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Paul Merson predicts Norwich City’s Premier League losing streak to end against Everton


Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes Norwich City’s Premier League losing streak will come to an end against Everton.

The Canaries have lost their last six games in a sequence of matches that has also seen them fail to score in over nine hours.

City remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table three points adrift from safety.

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On Saturday, they welcome to Carrow Road an Everton side who have picked up just two wins in their last 13 games in all competitions.

The Toffees needed extra-time to defeat Championship strugglers Hull City in the FA Cup third round last weekend and their last Premier League victory came on December 6 against Arsenal.

Everton are currently 15th in the table but have an eight-point gap ahead of the bottom three.

That could all change on Saturday if Paul Merson’s prediction comes true with the former Arsenal and Aston Villa midfielder predicting a 2-1 win for the Canaries.

“This is Norwich City’s cup final,” Merson told Sportskeeda. “If they don’t win this game, it’s curtains for them in the Premier League this season.

“Both teams are all over the place at the moment, but there’s more at stake for Norwich than Everton.

“I watched Everton against Hull City and they weren’t good at all, so I think this could emerge as a winnable game for the home side.”

A win for Norwich will keep hopes of Premier League survival alive but Liverpool legends Michael Owen and Mark Lawrenson don’t see that happening.

Owen predicts Everton will claim a 2-1 win at Carrow Road whereas Lawrenson believes Norwich’s goalless run will continue.



Dean Smith
Norwich City boss Dean Smith

Lawrenson told BBC Sport: “Most of the teams down the bottom have problems keeping goals out, but Norwich can’t score them either – they have drawn a blank in their past six league games.

“I don’t see that changing on Saturday. Everton are hardly in great form themselves, but they have been busy this month in the transfer market and you can see what their manager Rafael Benitez is trying to do at both ends of the pitch.

“After shipping Lucas Digne out he has signed two defenders and has brought in another winger, Anwar El Ghazi, on loan from Aston Villa. With Dominic Calvert-Lewin fit again, Everton should not be lacking in firepower anymore.”

“Norwich didn’t really threaten West Ham on Wednesday,” Owen told BetVictor.

“They’ve got two massive games ahead of them, against Everton here and then against Watford.

“Things are obviously not looking good for them, but they aren’t cut adrift and a win in one of those games still gives them some hope.

“The FA Cup gave Everton, and Rafa Benitez, an escape from the pressure of the league. The mood around Goodison was very low after the Brighton defeat and a defeat here would be rock bottom.

“Calvert-Lewin has returned though, and they’ve made a couple of new signings. That will help.

“This is a massive game for both. Norwich will give this everything they have; I just don’t think they have enough quality. I’m going for a 2-1 Everton win.”



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