Carrow Road

Preview: Norwich City v Sunderland

by Stuart Vose

We look ahead to Sunday's game.

Sunderland and Norwich will meet for just the third time in the league since 2006 when Martin O’Neill’s side head to Carrow Road on Sunday.

The Canaries are on a useful run of form under Chris Hughton, who took over from Paul Lambert in the summer following the latter’s departure to Aston Villa.

They are on a seven-match unbeaten run, including a 1-1 draw at Southampton in midweek as Robert Snodgrass cancelled out Rickie Lambert’s opener.

Two points and three places separate the sides in the Barclays Premier League table, with 13th-placed City holding the advantage.

Norwich’s home form has been good, with three wins from six home games. A further two games have been drawn, with only a single defeat (2-5 versus Liverpool).

Sunderland, meanwhile, notched their first away victory of the season at Fulham in their last game on the road and have taken four points from their last three games.

The Black Cats have won three out of the last four games between the two sides, including a 3-0 home victory last season featuring goals from Fraizer Campbell, Stephane Sessegnon and an own goal from Daniel Ayala.

The win came after a Norwich victory earlier in the 2011-12 campaign with the Canaries running out 2-1 winners at Carrow Road in September 2011.

Sunday’s game will be the 55th meeting between the two sides in all competitions, with Norwich holding the advantage with 24 wins to Sunderland’s 17. A further 13 games have ended all square.

Opta Facts

The away side has failed to score in six of the last seven league meetings between Norwich and Sunderland.

45% of the goals Norwich have scored have come from headers, the highest proportion in the top flight this season.

Grant Holt (38) has committed more fouls than any other player in the top flight.

Norwich have been caught offside 42 times this season, more than any other team in the top flight.

The Canaries have picked up fewer cards than any other team in the Premier League this season (12 yellows, no reds).

Craig Gardner has been booked in all Sunderland’s even-numbered Premier League matches this season (2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th &12th). This is the Black Cats’ 14th game.

Norwich are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games, winning three and drawing four.