Norwich City may well have harboured ambitions of returning straight back up to the Premier League at the first time of asking following their relegation last season, however such hopes are now effectively at an end.
A 7-1 thrashing of promotion hopefuls Reading last weekend was an amazing result but given that it came on the back of successive defeats to Aston Villa and Huddersfield Town, it did relatively little to boost their chances of making it into the top six.
Nine points separate the Canaries from the top six in the Championship and whilst this isn’t an insurmountable gap given that there are still five matches left to play, Norwich City’s recent form would suggest that it is game over for the East Anglians as far as this season is concerned.
Friday’s visitors Fulham are in a much healthier position and whilst they sit outside the play-off places as things stand, a win on Easter Friday could lift them into the top six should other results go their way. Just two points separate the Cottagers from sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday as we head into this weekend’s round of fixtures, however we’re not too confident of their chances at Carrow Road.
Fulham have delivered some impressive results away from Craven Cottage but they will certainly struggle against a Canaries side which are red-hot at home this season. The 7-1 hammering of Reading at the weekend was the culmination of a ten-game unbeaten run at home which included a 5-1 thrashing of Nottingham Forest and 3-0 victory over Derby County. Indeed Norwich have endured just three home defeats since the start of the season and we don’t envisage them suffering a fourth this weekend.
Fulham have been scoring prolifically this season and should manage to find the back of the net but the Canaries are certainly enjoying their home comforts this season and look set to run out winners at Carrow Road on Easter Friday.