Last Updated: 09/02/13 4:56pm
Norwich 0 Fulham 0. No goals at Carrow Road. Few chances and a point apiece a fair reflection on a game between two sides low on confidence and belief.
Duff trots over to take the corner. He stands the ball up. Senderos among those challenging, but can't get a touch as he tumbles to the turf. The ball runs away for a Norwich throw. Jackson then felled by Manolev. Surely last chance for the hosts.
Duff swings over the set-piece. The ball is glanced on into the six-yard box. Norwich struggle to clear, before Kamara concedes a throw. Fulham pushing for a late winner. Emauelson slips as he shoots, but sees his effort deflect behind.
Schwarzer takes as long as possible with the free-kick. Home support not too happy. Fulham make inroads down their right, with Garrido diving into a tackle on Dejagah. Free-kick to visitors on the touchline.
Norwich keep players forward and turn the ball into the box. Jackson sends a spinning volley goalwards, and sees it spin up into the air. Schwarzer comes to meet the ball and is clattered by Kamara. He requires treatment.
Kamara shows a good turn of pace. He holds onto the ball before picking out Johnson. His cross is turned behind by Riise. Snodgrass delivers and Schwarzer comes through the crowd to get a fist on the ball.
Bunn off his line well to pluck a Petric cross out of the air. Norwich now in a hurry to get going. Johnson leads them forward, but Sidwell wins the ball back. Fulham go wide to Manolev. He puts the ball in the box, but there is no room for Berbatov or Ruiz.
Hoolahan's free-kick is met by a powerful header from Kamara. His effort is always rising, though, and loops up and over the crossbar. Hughton out demanding one big push from his players.
Hoolahan races through midfield and away from Manolev. The Fulham man has little choice but to dive into a tackle and is booked.
Snodgrass does well to climb high at the back post and get to a high cross. He can't get any power on his header, though, and Schwarzer saves with ease. Norwich remain on the front foot, but Johnson sends a poked volley wide of the target.
Hangeland lumps clear to Ruiz, who is unable to gather. Norwich's turn to push forward. Johnson is surrounded by three white shirts and sends an aimless pass down the line to no-one.
Berbatov involved on the edge of the Norwich box, poking the ball wide to Duff. He cuts it back to Riise, who is closed down by Tettey. Solid from Norwich as Fulham have to go back to halfway.
Senderos has to be careful as he gathers the ball facing his own goal. Hoolahan is at his back, but he gets the ball to his keeper. Another break in play as Fulham win another free-kick inside their own half.
Jackson puts pressure on Hangeland, but is turned by the Fulham defender and then grabs at his shirt. Schwarzer takes as long as possible with the free-kick. His long clearance is touched on by Ruiz to nobody.
Too many breaks in play now, with Emauelson tripping Snodgrass. The game was hardly electrifying before, but is now so stop-start that neither side can get anything going. Norwich do their best, but Jackson scuffs a 20 yard shot tamely at Schwarzer.
Berbatov picks up the ball almost on the edge of his own box. He is strolling around in the middle of midfield now. He needs to get up alongside Petric. Another free-kick goes against Norwich - against Becchio this time.
Snodgrass plays the free-kick short to Hoolahan, trying to make an angle for a cross, but he is closed down immediately. Another waste. Norwich keep pressing, but see a throw-in decision got against them and they have to retreat.
Johnson forward into the feet of Becchio. HE does really well to hold off two defenders and win a free-kick off Sidwell, who dives in. Set-piece to Norwich 40 yards from goal.
Jol stood arms folded on the sidelines. He can't be too happy with what he has seen, but would probably settle for a point away from home.
Change from either side, with Rodallega making way for Petric and Jackson coming on in place of Bennett. More attacking switch from Norwich.
Snodgrass swings the ball wide towards Garrido, but once again gets far too much on his pass and sends it out of play.
Snodgrass and Martin have combined well at times, but not on this occasion. Snodgrass' pass to a run made outside of him is poor and slips out of play. Groans from the stands.
Manolev spots a run from Ruiz, but so does Johnson and he is able to slide in and intercept the pass. Emanuelson on the ball for Fulham, but they are outnumbered 35 yards from goal.
Sidwell cuts across midfield. Fulham had an opportunity to cross from their left, but once again only had Rodallega to aim at. The move breaks down and Norwich can clear.
Hangeland hammers the ball into Duff and out of play. Still so scrappy. No-one has been able to produce a moment of brilliance to open things up.
Snodgrass is found centrally once more. Fulham stand off him on this occasion, allowing him to turn. From 25 yards he drills low, but straight at Schwarzer. Not the best of strikes.
The game is becoming a little more stretcher, hopefully that will open things up. As I speak, Snodgrass sets off downfield. He drifts across the park, before taking a tumble. He claims a free-kick, but Senderos just outmuscled him.
Rodallega drops very deep to get involved. All well and good, but Fulham are left with nobody up top and have nothing to aim at.
Martin off and running once more. He sends Snodgrass towards the corner flag. He has no space and does well to earn a throw. Martin should have sent over a cross.
Senderos back to Schwarzer, who has two yellow shirts closing him down. He is able to get a clearance away. Emanuelson involved for the first time as he picks out Riise. His low cross is laid off by Duff to Ruiz, who blazes over from the edge of the box.
Berbatov crosses from the Fulham right, but gets far too much on his delivery. He only had Rodallega to aim at, but sent the ball sailing high over his head.
Frimpong's last involvement as he makes way for Emanuelson. With play back underway, Bennett's hanging cross from the left is cleared by Senderos.
Bunn hammers long for Norwich. They can't get anything going. Neither side looks comfortable whenever they get into the final third. Frimpong concedes a free-kick inside his own half.
Snodgrass thinks he has won a third corner, but the decision goes against him. Worth pointing out that from the second set-piece, the ball dropped to Bennett and he saw a well-struck effort blocked.
Snodgrass ambles across to take the set-piece. His delivery is high to the middle of the box, where Hangeland clears. Norwich return the ball to the box and a hurried clearance from Duff goes behind. Snodgrass' second corner goes the same way as a the first.
Garrido goes backwards, before Turner fires long. Senderos there for Fulham. Snodgrass, who looks the most likely to make something happen, is found again. He picks out Martin, and his cross bounces off Riise and behind for a corner.
Hoolahan with space to move into, but Fulham flood back. Hoolahan battles away in the middle of the park, but is said to have caught Rodallega. Pressure off Fulham. Hangeland takes forever with the free-kick, before firing straight out of play.
Manolev well forward, but Bennett gets back at him. Good cover from Riise down the left flank as he prevents from Snodgrass from getting in behind.
Snodgrass fires into the wall. Another wasted opportunity. Fulham can't counter, with Frimpong standing on the ball. Sidwell wins it back at Snodgrass is cautioned for a rash tackle on the Fulham man from behind.
Snodgrass skips past Riise and towards the box. He is blocked off, but Bennett takes up the charge and is felled 30 yards from goal. Opportunity for Norwich to test Schwarzer. Free-kick is just right of centre, so favours a left footer.
Bassong looks like he will be okay and is soon back on the park. He is laughing about it now. He knew nothing about the block, but had to be there. Back underway and Ruiz is sent tumbling on halfway. Fulham go long through Riise, but he can't pick out Rodallega.
Bassong requires treatment as Ruiz's volley caught him on the chest and took his breath away. He is holding his throat. Ruiz apologises, but there was nothing he could have done about that. The ball was flying.
Berbatov picking the ball up deep once more. Sidwell then sends it wide to Manolev, but Garrido has him well covered. As Fulham press, a loose ball drops to Ruiz 25 yards out. He crashes a stinging drive against Bassong.
Hangeland takes no chances as he goes back to Schwarzer. Fulham can't get out of their own half though and Tettey pops up on the left wing. He has to stretch to force the ball past Riise, and he gets another on the cross to take the sting out of it.
Senderos runs the ball out from the back for Fulham, but is halted on halfway. Berbatov and Rodallega combine, with Riise then sent scampering down the left. He hangs over a cross, which Berbatov can't quite reach. Better from the visitors.
Rodallega holds off Bassong and finds Manolev down the right. His cross isn't the best and is easily cleared. Riise then forced all the way back to Schwarzer.
Good battling by Ruiz as he wins the ball back in midfield. Berbatov is then surrounded by three yellow shirts. Fulham remain in possession, but Sidwell can't pick a way through. Defences still on top.
Sidwell slips the ball onto his left foot, 20 yards from goal. Worth an effort and he forces Bunn into a smart stop down to his right. In truth, as close as we have come to a goal.
Snodgrass forces Riise into a corner. He concedes a throw, but Fulham are pegged back down by their own corner flag. Head tennis in midfield then ensues, before Ruiz gets the ball on he deck.
Throw to Norwich down their left, which again goes backwards and across. Tettey strolls forward, but Sidwell follows him all the way.
Berbatov slips a clever pass into Rodallega. He looks to shot first time on the turn, but sees Turner slide across his path. Solid defending from the Norwich centre-half.
The players are back with us and we are ready for the off once more. This game desperately needs a goal. Let's hope the second half is better than the first.
Remember you can also bet in-play at Skybet.com. Norwich are now 7/4 to take the spoils, with Fulham 5/2 and the draw 5/4. You can get 8/ on Berbatov getting the opening goal.
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Norwich 0 Fulham 0. All square the interval. A game of few opportunities and one which needs a spark from somewhere.
Schwarzer takes an age to get the ball back in play again. Nothing doing for Fulham as Rodallega challenges in the air with Bassong. Norwich then send the ball out of play for a Fulham throw.
Schwarzer in hurry to take the free-kick. He lumps forward and finds the chest of Berbatov. Norwich win the ball back, with Becchio glancing into space. Snodgrass sent wide and slips past Riise. Hoolahan can eventually whip over a cross, but Becchio diverts another header off target.
Johnson with room to turn in midfield, but no options looking forward. Fulham get bodies behind the ball. The visitors soon have it back, but amble across halfway. Becchio pulled up for a foul this time, as he tugs Sidwell to the turf.
Bennett with a wild effort from wide on the left. He has space to unload a shot, but slices it badly and the ball sails away towards the corner flag. Sums up the first half.
Bassong now hobbling slightly. Fulham looking to test him, but get bogged down on their left wing. When they do go down the middle, Rodallega can't collect and the ball runs through to Bunn. Final ball still lacking from both sides.
Duff forces Martin to concede a corner. Ruiz delivers from the set-piece. Poor once again as the ball is cleared by the first man. Fulham return the ball to the box, but Bassong heads clear. All a but scrappy at the moment.
Martin Jol with a few nice touches on the touchline. Maybe he should bring himself on! On the field, Bennett looks to cut inside off the left flank, but has the ball stolen off his toe. Berbatov leads a Fulham counter, but can't centre for Rodallega.
Sidwell racing around trying to get Fulham going. His efforts are rewarded as a stray pass is picked up by Rodallega. Berbatov brought into play, but he gives the ball away. Far too many misplaced passes from both teams.
Rodallega is back with us, by the way. Becchio wins yet another free-kick for Norwich, which again they send short and sideways. The ball ends up back at the feet of Turner.
Better from Ruiz as he keeps possession in midfield. Manolev then gives the ball away. Snodgrass involved again for Norwich, drifting in from the right. A high cross is floated into the box by Martin, but Becchio nods wide under pressure.
Rodallega hobbles off. Fulham get on with the game, with Senderos picking out Berbatov. He can't hold the ball up on this occasion. Norwich look to counter, but lack numbers.
Bennett cautioned for clattering through the back of Rodallega. He has no complaints at the decision. Rodallega stays down. Physios back on.
Clipped delivery from Snodgrass towards the front post, but he can't pick out a team-mate. Fulham struggle to clear their lines and Sidwell has to put a brave block in on Johnson.
Ruiz gives the ball away again in midfield. Snodgrass races down the right flank. Frimpong goes with him, but ends up bundling the Norwich winger to the ground. Another chance to send the big men forward from the back. Frimpong is booked.
Another great touch from Berbatov, as he hooks the ball on towards Rodallega. He does enough to win a corner. Duff over the set-piece. His delivery is cleared at the front post by Bennett.
Snodgrass over another free-kick midway inside the Fulham half. He floats the ball to the back post, where Hangeland rises to nod clear. Bennett looks to slip past Ruiz, but can't get around Manolev. He claims he was caught by an arm, but gets nothing.
Ruiz loses the ball again. Not been his day so far. Norwich send the ball back to Bunn. He goes long and Hangeland comes through the back of Becchio this time. Needless from Fulham, but they keep making the same mistake.
Snodgrass delivers from the set-piece. He sends the ball into the heart of the box, but Schwarzer watches it all the way and shows safe hands as he plucks it out of the air. Those in the middle given no chance to compete.
Garrido looks to cross from the left, but gets no height on the delivery and Senderos can hack clear. Norwich come again, with Snodgrass pulling wide to the right. He is bundled over by Hangeland. Opportunity for Norwich to load the box.
Johnson nods a long clearance out of play for a Fulham throw. The Cottagers make nothing of the opportunity to push towards the Norwich box. As the Canaries break out, Becchio wins another free-kick. It is played short and Fulham regroup.
Berbatov turns the ball around the corner for Rodallega, but he fails to read the Bulgarian's intentions and Bassong steps in. Norwich attack down their left through Bennett, but he grabs at Manolev's shirt and concedes a free-kick.
Frimpong down holding the back of his head and will require treatment. He was caught be a stray arm from Snodgrass as the Norwich man challenge Hangeland for a high ball.
Frimpong runs through midfield, but then goes back to Sidwell. Manolev goes long down the line to Berbatov. He is able to get a head to the ball, but diverts it into the arms of Bunn.
Berbatov pulls the ball out of the high with a great touch. Again, though, Fulham have to go sideways. Riise just about keeps the ball in play, but Norwich get two banks of four between the Fulham man and their goal.
Free-kick is played short to Bennentt. His cross is terrible and barely gets off the ground. Norwich try again, but Garrido opts against throwing over a cross. One does arrive eventually, but Martin nods high and wide after getting in behind Hangeland.
Tettey runs Norwich out from the back, but then goes sideways and backwards. You can tell we are watching two sides short on form and confidence. Becchio wins a free-kick as Senderos nudges him in the back.
Tettey spots Martin running past him down the Norwich right, but his pass has too much on it and runs behind for a goal kick. Fulham get Berbatov involved again, but he's on the halfway line and can't do much damage from there.
Schwarzer sees a long clearance touched on to Berbatov. He comes inside to Ruiz, but there are five yellow shirts in midfield buzzing around the ball and they soon have it back. Norwich take the opportunity to indulge in a bout of keep-ball.
Bassong has to hurry to keep a stray pass in play. Norwich then go long towards Becchio, but it's all a bit aimless and Manolev can lump clear. The hosts have lost their way somewhat after making a decent start.
Frimpong swings the ball left to Duff, but Martin is on his case again. The Cottagers go backwards, all the way to Senderos. Nice retention of the ball, but they need to offer more of a threat.
Duff with a cross from the left that flicks off Martin. The ball flashes narrowly over the top for a corner. Duff takes himself, but can't pick out a leap from Hangeland. Norwich clear, but have pulled everyone back.
Riise well forward from left-back for Fulham, and wins a throw. The Cottagers then work their way out to their right, where Manolev wins another throw. Norwich keeping the visitors at arm's length.
Hangeland cuts across Becchio to intercept a pass down Norwich's right wing. Fulham now seeing a lot more of the ball, but aren't doing much with it. On this occasion, Duff squanders possession.
Fulham slow things down to walking pace again. Ruiz is found on their right, but once again he can't work a one-two with Berbatov. The ball runs harmlessly through to Bunn. Lack of urgency from both sides at the moment.
Fulham stuck inside their own half, with no obvious out ball. Hangeland is eventually able to find Berbatov, but Bennett prevents him from linking up with Ruiz down the Fulham right.
Hoolahan allowed to carry the ball a long way. He finds Tettey racing forward, but his cross is blocked. Hoolahan gathers the loose ball, but a scuffed cross-shot cannons into Senderos.
Norwich work the ball wide to Snodgrass. He looks to bring Martin into play, but there are too many white shirts blocking his path on the edge of the box. Duff leads Fulham clear, but the counter-attack lacks pace.
Tettey runs the ball out for Norwich, before finding Garrido. Some quick feet from Hoolahan almost take him through a tight gap, but Manolev is alive to the danger and steals the ball away.
Berbatov, having been caught by a high boot is now penalised for one. Norwich send the free-kick long, but onto the head of Hangeland. Fulham can move through midfield with Frimpong.
Berbatov flicks on towards Rodallega, but Turner can see the ball back to Bunn. Norwich then take the opportunity to slow things down and knock the ball around inside their own half, inviting Fulham to come out of their shell.
Berbatov drifts into space again. From the Fulham right, he hangs a cross to the back post. Duff is interested, but Martin is on hand to glance clear for Norwich. Berbatov now looking to get involved as often as possible.
Frimpong sends Riise into space on the Fulham left, but Norwich get bodies back quickly. The Cottagers go the other way to Berbatov, who wins a throw. Not a lot of room in the middle of the park at the moment.
Berbatov is back with us. Norwich pressing once more. Bennett involved again, this time from a central post. He shifts the ball onto his right foot 25 yards from goal and has a go. His effort sails high into the stands.
Bennett freed down the Norwich left. He feeds a great pass into the path of Garrido, who bursts forward from full-back. He crosses for Becchio, who stabs a first-time effort from 10 yards out into Schwarzer's chest. Decent half-chance.
Norwich looking to knock the ball around and move Fulham across the pitch. The visitors have 10 men behind the ball at the moment and are prepared to sit inside their own half and force Norwich to carve them open.
Becchio tangles with Duff in midfield. Webb waves play on, good to see him looking to keep the game flowing after an early break in proceedings. Becchio can't combine with Hoolahan, as Fulham take a very high line.
Berbatov forced to make his way to the sidelines, but should be okay to continue. Play back underway with a Fulham free-kick. Berbatov has headed down the tunnel, so might need a bit of work before he can continue.
Very high boot from Johnson catches Berbatov in the face. He had a wild swing at the ball. No action taken by Howard Webb. Berbatov will require treatment as his nose is bleeding. Could easily have been an early caution.
Dangerous early cross swung over by Snodgrass from the Norwich right. Bennett is arriving at the back post, but Manolev does enough to prevent him getting a toe to the ball.
Pre-match formalities underway. Important game for both sides and we are just about ready for the off. Here's hoping we get a few goals and plenty of entertainment.
Teams are on their way. There will be further opportunities to have your say at half-time and at the final whistle.
Rob Fuller is backing a home win today. He says: "I can see Norwich getting off to a quick start. 3-1 city Becchio 2 and Tettey with a 30 yarder!!"
Sprinklers are on. Two teams here that like to play football, so ground staff doing all they can to slicken things up. Have a feeling it could be a game that needs an early goal to bring it to life.
Players have disappeared back down the tunnel. Last chance for Hughton and Jol to get some words of wisdom across to their sides. Both could do with a win this afternoon.
Just over 20 minutes until kick-off at Carrow Road. Get your pre-match thoughts in to Chris.Burton@bskyb.com or @SkySportsChrisB.
Grant Holt misses out for Norwich with a back injury picked up this morning, but Luciano Becchio makes his home debut. Dimitar Berbatov returns for Fulham, while Stanislav Manolev comes into their back four.
Fulham team: Schwarzer, Manolev, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise, Duff, Frimpong, Sidwell, Ruiz, Berbatov, Rodallega. Subs: Etheridge, Hughes, Karagounis, Kacaniklic, Emanuelson, Dejagah, Petric.
Norwich team: Bunn, R.Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Tettey, Johnson, E.Bennett, Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Becchio. Subs: Camp, Whittaker, Howson, Jackson, Surman, Kamara, Tierney.
You can also bet in-play throughout the game at Skybet.com. There is little to choose between the two sides prior to kick-off, with Norwich 5/4 to take the spoils, Fulham 21/10 and the draw 12/5. You can get 7/1 on Luciano Becchio to break the deadlock, or maybe you fancy Bryan Ruiz at 9/1.
Can Norwich return to winning ways, or will Fulham enjoy a productive trip out on the road? Who will be the men to keep an eye on? Let me know your thoughts.
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Fulham are in the same position, with only goal difference seeing them above the Canaries in the top-flight standings. Martin Jol's side have picked up two wins in nine, and only two on the road all season.
Norwich find themselves looking over their shoulder after going eight games without a win, with just seven points now separating them from the drop zone.