May 11, 2014, 9:28 AM EDT
Will Norwich manage to put something like sixteen goals past Arsenal in order to clinch safety at Carrow Road today? (Watch the game at 10am ET on MSNBC or live online via NBC Sports Live Extra)
Let’s remember that the Canaries have scored the fewest number of goals in the Premier League, with 28 from 37 games. Now, in order to reach safety, they must bridge a 17-goal gap with West Brom. So the Baggies can fall by ten goals to Stoke, or Norwich can win by like fifteen while the Albion lose…or we can just all accept that the Canaries will be in the Championship next season.
Arsenal aren’t likely to go easy on the hosts, either. After all, if Chelsea mess up again, the Gunners can slip into third place, and thus skip all that messy Champions League qualifying nonsense. It’d be so much simpler if they get three points and Chelsea lose…but of course Arsenal would also have to score something like nineteen goals to make that happen.
Dull scoreless draw, anyone?
One of Norwich’s most expensive – and disappointing – purchases doesn’t make the squad, with Ricky van Wolfswinkel nowhere to be seen. Johan Elmander leads the line, he of the one goal this season, while Nathan Redmond steps in so we all don’t wonder why he spent the first hour on the bench.
Arsenal have Jack Wilshere on the bench for the first time since March. Arsène Wenger is, however, giving Norwich a chance by starting Łukasz Fabiański in goal.
Norwich City: Ruddy; Martin, R Bennett, Turner, Olsson; Tettey; Snodgrass, Howson, Johnson, Redmond; Elmander
Subs: Bunn, Whittaker, Fer, Hooper, E Bennett, Loza, Josh Murphy
Arsenal: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Sagna, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Rosicky, Ramsey, Ozil, Podolski, Giroud
Subs: Szczesny, Monreal, Wilshere, Kallstrom, Flamini, Diaby, Sanogo
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