Premier League: Norwich take on Sunderland in front of Sky Sports cameras at Carrow Road
Last Updated: 02/12/12 12:53pm
Chris Hughton: Steering Norwich on unbeaten run
Norwich City will be trying to stretch out their seven-game unbeaten Premier League run when they host Sunderland in the live Super Sunday clash at 1600.
The Black Cats have won just two of their last 21 Premier League games and sit just a point above the relegation places after being held to a 0-0 draw against QPR last time out.
Sunderland have won three of the last four games between the two sides, but the omens at Carrow Road aren't as good with the away side in this fixture failing to score in six of the last seven encounters.
Both sides have struggled with finding the net this season as two of the lowest scorers in the Premier League have combined for just 23 goals so far.
Norwich's home form this season has been pretty solid though, with three wins out of six including huge victories over Arsenal and Manchester United.
With two draws also, their only blemish on that record is the single defeat coming courtesy of an emphatic 5-2 loss at the hands of Luis Suarez and Liverpool.
Martin O'Neill could find his side in the relegation zone should results go against them on Saturday, meaning even more pressure on getting a result in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
Mark Bunn will continue in goal for Norwich against Sunderland with regular shot-stopper John Ruddy out for some time with a thigh injury.
Grant Holt stormed down the tunnel after being substituted during the midweek draw at Southampton but is set to retain his place up front ahead of Steve Morison.
Chris Hughton is still checking on the fitness of Harry Kane and Russell Martin who have been missing with ankle and back problems respectively.
Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole is out with a knee injury that could put him on the sidelines for some time, with Jack Colback replacing him alongside Craig Gardner in midfield.
John O'Shea is a big doubt with a calf injury and Wes Brown remains out of action with a similar problem and has not yet played a game this season.
O'Neill will keep the rest of his line-up the same for the trip to Norfolk apart from James McClean, who is pushing for a start ahead of Adam Johnson after he impressed as a sub on Tuesday.
- 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.
- The Canaries have picked up fewer cards than any other team in the Premier League this season (12 yellows, no reds).
- Sunderland have fired in fewer shots on target than any other team in the Premier League (36).
- Grant Holt (38) has committed more fouls than any other player in the top flight.
Previous game's starting line-ups
- 1 Ruddy
- 3 Whittaker
- 6 Turner
- 5 Bassong
- 23 Martin Olsson
- 22 Redmond
- 8 Howson
- 4 Johnson B
- 10 Fer
- 11 Hooper
- 16 Elmander
Team taken from Norwich City vs Swansea City (Barclays Premier League) on Sunday 15th December 2013
- 25 Mannone
- 12 Celustka
- 16 O'Shea
- 5 Brown
- 3 Dossena
- 33 Cattermole
- 23 Giaccherini
- 7 Larsson
- 8 Gardner
- 11 Johnson A
- 17 Altidore
Team taken from Sunderland vs Chelsea (Capital One Cup) on Tuesday 17th December 2013