Norwich vs WatfordEnglish Premier League, KO: 20:00 Nov 8, 2019, Carrow Road
THE Premier League's bottom two teams will go toe-to-toe on Friday night when Norwich City welcome Watford to Carrow Road.
Collectively both sides have only managed to amass 12 points between them after 11 games – the Canaries have picked up seven points, whereas Watford are winless and sit bottom of the table with a pitiful points return of five.
Daniel Farke's free-flowing football won plenty of admirers in the early weeks of the season after his newly-promoted side produced one of the biggest shocks in recent Premier League history when Norwich stunned champions Man City in a 3-2 thriller at this venue back in September.
However, since sending Pep Guardiola's superstars packing, the Yellows have been put the sword in five of their last six league outings – with a forgetful stalemate on the south coast against Bournemouth being the only exception.
Among the aforementioned stretch of games the Canaries were crushed 5-1 at Carrow Road by Aston Villa before Manchester United picked up a rare away win by running out comfortable 3-1 winners in East Anglia a fortnight ago.
Watford's failure to win a game is what has ultimately kept Farke's men off the foot of the table, however, a Watford win on Friday night would see them leapfrog both Norwich and Southampton – at least temporarily.
After parting company with Javi Gracia, Watford swiftly brought back Quique Sanchez Flores for a second stint in the Hornets hot-seat, however, the Spaniard is still searching for a victory having lost four and drawn three of the seven games in which he has been back at the helm for.
One of those defeats came last Saturday when Chelsea left Vicarage Road with a 2-1 victory, however, before being beaten by the Blues, Watford were slowly showing signs of a revival after drawing three league games on the spin.
Flores' troops are the only team across England's top-four divisions without a league win this season, however, the bookmakers believe that might be about to change with Watford slight favourites at 6/4 (Ladbrokes) for this crunch Friday night clash Carrow Road.
Watford have drawn five of their 11 games to date and that can be attributed to their difficulties in front of goal having only managed to score six goals this season – the lowest in the division.
Furthermore, Troy Deeney's near three-month absence due to injury has hit Watford hard, however, the hulking Hornet has returned to training and he could feature on Friday night.
The six Premier League goals Watford have scraped together have all been scored by six different players – one of whom is winger Roberto Pereyra.
The Argentina international scored from the penalty spot against Arsenal in Sanchez-Flores' second-coming and I like the look of backing Pereyra to have at least one shot on target in this encounter at Evens (William Hill)
The former Juventus man is partial to a pop-shot from distance – four of his 13 shots this term have hit the target – and I can see Pereyra and Co being presented with opportunities to score due to Norwich's attacking instinct and their well-documented defensive injury issues.
Despite these two strugglers only scoring 18 goals between them in 22 matches this season I think both sides are capable of hitting the back of the net at Carrow Road – mainly because they have shipped 49 goals between them.
There is no value in backing both teams to score at 4/9 (Betway), however, an alternative angle to consider could be to combine both teams to score, each team 2+ corners and both sides 10+ booking points at 11/8 (Betfred) – a couple of corners and a card apiece looks reasonable for what is already looking like a relegation six pointer.
In considering who will come out on top in this tussle – this is a tough one to call – as both teams are in the midst of a miserable run of form heading into what is a huge battle before the international break.
Although I fancy both teams to make the net bulge, I'm not expecting a goalfest here given what's at stake coupled with the fact that both sides have only scored twice in their last six top-flight matches respectively.
With that in mind, I'm going to opt for another goals angle by combining both teams to score and under five match goals at 11/10 (Bet 365) in a game between two sides who look set to be gearing up for a long winter.
This English Premier League match between Norwich and Watford will be played on Nov 8, 2019 and kick off at 20:00