The mere fact that the two promoted sides sit in top half of the table after 24 Premier League rounds speaks volumes about the achievements of Swansea and Norwich. The two in-form teams will now fight for the opportunity to keep their top 10 hopes alive and everything suggests we are to see a great game at Liberty Stadium.
Brendan Rodgers – the miracle worker
Never did a team take the Premier League by storm in such a manner like Swansea City did this season, and Brendan Rodgers have got to be given credit for what he has done with the Welsh side. The talented manager got the team playing the most attractive football in the top flight and at the same time guiding his side to the top of the table. Nobody could predict that top Premier League sides would fret before traveling to Liberty Stadium, but after 12 home games, Manchester United remain the only side to have picked up maximum points in Wales. The Swans recovered well from back to back defeats to Sunderland and Bolton as they shared spoils with Chelsea before bringing all three points from the Hawthorns. The fact that boss Brendan Rodgers signed a new contract at the club was seen as an additional boost, so we can expect Swansea to be at their best against Norwich.
Brendan Rodgers has no fresh injury worries and he is likely to field the same side that started the West Bromwich game.
Amazing results for Norwich
Just like Swansea, Norwich City were seen as one of the main candidates for the drop at the start to the season, but the Canaries have done brilliantly so far and they are set to ensure survival well before the final round of the season. Paul Lambert’s side are completely different than that of his Swansea counterpart as Norwich are grinding out results rather than impressing with attractive football, but the effect is the same and such an approach is likely to keep the Canaries in the elite division. Paul Lambert’s side are very dangerous from set-pieces and counter-attacks, but they lack some quality in their build-up play and it is their technical inferiority that could cost them dearly in this match. Despite everything Norwich have done this season, I seriously doubt they can stop Swansea from winning this game.
Russel Martin is expected to replace injured Daniel Ayala, whereas Steve Morison could return to the starting line-up.
Seeing that sides like Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea were all outplayed at Liberty Stadium, Swansea can be trusted to record a victory over a team like Norwich. The Canaries could cause the hosts problems in the air, but they stand no chance of stopping Swans’ slick passing game.
Our prediction: Home win
Odds: 1.91 (10/11)