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Norwich City vs Brighton and Hove Albion. Premier League.

Carrow Road.

Norwich City 0

    Brighton and Hove Albion 1

    • L Trossard (25th minute)

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    Saturday 4 July 2020 11:26, UK

    Brighton's Aaron Connolly tackles Emiliano Buendia of Norwich City
    Image: Brighton's Aaron Connolly tackles Emiliano Buendia of Norwich City

    Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Norwich vs Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday (kick-off 12.30pm).

    Team news

    Norwich will welcome back defender Timm Klose from suspension for the Premier League clash with Brighton.

    The Swiss centre-back missed the Canaries' heavy midweek loss at Arsenal after being sent off during last weekend's FA Cup defeat to Manchester United.

    Midfielder Moritz Leitner is out for the rest of the season as he requires hernia surgery, while defensive trio Grant Hanley, Christoph Zimmermann and Sam Byram (all hamstring) remain sidelined.

    Brighton are hopeful Davy Propper and Adam Webster will be fit to feature at Carrow Road.

    Midfielder Propper came off against Manchester United with a tight calf but is scheduled to train on Friday.

    Defender Webster missed the 3-0 defeat with a hamstring problem but he too could be available.

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    Charlie's predictions

    The majority would look at this and see the opportunity that lies ahead for Brighton. Norwich did well in spells at Arsenal but were on the wrong end of a hammering. They have sucked the life out of their forwards.

    Daniel Farke's job is safe. Farke got them to the Premier League. They were a high-scoring, free-flowing team, and he has kept his faith with that. If he had real ambitions of staying in the Premier League, they needed to sort out the defence.

    When you come up, you look at the teams who have got things right. Wolves, now in their second season, and up near the Champions League places. The same can be said about Sheffield United in their first season. Yes, they are attack-minded in nature but they have needed to be solid at the back. You can get away with it in the Sky Bet Championship but you will not get away with it in the Premier League.

    Norwich's defenders were good Championship defenders, but when you make one or two mistakes at this level, you are buried. That drains the life out of Teemu Pukki, but how long can you depend on him?

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    The same can be said about Todd Cantwell and Emiliano Buendia. They have gone from getting loads of touches to having hardly any. That is the reality of top-level football. You have to defend more and have less touches going forward.

    I still feel there is fight in this Norwich team. They are pretty much down but if they do win, they give themselves a slight glimmer of hope.

    The real pressure is on Brighton, who have created a little gap to the drop but are still vulnerable. It will be a tense and tight affair, but both sides will come away with a point.

    CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (5/1 with Sky Bet)

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    • After a six-game unbeaten league run against Brighton (W5 D1), Norwich have lost two of their last three against the Seagulls (W1).
    • Following their 2-0 win at the Amex Stadium in November, Brighton are looking to complete their first league double over Norwich since 1951-52.
    • Norwich have failed to score in three of their last four Premier League home games, including each of their last two. They last went three league games without a goal at Carrow Road in September 2000, while it's not something they've ever suffered in the Premier League.
    • Brighton are winless in their last eight Premier League away games (D5 L3), though each of their last four have ended level.
    • Having scored nine goals in their first five Premier League games this season (1.8 per game) - including netting three in two different matches - Norwich have scored just 16 in their last 27 league games (0.6 per game) and never more than twice in a match.
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