The FourFourTwo Preview: Norwich vs Southampton
The battle of the lovable, ambitious, free-spending underdogs.
For Southampton, Luke Shaw and the highly influential Morgan Schneiderlin both missed out on League Cup duty in midweek due to injury. Both remain doubts and will face late fitness tests. After appearing from the bench against Sunderland, new £15m signing Pablo Osvaldo could make his full debut should Pochettino wish to re-jig his lineup.
Player to watch: Nathan Redmond (Norwich)
Whoever gets the nod at right back for Southampton this weekend out of Calum Chambers and Nathaniel Clyne faces a challenging afternoon.
LAST 5 MEETINGS
Southampton 0-0 Norwich (PL, Mar 13)
Norwich 1-1 Southampton (PL, Nov 12)
Norwich 0-2 Southampton (League 1, Feb 10)
Southampton 2-2 (6-5) Norwich (JPT, Dec 09)
Southampton 2-2 Norwich (League 1, Nov 09)
Facts and figures
Since the start of 2012/13, Norwich have won 32 of their 45 (71%) Premier League points at Carrow Road.
Southampton have conceded just two goals in their last six away games in the Premier League.
Four of the last six Premier League meetings between Norwich and Southampton have ended as draws.
Pablo Osvaldo netted more goals away (14) than at home (13) in his two seasons at Roma in Serie A.
Southampton have used 16 players in the PL so far this season; eight of which have been English. No side have used a higher proportion of English players than the Saints so far (50%).
No English player has scored more Premier League goals since the start of 2012/13 than Rickie Lambert (16).
Morgan Schneiderlin made more tackles (146) and interceptions (139) than any other player in the Premier League last season.
No player has committed more fouls so far this season than Ricky van Wolfswinkel (8). Last season, his predecessor Grant Holt (82) made more fouls than any other player in the Premier League.
Norwich's last five home games in the Premier League have produced 18 goals in total (3.6 per game).
Southampton's last six Premier League goals have been scored in the second half of matches. They haven’t scored in the first half since April 6th 2013 (versus Reading).