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Norwich City: Predicted XI vs Southampton as Teemu Pukki benched [Opinion]

Norwich City: Predicted XI vs Southampton as Teemu Pukki benched [Opinion] - Norwich City News

Norwich City need all the points they can get to avoid relegation in the restart of the Premier League as they start off at Carrow Road against Southampton.

Will Norwich survive relegation from the Premier League?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Daniel Farke’s team currently lie rock bottom of the top flight table having accumulated just 21 points all season, six points off of potential survival with just nine games left to play.

On the other hand, the Saints sit relatively comfortably in 14th place and are seven points clear of the relegation zone.

With arguably not much to play for, the Canaries will be hoping that they can pounce on a potential lapse of concentration from the south coast side and will be fresh off the bat of beating Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur in a friendly game as part of their preparations.

Both Mario Vrancic and Josip Drmic scored in that match and may be pushing for starts ahead of the fixture, which could spell bad news for Teemu Pukki.

The 30-year old has been somewhat of a revelation in the 2019/20 season so far with 11 goals and three assists in 29 appearances in all competitions, according to Transfermarkt.

However, the Finnish international has not found the back of the net in his last seven in all competitions, meaning that Farke could look to take him out of the limelight and give Drmic a go up top following his strike in the friendly.

Vrancic also showed what he could do from set pieces by scoring a free-kick, and may replace Alex Tettey in the starting 11 from their last game against Sheffield United, in which he achieved the most tackles out of his teammates and a higher overall rating than the 34-year old despite only coming off the bench, as per Sofascore.

Grant Hanley also started that match but will be injured alongside fellow central defender Christoph Zimmermann, meaning that Timm Klose could make a dramatic return alongside Ben Godfrey given that he is physically prepared after his previous injury woes according to Farke.

Three changes may be made in total from the match against the Blades, as NCFC look to chase three precious points.

Norwich fans, do you think you can get three points against Southampton? Comment below!


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