After what seems like forever, the Premier League is finally back to light up our screens! In preparation for the opening weekend, Millsy’s View is going to take a look at each team and review how they have done so far, how they might perform with the remaining fixtures and where they might finish in the league.
It is obviously going to be very different, as we have already seen with the return of the Bundesliga, where the lack of fans seems to give no home advantage. Also, many teams have come back seemingly better prepared, whilst conversely, some are not so well prepared. Nonetheless, in this article, we’re going to a look at Norwich City and try to analyse how they might do.
The Story So Far
When Norwich beat Manchester City at the start of the season, it was seen as one of the biggest shocks of recent years. Teemu Pukki’s 6 goals in the first 5 games was absolutely scintillating and, following that, everyone though Norwich may well be good enough to stay up this season. Sadly, since then, things have gone awfully awry, with a notable injury crisis in mid-season in their defensive lineup meaning results took a downturn….off a cliff.
They have not won two league games in one month this season, winning once in August, September, November, January and February respectively, it’s hardly the form of a team destined to survive. Add to that the fact that Pukki has seemingly gone cold, having not scored since January, whilst manager Daniel Farke has nobly refused to change his attack-minded tactics and it is hard to see how Norwich can stay up.
To be fair to them, they did play their last 4 games against sides in the top 7 and didn’t put in terrible performances, losing 3 of them only 1-0, which has given the fans hope that they can turn things around.
What’s Coming Up?
The first game back is against Southampton, which will be absolutely crucial to Norwich’s hopes of survival, because that is a game which they must win. Following up with that, they are home again against Everton, who are, like Southampton, languishing in the bottom half, which is where Norwich are likely to see their only points this season.
They already beat Everton away so that will give the fans hope they can turn things around. After all, 6 points to 16th place is not the largest gap that has ever been closed to escape relegation so it is not impossible for them to survive.
Where Will They Finish?
This is the big question, because although they still play 5 games against sides currently in the bottom half, it is rather hard to see how they can do enough to better the teams around them by 6 points before the end of the season. Although the fans may have hope, I have to personally say that I think they need to start focusing on next season and recreating the form that won them the title a year ago.