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Analyzing and Predicting who will occupy the relegation spots in the Premier League

  • With the business end of the season fast approaching, we take a look at relegation candidates and predict the final outcome of the EPL table
Aryaman Sood
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Top 5 / Top 10
Modified 07 Mar 2016, 18:19 IST

#4 Norwich

The end in sight for Norwich?
The end in sight for Norwich?

Much like Newcastle, Norwich have the same basic defence in place that they did when they were relegated- Bassong, Martin, Bennet and Olsson. Alex O’Neil tried to improve it by signing Pinto, but that hasn’t worked out either. Norwich have the second-worst defence in the league, shipping in 54 goals (only 1 less than Villa) and not scoring enough to make up for it.

Their main striker is Cameron Jerome who is far from a natural finisher and it showed in his recent misses against Chelsea. Scoring only 33 goals in 205 appearances in the Premier League is a luxury Norwich can’t afford. Alex Tettey has again looked decent but with his season coming to an end due to injury, it’s going to be even toughter for Norwich. The likes of Johnny Howson and Wes Hoolahan have so failed to inspire much confidence either. With games against Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton closing their season, Norwich need to act and act fast.

Unfortunately, Norwich’s inability to prevent the opposition from scoring means that the odds are stacked against them, especially after the defeat to Swansea at the weekend. Due to their inability to pick up points, even against teams around them, and because of a fairly horrible run of form, Norwich seem to be slipping away from the survival spots and look destined for relegation.

Predicted finish: 19th

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Published 06 Mar 2016, 00:05 IST
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