Everton v Norwich City

Norwich were relegated on Wednesday despite winning their final home game.

Norwich were relegated on Wednesday despite winning their final home game.


Former Everton manager Joe Royle and David Unsworth will take charge of the Toffees’ final game after Roberto Martinez was sacked on Thursday.

Phil Jagielka and Tony Hibbert are both doubtful, while Seamus Coleman and Gerard Deulofeu are again ruled out.

Norwich manager Alex Neil could name an unchanged starting line-up for the trip to Goodison Park.

Alex Tettey, Timm Klose, Jonny Howson and Andre Wisdom remain on the sidelines though injury.


John Roder: “Presumably the mood amongst the home fans at Goodison Park this Sunday will be considerably better than it was for Everton’s last home match, following the sacking of Roberto Martinez.

“Frank de Boer has been installed as an early front-runner for the vacancy after the announcement that he is to leave Ajax. Whoever is appointed will be the first key decision since businessman Farhad Moshiri bought a 49.9% stake in the club.

“In contrast, Norwich supporters want Alex Neil to stay in charge at Carrow Road. He led them to promotion from the Championship last May, why can’t he do so again next season? Just look at what Sean Dyche has achieved at Burnley.”

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Norwich manager Alex Neil: “When you’re in a team that’s winning games consistently you can’t put your finger on what makes it quite right, but you just go into every game with confidence.

“The same applies when you’re not winning games. That’s how I felt this season for us and that’s not a good situation to be in.”


It is no surprise that Everton have sacked manager Roberto Martinez.

The majority of supporters wanted a change, and were saying things like ‘he is a nice guy but it is not working’.

Norwich boss Alex Neil has admitted he has made some mistakes but the biggest reason they were relegated is that they do not have a goalscorer.

Prediction: 2-1

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Everton have only won five of their 18 league matches at Goodison Park this season.<!–



  • Everton have only lost one of their last 11 league games against Norwich (W4, D6).
  • Six of the last eight meetings in all competitions have ended as draws.
  • Norwich’s last victory at Goodison Park was in September 1993 when Efan Ekoku became the first player to score four goals in a Premier League match as the Canaries won 5-1.


  • Everton have only won one of their last 10 league matches (D3, L6).
  • They have conceded 11 goals in their last four games.
  • Only Aston Villa (11) have won fewer points at home than Everton (20). Even if the Toffees win this game, this will be their lowest total for points at home in the Premier League since 1996-97.


  • Norwich have now been relegated from the Premier League four times, a joint high with Crystal Palace.
  • Alex Neil’s side ended a run of four successive defeats with victory over Watford in midweek.
  • They have lost eight of their last nine Premier League away matches and failed to score in seven of them.
  • The Canaries scored four times on Wednesday, as many as they had managed in their previous eight Premier League games.

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