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Fulham visit Norwich ~ Ch. preview MD46

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Norwich City host Fulham on Saturday afternoon aiming to return to winning ways ahead of their attempt at earning promotion through the playoffs.

Fulham have little to play for at Carrow Road, but they will want to maintain their recent unbeaten run before heading into the summer break.

Fulham have endured a dismal campaign where relegation once looked like a real possibility, but the Cottagers have showed recently that there might be some light at the end of the tunnel.

Last month, there were calls for Kit Symons to depart the club, but the Welshman has turned things around with a five-match unbeaten run.

After three successive draws, the West London outfit have defeated both Blackpool and Middlesbrough to move into 17th spot - their highest position since the start of February.

The club's supporters expect more from a club of their size, but avoiding defeat in this game would leave them with plenty of optimism ahead of next season.

This contest also represents a final opportunity for Ross McCormack to justify his £11m price tag. The Scot hasn't enjoyed the best of years after his move from Leeds United, but seven goals in six games is a strong return during the final weeks of the campaign

Earlier this month, Norwich had moved themselves into a position where they could be considered favourites for automatic promotion, but failure to win either of their last two games has left them having the settle for a playoff place.

There will be a feeling of disappointment at Carrow Road, but ahead of their final game of the season, they must lift themselves in preparation for the two-legged tie that awaits them.

Their momentum was lost in the 1-0 defeat to Middlesbrough. The Canaries had been heavily fancied to inflict another away defeat on their promotion rivals but the loss saw them lose vital ground on the top-two positions.

After playing against Rotherham United with 10 men for 64 minutes, the East Anglian outfit could count themselves unfortunate to concede a late equaliser, but it was a goal that put paid to their chances of automatic promotion.

At one point this season, Norwich boasted arguably the most potent attack in the division, but they need to rediscover their scoring touch after scoring just eight times in six games.

Manager Alex O'Neil won't be fearful of a playoff meeting with rivals Ipswich Town, but if they do emerge as their opponents, the Scot won't want to go into the tie without a win in three games.


  • Fulham won the earlier meeting this season 1-0 at Craven Cottage in October.

  • Fulham are unbeaten in the last 17 meetings in all competitions, winning 13.

  • Norwich's last win was 2-1 at Carrow Road in the old Division Two in March 1986.

  • Fulham are unbeaten in the last eight meetings at Carrow Road in all competitions, winning five.

  • Norwich City

  • Norwich have lost only one of their last 10 games. Their only defeat since 4 March was 1-0 against Middlesbrough at home on 17 April.

  • Norwich's last three defeats have all come at Carrow Road. They also lost 2-1 against Brentford on 24 January and 1-0 against Wigan on 4 March.

  • Norwich have won 45%, drawn 30% and lost 25% of their last 20 home games.

  • In their last 20 home matches, Norwich have scored 2.0 goals per game and conceded 1.1 goals per game on average.

  • In their last 20 home games, 75% of the 40 goals scored by Norwich have come in open play, whilst 25% have come from set-pieces.

  • Fulham

  • Fulham are unbeaten in their last five games, winning the last two. Their last defeat was 4-1 against Brentford at home on 3 April.

  • Fulham are unbeaten in their last four away games, winning two. Their last defeat on the road was 1-0 at Watford on 3 March.

  • In their last 20 away games against teams positioned in the top half of the table, Fulham have won 0, drawn 3 and lost 17 of these matches.

  • In their last 20 away matches, Fulham have scored 1.1 goals per game and conceded 1.7 goals per game on average.

  • In their last 20 away games, 73% of the 22 goals scored by Fulham have come in open play, whilst 27% have come from set-pieces.

Source Darren Plant at SportsMole/BBCSports/KickOff
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