Friday, 15 January 2016

It's about time for AFCB got the better of the Canaries

You have to admire Alex Neil. His record against Eddie Howe is 100 per cent wins and there are not many managers that have that stat. So on the former Hamilton Academical manager's second visit to the Vitality Stadium, can Eddie Howe make it a less comfortable afternoon for this Scot who has the Canaries sitting just two points ahead of the Cherries?

Norwich have suddenly picked up points after some strong performances at home in December. But away from home they have only won two games all season, at Sunderland and more recently at Old Trafford. It is that last result against Man Utd that has given Norwich a lot of encouragement. Jerome and Tettey in particular have started to find the net and Howson and Redmond are always a danger.
Norwich players ate Dean Court last season. I hope they find it tougher this Saturday!
Alexander Tettey will be treading the turf in front of the Ted MacDougall stand and he has lifted spirits in the Canaries with his powerful running and good finishing of late from midfield. He has started to play with a lot of freedom and is finding it fun to shoot when ever he is in a bit of space as Southampton found to their cost. I have not seen so much of Mbokani Bezua, but he looks like he is favourite to lead the attack at the moment for the Canaries and he offers more of a physical threat than Cameron Jerome. 

Norwich were not be blessed with many proven strikers, but the signing of Steven Naismith would change that. Tenacious and a real chaser of goals Naismith is just the kind of player that I'd expect to do well for Alex Neil. Luckily for AFCB, it does not look as though Everton will let Naismith go just yet until they have a replacement lined up.

We know Norwich City are passionate like the Cherries on the field and are doing all they can to beat the drop. This is a game where neither side will be holding back and I can't see it being a 0-0 bore draw - hold on to your seats. 

I imagine Lewis Grabban is pleading to play in this game. Eddie could unleash the striker and tell him to take all his anguish over his unsettled time at Norwich by playing well but keeping his discipline. 

Norwich Away Form
LLWLL

AFCB Home Form
LDWDL

Norwich City last time out against Stoke City
Rudd, Martin, Bennett,  Bassong, Brady, Odjidja-Ofoe (Redmond 62), Tettey, 
O'Neil (sent off), Howson, Hoolahan (Jarvis 63), Mbokani Bezua


Substitutes
Ruddy, Wisdom, Jerome, Jarvis, Dorrans, Redmond, Olsson


Competition - Score Predictions
I'm still trying to give away an AFCB 2016 diary and bunch of AFCB stickers. Just Tweet the right score for #AFCB v #NCFC for a chance to win - Tweet @PeterBell19

Thanks to Cherry Chimes' Sponsors - Broomhill Garden Buildings, Natterjacks Vet and Altamira Deco for enabling Cherry Chimes to start hosting some competitions with their support.
I'll soon need a 2017 diary to give away before one of you gets the score right!

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