They might currently be six points above the drop zone but manager Chris Hughton knows his Norwich City side face two season-defining matches in the coming weeks in a bid to preserve their Premier League status.
With an eye-watering four-game relegation run-in that features matches against Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal respectively, the Canaries know they must collect points against both West Brom and Fulham if they’re to extend their three season stay in the top flight.
With such a gruelling end of season schedule the 3/1 on Norwich to go down makes plenty of appeal.
Ladbrokes go 1/4 the East Anglian outfit stay up but those odds could dramatically lengthen if Norwich fail to beat their nearest rivals.
A recent 3-0 reverse away at Swansea was symbolic of the club’s fortunes this season having recorded a valuable victory over Sunderland in their previous game.
And given these inconsistencies achieving a positive result in their next fixture at home to fellow strugglers West Brom is by no means certain.
Following the visit of the Baggies is a potentially tortuous trip to take on Fulham. While the Cottagers may already appear doomed, the west Londoners relish hosting Norwich and if they’re still up for the survival fight they could drag the Canaries deeper into the mire.
Norwich were famously relegated at Craven Cottage on the last day of the 2003/2004 season following a 6-0 capitulation and have failed to win in any of their subsequent three visits, shipping 10 goals in the process.
One of those encounters was a 3-0 FA Cup Third Round Replay hammering earlier this term and a repeat of that outcome prior to their hellish quintet of remaining games could severely dent their chances of survival.
Of all the sides currently hovering just above the Premier League trapdoor Norwich appear to be the most vulnerable. And at the current odds it’d be wise to invest in their downfall sooner rather than later.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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