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Tuesday 23 September K.O. 19:45



Goodison Park | 17th December 2011 15:00

Everton v Norwich City

Team News (new)

Midfield trio Jack Rodwell, Royston Drenthe and Leon Osman all missed the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal last Saturday and David Moyes will be hopeful to have at least one of them back against Norwich.

Former Blues striker James Vaughan has been restricted to just three appearances since signing for Norwich in the summer and will miss the return to his former club with a knee injury.

Defensive pair Daniel Ayala and Ritchie DeLaet are also sidelined.

Form (new)

Back-to-back wins have been followed by consecutive defeats for Everton, losing to Stoke and Arsenal by the odd goal in the last fortnight.

In fact four of the Blues' eight league losses this season have come by a 1-0 scoreline.

Norwich moved into the top half of the Premier League with a 4-2 win over Newcastle United at Carrow Road on Saturday. Victory over Everton would be the second time this season that Paul Lambert's side have recorded successive league wins.

The Canaries have won just once in seven attempts on the road this term - a 2-1 victory over Bolton at the Reebok Stadium back in September.

Match Stats (new)

1. Saturday is the 50th meeting between the teams in all competitions, with Everton leading the head-to-head record with 21 wins against 15 for the Canaries.

2. The last meeting between the two sides was in February 2005 when Gary Doherty's own goal was enough for a 1-0 victory for Everton at Goodison.
3. The Blues have won the last five meetings between the clubs, including two in the FA Cup in
1995 and 2004.
4. Seamus Coleman requires one more appearance to reach 50 for Everton in all competitions.

Last Meeting (new)

EVERTON 1-0 NORWICH (Wednesday 2 February 2005): Everton maintained their charge towards the Champions League with a narrow victory at Goodison Park. Canaries 'keeper Robert Green made superb saves from Kevin Kilbane and Lee Carsley but Gary Doherty's own goal was enough to give the hosts a crucial three points.

Classic Match (new)

NORWICH 2-3 EVERTON (Saturday 23 October 2004): The Blues edged a five goal thriller at Carrow Road in 2004 after letting a two goal lead slip. Kevin Kilbane and Marcus Bent fired the Blues ahead before goals early in the second half from Leon McKenzie and Damien Francis. But Duncan Ferguson scored the winner for the visitors as they conitnued their impressive start to the season.

What They Say

SEAMUS COLEMAN on Norwich's season so far: “They are playing the way they did in the Championship last year which is good to see and it definitely won't be an easy game. It'll be tough for us and we'll be hoping to win."

PAUL LAMBERT (Norwich manager) on front pair Steve Morison and Grant Holt: "Morison's been in brilliant form for us since the start of the season," Lambert said. "Grant, in two and a half years at this football club, has been massive for us. The goals the lad gets are typical number nine striker's goals and the two of them are a handful. It wasn't so long ago the pair were playing League Two football."

Us And Them (new)

Current Canaries John Ruddy and James Vaughan have both had spells at Goodison Park before joining Norwich.

Ruddy's only Blues appearance came as asubstitute in a 1-0 win against Blackburn after goalkeeper Iain Turner was sent off in the opening 10 minutes of the game.

Vaughan became Everton's youngest ever goalscorer when he netted on his debut against Crystal Palace in April 2005, aged just 16 years and 270 days.

Other than that the likes of Dave Watson, Matt Jackson, Joe Royle and Graham Stuart have enjoyed spells at both clubs.

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