Well, this is another tough game, which I’m sure is a statement I’ll be making repeatedly this season. Dean Smith has said they’re all tough games in the Premier league and he is of course, correct.
We’re nowhere near the stage where we can confidently predict a victory yet, in my opinion.
There’s been quite a bit of talk about how Norwich are playing pretty attractive, attacking football and Pukki’s goalscoring escapades, but the reality is they are only one point above us and have an inferior goal difference.
So while the Canaries have the pychological advantage after last season’s double over us, Smith has pointed out that we’re a very different team to last season, while they’ve not changed too much.
I guess what I’m saying is that this game isn’t a foregone conclusion, by any means.
Squad news is that Kodjia won’t be ready until after the international break and Chester isn’t ready either.
The good news is that Mings is ok after his knock last week, Lansbury is available and Targett is also good to play.
It’s not so good news for Norwich though as Tim Krull and five others are defintely out and they have doubts about another four, including their number 2 goalkeeper.
Which all in all probably makes it a good time to play them.
My money says Targett will start, as he offers way more going forward than Taylor, although he is also a poorer defender.
And then the other main talking point is Wesley, who is fit afer his head injury against Burnley.
Dean Smith has made the point that the young striker has trained well all week and looks determined. I reckon he’ll stick by him, in the hope that he can bag a goal, boosting his confidence, which looks shot.
Even so, I’d expect Davis to get some minutes either way.
So what do I think?
It’s all about our defence for me and they have to stay alert.
Norwich are dangerous and don’t have a problem scoring, but they also concede too, with Palace and Burnley both putting two past them recently.
We always look quite likely to score though and I definitely see goals.
A 2-2 draw looks a decent bet to me, as I just get the feeling that we look prone to lapses at the back. That, plus we don’t seem to have learned how to kill teams off yet.
While that would only be a single point, when we could really do with all three, I think it’s a result I’d be ok with.
Unless we maintain our habit of taking good leads and then throwing them away again, in which case I’ll probably be quite annoyed.
I just don’t see us having enough to win this game, and while that’s possibly a bit negative, we’re still finding our feet.
I’m sure I’ll be more confident in other games this season.