the return of Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who starts his first Premier League match since October 6. The Canaries are hoping he’ll score for the first time since August when he put one in against Everton.
Roberto Martinez has made six changes to his side that beat QPR in the FA Cup, shifting back to a formation more closely resembling that of the side that drew Stoke in their last Premier League match. Leighton Baines, who converted a penalty to equalize at the last minute, is able to start despite worry he’d be out with injury, while Romelu Lukaku is, of course, taking his spot up top.
Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Stones, Baines, McCarthy, Barry, Mirallas, Osman, Pienaar, Lukaku
Subs: Robles, Hibbert, Heitinga, Oviedo, Naismith, Gueye, Vellios
Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Ryan Bennett, Bassong, Olsson, Snodgrass, Fer, Johnson, Garrido, Hooper, van Wolfswinkel
Subs: Martin, Bunn, Hoolahan, Elmander, Redmond, Fox, Josh Murphy
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