With a former youth team coach in charge for the final five games of the campaign, a team low on morale after taking four points from a possible 24 and a nightmare run-in, the reasons are stacking up on why Norwich look a fine bet for relegation.
Four of their remaining five games are against opposition currently camping in the top-flight’s top six, with the other arguably the biggest fixture in the club’s most recent history.
This ‘other’ game also comes next, with Norwich visiting Craven Cottage knowing that a victory over Fulham would in all probability secure their safety at the expense of their opposition.
No pressure on Neil Adams then, although he is in a no-lose situation in any case as if Norwich are relegated then the sacked Chris Hughton will still be blamed, while if the Canaries retain their Premier League status, he will be the hero of the hour.
However, given that Fulham have won all five of their showdowns against Norwich at Craven Cottage this century and both since the summer of 2012 by an aggregate scoreline of 8-0, backing Adams to get off to a winning start looks optimistic.
Fulham’s odds to beat Norwich again are 23/20 and should they obtain this result, they will move to within two points of the Canaries with four league games remaining.
After facing Norwich, Fulham have further winnable home games with Crystal Palace and Hull, who in all honesty have little to play for now, while the same can be said from their away visit to Stoke.
This is far easier than Norwich having to host high-flying Liverpool and Champions League-chasing Arsenal, which sit alongside visits to Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford.
Therefore, those wanting to back Norwich to be relegated are advised that the 2/1 on offer for Fulham to stay up is the more profitable option, with the final bottom-three spot seemingly between this pair.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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