It's crunch time at Carrow Road on Friday night as bottom of the table Norwich take on Leicester in a must-win game.


The hosts' last win at home came against Bournemouth last month, but Daniel Farke's side have now lost three of their last four Premier League fixtures, including a 3-0 thumping away at Wolves last time out. 

​Leicester, meanwhile, have failed to win in their last three league matches, and lost ​1-0 to Manchester City last weekend. They haven't won away in the league since their New Year's Day victory at Newcastle, but remain in third position, six points clear of fourth placed Chelsea. 


Here's 90min's preview of the weekend's opening game.


Where to Watch

When Is Kick Off?Friday 28th February​
What Time Is Kick Off?​20:00 (GMT)
Where Is It Played?​Carrow Road
TV Channel/Live Stream?​Sky Sports Main Event
Referee?​Craig Pawson

Team News

Norwich boss Daniel Farke will be without defensive duo Sam Byram - who looks likely to miss the remainder of the season - and Christoph Zimmermann, who both have hamstring injuries,


Onel Hernandez (knee) is unlikely to be involved, and Timm Klose is yet to return to first-team training. 

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers will have to assess the fitness of Kelechi Iheanacho, who suffered a head injury against ​Man City last weekend. 


Midfield trio Wilfred Ndidi, Nampalys Mendy and Daniel Amartey are unlikely to make the squad, but Hamza Choudhury returns from suspension. 


Predicted Lineups

Norwich​Krul; Aarons, Godfrey, Hanley, Lewis; Tettey, McLean; Buendia, Duda, Cantwell; Pukki
Leicester​Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Sõyūncü, Chilwell; Choudhury; Perez, Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy

Head to Head Record

When the sides met back in December, Norwich came away with an impressive point thanks to Teemu Pukki's goal. They could, and perhaps should, have got more from the game, after dominating for long spells.

Teemu Pukki,Caglar Soyuncu

Prior to that, it was during the 2015/2016 campaign that these two last met, with the Foxes winning both home and away. 


In fact, they have scored at least twice in their previous three away fixtures against Norwich in all competitions. Furthermore, in five of Norwich's last six home matches against Leicester, there have been over 2.5 goals. 


Recent Form

The Canaries have lost four of their previous six ​Premier League fixtures. But, since the turn of the year, they have managed draws against Crystal Palace and Newcastle, a win over Bournemouth, and FA Cup victories over Preston and Burnley. 


Leicester's recent form has not been much better. They have won just once in their last five across all competitions, and that came in their FA Cup 4th Round win over Brentford. 

Before their 1-0 defeat to Manchester City last week, they had drawn successive games to Wolves and Chelsea, and exited the Carabao Cup after their 2-1 semi-final defeat to Aston Villa.


Here's each side's previous five results in all competitions:

NorwichLeicester
​Wolves 3-0 Norwich (23/02)Leicester 0-1 Man City (22/02)
Norwich 0-1 Liverpool (15/02)Wolves 0-0 Leicester (14/02)​
​Newcastle 0-0 Norwich (01/02)Leicester 2-2 Chelsea (01/02)
​Burnley 1-2 Norwich (25/01)Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester (28/01)​
​Tottenham 2-1 Norwich (22/01)​Brentford 0-1 Leicester (25/01)

Prediction

Norwich will know that a loss could leave them as msny as ten points adrift from safety with ten matches to go.


Daniel Farke and his players will be determined to demonstrate their fight in front of their own fans, and use their relatively solid home form - just one loss from their previous four fixtures at Carrow Road - as inspiration. 

On the week of Brendan Rodgers' one-year anniversary at the club, Leicester will be keen to return to winning ways.


They will fancy their chances at doing so with a visit to the Premier League's bottom side, but as the reverse fixture suggested, it may prove more of a challenge than the difference in league standings suggest. 


Prediction: Norwich 1-2 Leicester