Paul Merson predicts result of Everton clash against Norwich City
Everton travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich City on Saturday (15 January), and Paul Merson reckons the rock-bottom side could emerge with all three points.
The Toffees have struggled to get going despite some of their injury returns, and the Sky Sports pundit has predicted a defeat for them in his Sportskeeda column.
Norwich are winless in their last eight league games, while Everton have won just once in their last 12 league games, so both sides would fancy their chances of victory at the weekend.
Merson said while predicting a 2-1 win for Dean Smith’s side: “This is Norwich City’s cup final. If they don’t win this game, it’s curtains for them in the Premier League this season. Both teams are all over the place at the moment, but there’s more at stake for Norwich than Everton.
“I watched Everton against Hull City and they weren’t good at all, so I think this could emerge as a winnable game for the home side.”
Rafa Benitez cannot afford to lose to a side that have managed to win just twice in 20 games in 2021-22.
While they have won just three more games, the Blues definitely have more than enough quality within their ranks to get a win.
They have not won as many games as fans would have liked, but Norwich are not expected to be a problem for them, and anything apart from victory on Saturday will be a massive disappointment.
Benitez is struggling to get into the good books of the fans, and failing to meet their expectations in games like these would not do his chances with them any good.
The Canaries know they do not have a lot of games left to rescue their campaign, and it is why they will be giving their all against the Merseysiders.
Victories against Brentford and Southampton would have them believing that they can go toe to toe with any team in the bottom half of the table, and it is why anything is possible against the Blues.
A win for Norwich will not particularly shock a lot of people, but Everton have to be winning these types of games if they want to keep their slim chances of finishing in the European zone alive.