Norwich City vs. Burnley Prediction, 7/18/20
Still dreaming of European soccer for the next season, 10th-placed Burnley will try to extend their unbeaten run to seven consecutive games while paying a visit to Norwich City, who have already been relegated from the Premier League. Kick-off - at 12:30 PM ET on Saturday, July 18.
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Norwich Lose Eighth Straight
Norwich City recorded eight consecutive league defeats for the first time in their history after being edged out with a count of 1-0 by Chelsea away at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. The Canaries gave up 68% of the ball possession, were outshot 22-2 and failed to register a single attempt on target, shooting blanks for the 10th time in their previous 12 EPL contests. The team has now dropped a club-record 25 league games in a single season and has already been officially relegated from England’s top tier for the following campaign, sitting at the very bottom of the league with a W5 D6 L25 record.
Finnish striker Teemu Pukki leads Norwich with 11 league snipes, but has failed to find the back of the net for 12 consecutive outings. Goalie Tim Krul, meanwhile, resides 2nd in the EPL with 121 saves. He has collected five clean sheets in 34 games this year and gives up a marker every 50 minutes of play. The Canaries have buried the absolute lowest amount of goals during the ongoing campaign (26) while taking the 12th highest amount of shots per game (11.1). The team is 9th in both ball possession (50.4%) and passing accuracy (80.7%).
Burnley Tie With Wolves
The current unbeaten run of Burnley stretched out to six consecutive games (W3 D3) after the team posted it's third 1-1 stalemate in its past four Premier League fixtures following a home draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Turf Moor on Wednesday. After the visitors opened the scoring with less than 15 minutes remaining on the clock, Chris Wood missed an open goal with a header at the very end of the game before converting from the penalty spot six minutes into the added time. The Clarets have lost just one of their previous 14 EPL outings (W7 D6 L1) and presently sit 10th in the league (W14 D9 L13), five points off the top-six.
New Zealand striker Wood tops Burnley’s scoring table with 12 Premier League strikes. Goalie Nick Pope, meanwhile, sits 4th in the league with 116 saves. He has picked up a joint league-high 14 clean sheets in 36 games this season and concedes a snipe every 68 minutes on average. Burnley have netted the 12th highest amount of goals this season (40), while delivering the 2nd lowest quantity of shots per game (9.8). The team is 2nd from the bottom in ball possession (43.3%) and bottom of the league in passing accuracy (69.2%).
Mathematically, Burnley can still qualify for the Europa League, but will not be holding their breath much, with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspur, Sheffield United and Arsenal all ahead of them in the race for a top-six finish. Still, do expect the Clarets to give their all once again while paying a visit to Norwich City, whose relegation from the Premier League has already been confirmed. The Canaries have lost a club-record eight straight league contests, failing to score a single goal in seven of them. And while their recent performance against Chelsea oozed defensive stability, the team is bound to struggle versus one of the toughest sides in the EPL at the moment, with Burnley having already beaten Norwich in seven of their last 10 encounters in England’s two highest divisions (W7 D2 L1).
Burnley to win (+125)