As this unique Premier League season moves forward, the reality of relegation further continues to seep into the collective psyche of the Norwich City Football Club.
The last-place Canaries aim to avoid having their season-high, Premier League-losing streak reach five games on Saturday against visiting Brighton & Hove Albion.
Norwich’s return to the Premier League for the first time 2015-16 is likely to be only a short-term stay, albeit one extended by the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. The Canaries (5-6-21) have just 21 points on the season and been outscored 13-1 during a 1-1-6 league stretch since the beginning of February. Their lone goal over the last five matches came via Jamal Lewis in the 70th minute of a 1-0 victory over Leicester City on Feb. 28.
The Canaries also fell 2-1 to Manchester United in FA Cup play last weekend.
Things bottomed further for Norwich inside the league with Wednesday’s 4-0 loss at Arsenal in a match they trailed 2-0 just over the half-hour mark.
“It’s been a difficult season,” midfielder Alexander Tettey told Norwich’s official website. “We need to work hard and get some confidence. At the moment, it’s very difficult for the team to get confidence by creating chances.”
That was also the case on Nov. 2, when Norwich lost 2-0 to Brighton in the reverse fixture. Leandro Trossard recorded a goal with an assist in that contest.
Though the Seagulls (7-12-13) sit 15th in the table and appear to be in good shape in terms of relegation on 33 points, they’re just 3-9-9 within the league since that victory. After pulling off a stunning 2-1 win over Arsenal out of the lockdown, Brighton have failed to score over a draw at Leicester City and Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to Manchester United.
For the Seagulls, though, it’s all about looking ahead and not behind.
“The games come fast at the moment and that’s good for us in terms of being able to make up for Tuesday, and hopefully get a good result on Saturday,” Trossard, who has recorded three league goals, told Brighton’s official website.
“We have to take the good points from the United game and try to make it difficult for Norwich on Saturday.”
Seagulls star Neal Maupay leads the team with nine goals within the Premier League. However, he has just one goal over the last five such contests.
Norwich’s Teemu Pukki, meanwhile, has failed to score any of his team-leading 11 goals over his last eight Premier League games.