Norwich City v Everton
After scoring his seventh goal of the season last weekend against Oldham, Victor Anichebe was withdrawn at half time with a knock. Seamus Coleman has missed the last three weeks with injury while Tony Hibbert is sidelined with a long term calf problem. John Stones could return to the squad after being cup-tied at Boundary Park.
Midfielder Kei Kamara is pressing for his first start since joining on loan from Kansas City in the January transfer window. Grant Holt, who missed the draw with Fulham a fortnight ago with a back complaint, is expected to return to the squad. Anthony Pilkington could also be in contention after struggling with a hamstring problem in recent weeks.
Last outing: 2-2 (a) Oldham Athletic, Saturday 16 February
Last six: DWWDLD
Everton are bidding for what would be their first win in four matches when they travel to East Anglia on Saturday afternoon. The Blues, however, can take comfort from the fact they are unbeaten in their last three trips to Carrow Road and that a win could see them move above Arsenal into fifth position, albeit the Gunners would have to suffer a third successive defeat at the Emirates Stadium when they entertain Aston Villa.
Last outing: 0-0 (h) Fulham, Saturday 9 February
Last six: DLLLDDD
Norwich’s run of one defeat in their last five Premier League matches might sound relatively encouraging but Chris Hughton’s team have only scored once during that sequence of matches. They enter Saturday’s contest on the back of two goalless stalemates against Queens Park Rangers and Fulham, and are winless in the Premier League since a 2-1 success over Wigan Athletic in the middle of December. In a bid to boost their goalscoring problems, Luciano Becchio was recruited from Leeds United on transfer deadline day. The Argentine hit 20 goals during the first half of this season before completing his switch to Carrow Road.
1. Should Everton take all three points on Saturday, it will be the Club’s 600th away league victory.
2. Victor Anichebe needs two more starts to reach 50 in the Premier League for Everton. Whenever he has scored, the Blues have never lost – he has now netted in 23 different matches since his debut in January 2006.
3. Everton are looking to take their unbeaten run against Norwich into double figures. The Toffees last lost against the Canaries in March 1994.
Everton 1-1 Norwich, 24 November 2012
Everton conceded a late goal to take only one point from a game they should have won when the clubs met in the corresponding fixture at Goodison Park last November. Steven Naismith’s 11th-minute tap-in set the Blues on their way but they faced a much-improved Norwich side after half time. It seemed likely that David Moyes’ team were on course to hold on to all three points until Sebastien Bassong scrambled the ball over the line just as the clock ticked round to 90 minutes to earn his side a share of the spoils.
Everton 5-0 Norwich, 18 February 1995
En route to lifting the FA Cup in 1995, Everton dished out a thumping to Norwich when they visited Merseyside in the fifth round. There was only going to be one winner from the seventh minute onwards when Anders Limpar gave Joe Royle’s side an early advantage. Joe Parkinson doubled the lead midway through the first half and Paul Rideout made it 3-0 shortly after the restart. Duncan Ferguson rubbed salt into Norwich’s wounds before Everton’s five-star performance was completed by Graham Stuart shortly before the full-time whistle.
Everton have only lost once on February 23 in the last 55 years. The last two games played on this date have been Merseyside derbies at Anfield, with both matches finishing 1-1 in 1998 and 2002. Andy Gray hit a brace in a 2-1 win at Leicester in 1985, while John Hurst was on target as the Blues beat Coventry City 1-0 in 1974.
There are several big names in Everton’s history who also represented Norwich City during their career. Joe Royle ended his playing days with a two-year spell at Carrow Road in the early 1980s, where he played alongside Dave Watson who was at the start of his footballing journey. Tony Cottee played seven league matches for the Canaries in 2000, while Matt Jackson made nearly 200 appearances for the Norfolk-based club between 1996 and 2001. Mike Walker, who took charge of just 36 matches during his ill-fated six-month tenure at Goodison Park, returned to Norwich as manager after leaving Everton in 1994.
Referee: L Mason
Assistant Referee: R West
Assistant Referee: A Holmes
Fourth Official: M Clattenburg
An army of Evertonians will be heading to East Anglia after all 2,400 tickets were sold. Fans not attending the game can follow the action and listen to live commentary through the match centre on evertonfc.com or receive regular updates via the Club’s official Twitter account @Everton.
Our official online betting partner Paddy Power are offering a range of odds on Saturday’s game. Here's a selection of the best:
Everton to win: 11/10
Norwich half-time/Everton full-time: 22/1
Everton to win 3-0: 17/1
Steven Pienaar to score the last goal of the game: 10/1
Darron Gibson to score first and Everton to win 2-0: 60/1