Burnley v Norwich Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 18, 2019
Turf Moor - Premier League
Just one point separates Burnley and Norwich, as the two sides face off in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. The home side are without a win since the opening day, whilst the visitors picked up a shock three points against Manchester City in their last game.
Norwich hammered Burnley when the sides last met, winning 4-1 in the FA Cup. Goals from Grant Holt, Simeon Jackson, Drew Sermon and Steve Morison did the trick for the Canaries on that day in 2012, although Jay Rodriguez, who has recently resigned for Burnley, did manage a consolation strike.
Robbie Brady will hope to start for Burnley at the weekend, having made a return from injury last week. Johan Gudmundsson is only likely to be fit for the bench, whilst Rodriguez will hope to feature from the start over Chris Wood.
Daniel Farke has a host on injuries to contend with, as Tom Trybull, Timm Klose, Christoph Zimmerman and Onel Hernandez are all absent. However, given the team's performance last weekend it is unlikely that the manager will want to make many changes, meaning another start for new signing Ibrahim Amadou.
Burnley v Norwich Preview and Predictions
Norwich's win over Manchester City was undoubtedly the fixture of last weekend, but Farke's side must look ahead to facing Burnley on Saturday. The Clarets may not have the quality of the Champions, but will allow far less space in behind for the likes of Teemu Pukki to exploit.
Sean Dyche's side have struggled going forwards in recent weeks, scoring just two goals in their last three games. This should be music to Norwich's ears, who will be able to allow play to be dictated by their centre-backs, as their build-up is designed to. However, as shown in last week's game, the Canaries ability to break a high press before breaking through fast, direct centre-forward play has seen them score goals against attack-minded teams.
Against Burnley, who are willing to sit back, with two rows of four behind the ball, and Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood pressuring opposition centre-backs, these tactics may not be as efficient. Dyche is a tactically astute manager, and may look to disrupt Norwich's playing style, which has been key to their success over the past 12 months, rather than going out to play the Clarets own game. Challenging their opposition to break down a deep-lying Premier League quality defence could throw cause problems for Farke's game plan, and play into Burnley's own counter-attacking style.
The fixture may not have appeared the most exciting at the start of the season, but has shaped up to be a tactically interesting encounter. A successive win could see Norwich build up significant momentum, whilst a home victory could easily allow Burnley to leap into the top half of the table.
Teemu Pukki to score anytime 7/2
The Finn can't stop scoring, and even added assists to his repertoire last week.
Both teams to score at 8/15
Burnley have been far from their best defensively, but should also crack the Norwich back line on Saturday.