Norwich v Sunderland
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Match Odds: Norwich 2.56/4, Sunderland 3.39/4, The Draw 3.412/5.
This is an absolutely crucial match at the bottom of the Premier League table - and, in truth, it might be the division's final significant game of the season.
17th-placed Norwich have a four-point lead over 18th-placed Sunderland, although the away side have a game in hand. If Norwich triumph, the gap of seven points looks significant, but if Sunderland record a surprise away victory, their odds to escape the drop will shoot out. This is huge.
Norwich are now accustomed to these crunch games, having recently beaten Newcastle 3-2 in an enthralling, end-to-end scrap, before going down 1-0 at 16th-placed Crystal Palace last weekend. A frustratingly inconsistent side, they need good performances from their front two here.
Canaries forwards could cause problems
Alex Neil is unlikely to make changes from the XI which lost at Selhurst Park last weekend, which means Dieumerci Mbokani starting upfront with Steven Naismith just behind, in a 4-4-1-1 system. These two have combined very well in recent weeks, especially against Newcastle, with Mbokani a target for long balls and crosses, and Naismith marking the opposition holding player before charging forward into space.
This could be the game's crucial battle. Sunderland's Jan Kirchhoff has improved since a dreadful debut against Tottenham, but Naismith's tactical intelligence should ensure Norwich are capable of both matching Sunderland in midfield without the ball, and playing two upfront when they regain possession and launch breaks. His combination play with Mbokani is encouraging, and he's excellent at finding space in the channels.
Norwich have worked the ball particularly down the right, although they're likely to attack down both flanks here. Matt Jarvis will attack from the right with left-sided Robbie Brady possessing an extremely good delivery into the box, and Neil will be confident his players can test Sunderland full-back duo DeAndre Yedlin and Patrick van Aanholt, probably both better going forward than defending.
Gary O'Neill and Jonny Howson will keep it simply in midfield, although Howson can charge forward to join in attacks. A settled back four is marshalled excellently by Timm Klose, an inspired January signing from Wolfsburg.
Big Sam to keep it tight
Sunderland are likely to play a cautious game, despite being the side desperately in need of a victory. Sam Allardyce's side have only scored once in their last three matches, Jermain Defoe's goal at Newcastle, and need more goalscoring threat from their midfield.
Nevertheless, Allardyce looks set to continue with a somewhat functional midfield trio of Kirchhoff, Lee Cattermole and Yann M'Vila. There's little doubt Sunderland's midfielders will get stuck in, but can they provide the attackers with service?
Fabio Borini will play a hard-working role on the right flank, while Wahbi Khazri will drift infield from the left, but is in the side primarily because of his set-piece delivery. Even then, however, Sunderland aren't as threatening from corners as you'd expect for an Allardyce side, with only centre-backs Lamine Kone and Younes Kaboul a particular aerial threat.
Discipline will be crucial for Norwich - they need to ensure they don't concede cheap free-kicks, which would allow Khazri to whip the ball into the box from wide.
Norwich are inevitably favourites here, and a home victory would be significant in the relegation battle. Norwich are currently trading at 2.915/8 for the drop, with Sunderland a worrying 1.321/3. That could change dramatically, however, depending upon the result here.