PL Cup Match Preview: Norwich City

Thursday 16 March 2017 09:00

Fulham travel to Norwich City on Friday for the Last 16 tie in the Premier League Cup.

The Whites drew the Canaries out of the hat having negotiated their way through the group stages.

Fulham topped their group by winning five of their six matches along the way. Middlesbrough were the other team to make it into the next round, with AFC Wimbledon and Charlton missing out.

Norwich finished second in their group to Portsmouth, winning three, drawing one and losing two of their fixtures in the group stages. The other teams in their group were Everton and Wolves.

These two teams are familiar with each other having already played twice this season already in the PL2. Norwich are currently propping up the division two table, with the Whites in second place.

There might be a stark contrast in their table position but four of Norwich’s 16 points accrued this season came against Fulham.

In September the Whites endured a 1-0 loss at Motspur Park, being beaten by a goal in the 51st minute by Diallang Jaiyesimi.

The last time these two teams faced was a 2-2 draw at the same ground the cup fixture is to be played, the Colney Training Centre.

Norwich went behind twice, with Tayo Edun and Luca de la Torre getting on the score sheet but the Canries found their way back into the game by forcing an own goal from Jerome Opoku and winning a penalty with seven minutes remaining in the match.

The Whites are targeting both promotion and see the cup as an excellent opportunity to get their hands on some silverware.

Fulham drew in their last game on Monday evening at Motspur Park in a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion, and were unlucky not to finish the evening with three points. That draw keeps their record of being beaten once in their last 12 games.

Norwich have had a resurgence as of late, only losing to league winners Swansea in their last six games, and having won four of them. Their last match ended also with a 1-1 draw away at Stoke City.

Kick off is 2.30pm, Friday 17th at the Colney Training Centre.

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