Norwich vs Burnley – Match Preview
As far as ends to a Premier League season go, Norwich’s current offering has been a rather meek one and after suffering seven straight defeats, it is no surprise that the East Anglian outfit have suffered the fate of relegation.
Although Daniel Farke’s men have not necessarily disgraced themselves, they have been lacklustre in front of goal and with an average of just 0.72 goals per game, it is little wonder that a return to the EFL Championship now beckons.
You only have to look at their form in front of goal in recent times, as testament to the above and with just one goal scored in their last half dozen outings, it comes as no surprise that they have been the rank outsiders in each of their last seven matches.
A role that they will once again have to play when Burnley make the visit to Carrow Road and with questions regarding the long-term future of Sean Dyche remaining, could this be his penultimate game in charge of the Clarets.
Burnley fans will hope that this is not the case, but when you consider that the gravelly voiced tactician has been in charge for over six years, there is a sense of what else can be done within the confines of Turf Moor.
Take into account that Burnley have finished seventh just two years ago and you can consider that either an overachievement or the level they want to be at and if it is the latter, then this season may prove to be something of an overall disappointment.
With that said, Burnley will still be looking for a top-half finish at the end of this campaign and with each higher place they finish up the table, it means the more prize money they will earn for their efforts and that could bode well for any potential new manager.
There is a sense that Burnley have perhaps the highest ceiling possible and just being on the fringes of the Europa League race is perhaps their optimum standing, especially when you look at how detrimental their actual European exploits turned out to be.
With a smaller squad than many, it was one campaign too many and one that almost threatened the Lancashire men with a very real threat of relegation during the first half of the season – a threat, they warded off once having exited the Europa League.
Norwich would love to dream of European football, but instead it is the nightmare of a return to the English second tier and with no points in seven, all the signs point to an eighth straight league defeat this Saturday.
The last time these two sides met in league, was back in September 2019 and it was a game that saw Burnley come out on top. However, did at least record victory in the 4th Round of this season’s F.A. Cup competition.
Then again, it is league points which is on the agenda this weekend and with Burnley being priced at +130 on the moneyline, that signifies an incredible piece of end of season value, something that you definitely be a part of.