2021-22 Premier League: Week Ten – Norwich vs Leeds

Norwich City welcome Leeds United to Carrow Road in the first of a Super Halloween Sunday double bill. 

Victory would see Norwich climb off the foot of the table, whereas Leeds can climb out of the relegation zone with a win.

 

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Ben Gibson is suspended for Norwich after being red carded in the Canaries’ 7-0 loss at Chelsea last week.

Przemyslaw Placheta (fitness) and Todd Cantwell (Achilles) are doubts but Sam Byram (thigh) and Christoph Zimmerman (ankle) remain ruled out.

Leeds could be without Raphinha as the Brazilian continues to struggle with a recurring injury.

Jamie Shackleton (knock) is a doubt but Robin Koch (groin), Luke Ayling (knee) and Patrick Bamford (ankle) are ruled out.

 

Stat Attack

  • Norwich have lost just one of their six previous Premier League meetings against Leeds (W4, D1, L1).
  • Leeds are winless in three previous Premier League trips to Carrow Road (L3) during which they conceded eight goals and scored four goals.
  • Norwich’s Tim Krul has conceded 23 goals in nine league appearances this season.
  • No Premier League goalkeeper has produced more throw-outs in the opening nine matches this season than Leeds’ Illan Meslier, who has delivered 64 throw-outs.
  • This is the first match involving Norwich and Leeds this season to be refereed by Anthony Taylor.

 

Prediction

After producing a frankly horrific performance at Chelsea last weekend, Norwich surely have hit the absolute bottom of the barrel with far too many basic defensive errors and lacked confidence to produce many attacks so I am hoping for a rebound performance otherwise they are surely down already.

Leeds meanwhile were like a game of two halves because they lacked sharpness in the first half of their draw against Wolves, yet made huge improvements after half-time to force a late equaliser so I would like to see them carry that momentum into this game which they should fancy a comfortable win.

On that note, Norwich need to hope that their previous strong home form against Leeds in the Premier League is a positive omen because if Leeds come out on the front foot, I just cannot see past an away win even though they are missing some key players.

Prediction: Norwich 0-2 Leeds

Result: Norwich 1-2 Leeds

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