The first home game is upon us. All summer the Stadium of light has been undergoing a makeover, gone are the pink seats and we can now enjoy the brand new Fan Zone which boasts a big screen, live music, mini football pitches, activities and an array of questionable food options such as the Pulled Pork Sundae. But it's last weeks performance that will leave a bitter taste in the mouth.
Martin Olsson and Kyle Lafferty are also both still out with shoulder and knee injuries respectively. Other than that Norwich can boast a fully fit squad,
Previous League meetings
- The Black Cats have not beaten the Canaries in any of the last four meetings (D2, L2).
- Norwich have scored just once in their last six visits to the Stadium of Light.
- Sunderland haven't won their opening home league match of the season since 2007, when they beat Tottenham 1-0.
- The Black Cats conceded the joint-highest number of home goals in last season's Premier League.
- Lee Cattermole has been booked in 14 of his 29 Premier League appearances since the start of last season, more often than any other player.
- Norwich have lost seven of their last eight Premier League games.
- The Canaries have conceded 26 goals in their last 12 Premier League matches.
- Norwich won 13 games and 44 points away from home last season, the highest total in the Championship.
- Nathan Redmond has scored four goals in his last five appearances for Norwich.
Last week’s result against Crystal Palace outlined perfectly for Norwich fans the difference between the Championship and Premier League. Despite outplaying the Eagles for large periods we found ourselves on the end of a comfortable loss. We may have had a beautiful Cameron Jerome over-head kick disallowed and a stonewall penalty appeal waved away but it was Lewis Grabban’s two missed opportunities in the first half that cost us. As we learnt two years ago, if you can’t score in the Premier League, you won’t be around for long.As such, Norwich need a striker, pronto. We’ve been linked with Roma striker Mattia Destro, which looks like a shrewd piece of business, but also Dwight Gayle, who is no better than the forwards we already have. Thus far, our pre-season has been somewhat underwhelming, with Robbie Brady and Yousouff Mulumbu being the two stand-out pieces of business. If you saw Match of the Day last week though, you’ll know that our defense can be a disaster, and so a centre-back is the one thing we’ve needed all summer. No news on that front yet, which is worrying.Despite this, Norwich fans are positive. We came up and stayed up four years ago and we intend on doing so again. We’ve got a new, actually competent manager now, too, unlike our last Premier League campaign. This season may be a struggle but if we survive it, we’re here to stay this time.