Norwich City and Sunderland look set to serve up a closely-fought contest when they clash at Carrow Road on Sunday afternoon.
Both Norwich City and Sunderland will be looking for their first wins of the Championship season after only managing draws in their opening games. The Canaries beat Swindon Town 3-2 in the League Cup on Tuesday evening, meaning that they have two more days to prepare for this weekend’s clash than Sunderland who defeated Bury 1-0 last night in the same competition.
Norwich haven’t been too busy during the summer transfer window but they have waved goodbye to the likes of Steven Whittaker, Jacob Murphy, Jonathan Howson and Graham Dorrans over the past few weeks. They were held to a 1-1 draw with Fulham in their opening game of the new season with Nelson Oliveira salvaging a point for the Canaries with a goal in the 88th minute and whilst they will be hopeful of fighting their way into the play-offs towards the end of the season, in all honesty we feel that anything more is beyond them as things stand.
For their part, newly-relegated Sunderland were utterly abysmal in their 2016/17 Premier League campaign under David Moyes and new boss Simon Grayson certainly has a tough job on his hands to lift them back into the top-flight. The Black Cats could only grind out a 1-1 draw at home to Derby County last weekend and with the likes of Fabio Borini, Sebastian Larsson, Jordan Pickford and Jermaine Defoe now elsewhere, the omens don’t look too good as regards an immediate return to the Premier League.
The last meeting between these sides saw the Black Cats win 3-0 at Carrow Road fourteen months ago, however the Canaries look a more complete side this time around and for that reason we’ll be backing the hosts to collect all three points. Sunderland were utterly awful in 2016/17 and we believe that they need a few seasons before making the jump back to the top-flight and this will be highlighted when they leave Carrow Road with nothing for their efforts this weekend.