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    Norwich City v Everton

    Following a sixth defeat in ten Premier League matches and only avoiding the drop zone by goal difference, Norwich City manager Alex Neil will be fearing for the future of his career and the team he has been leading for almost a year. The Canaries face a tough test on Saturday lunchtime when they host Everton who have not lost in five matches since the end of October. 

    Neil will be concerned not just by the recent defeats but also how little a threat they have carried when attacking against opponents. At the beginning of the season, Norwich were playing fluid and dangerous football but were struggling defensively. The problem now is that their creative passing game has vanished, evident last weekend against Watford where they rarely threatened Heurelho Gomes' goal. Norwich also continue to have major problems in defence, keeping just one clean sheet in 15 league games.

    The hosts' record against their visitors is not particularly favourable. Norwich have taken three points just once in their previous ten league meetings with Everton, drawing parallels with their current form this season. However, five of the previous seven fixtures between the teams have resulted in draws and Everton have just the solitary victory in their last seven visits to Carrow Road. The Toffees' did knock Norwich out of the League Cup on penalties earlier in the season.

    Roberto Martinez will be more focused on Everton's current league form, winning two and drawing three in their last five fixtures, with a League Cup Quarter-Final victory sandwiched in between. They have provided fans with an excellent brand of attacking football, spearheaded by Romelo Lukaku who has 11 goals in 15 league games, nine of which have been scored in his last nine appearances. The Belgian has received excellent service from Ross Barkley and Gerard Deulofeu, with the latter proving why he used to be part of the Barcelona youth system. Everton are also one of the hardest working teams in the league, epitomised by the experienced Gareth Barry who has ran 177.7km, second only to Bournemouth's Andrew Surnam. The Toffees' fearless approach has paid off on their travels, losing just one of their eight league games on the road. 

    Norwich will have to stop Everton without Matt Jarvis, whilst the creative Wes Hoolahan faces a late fitness test on a knee injury. The visitors have several players on the treatment table with Phil Jagielka, Tyias Browning, Tony Hibbert, Bryan Oviedo and Steven Pienaar all missing out. James McCarthy could return from a groin injury that kept him out of the Crystal Palace fixture.

    Key Players:
    Ross Barkley- the attacking midfielder seems to be coming of age this year, playing a part in 11 goals in 15 matches, scoring six and setting up five.

    Robbie Brady- the adaptable Irishman will have to match the energy of the Everton midfield and Alex Neil will be hoping he can add to his tally of three assists so far this season.

    Chris Lincoln's Prediction: Norwich City 1-2 Everton
    Everton have not been great defensively this season but will provide an attacking threat against a poor Norwich defence that will struggle to keep the likes of Lukaku, Barkley, Deulofeu and Kone off the scoresheet.
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