Crystal Palace offered Norwich a stark reminder of what Premier League football was all about on the opening day of the season, but those to play in the cut-throat and cloth colours you’d see spinning outside a barbershop have helped the Canaries find their feet since.
Sunderland and Stoke served up four points for Alex Neil’s side and they’ll complete their spate of fixtures against sides to don the same red and white striped shirts with a trip to Southampton.
They’re 14/5 to come away from St Mary’s having snared the spoils, while a price of 17/20 says they dodge defeat on the south coast.
Their improved fortunes against clubs sporting candy-cane colours isn’t the only positive omen for Norwich here though.
Southampton have started the season sluggishly as they come to terms with yet another summer auction of assets.
Morgan Schneiderlin and Nathaniel Clyne have left, while Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama have been unsettled by speculation linking them with other clubs.
These transfer headaches have been compounded with Europa League preliminary action.
Denmark’s Midtylland ended their short stay in the continent’s consolation competition, beating them 2-1 over two legs in the final play-off round.
When they’ve returned to action following their Thursday night outings, results haven’t been favourable.
Ronald Koeman’s men already failed to win two league games following Europa League excursions, a 2-2 draw at Newcastle preceding a goalless encounter at Watford.
Sandwiched in between is a 3-0 reverse at home to Everton.
To further enhance their hopes of procuring a point at least, the Canaries have only been bested once in four meetings with Southampton, finding the net at least twice in as many of their last four visits to St Mary’s.
They’ve notched multiple goals in both of their away matches thus far, at Sunderland and Rotherham in the Capital One Cup, and haven’t suffered a league loss on their travels in all of 2015.
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