Everton-Norwich City Preview

Whilst relegation is not an issue for Everton, as it is for Norwich City, the Toffees still seem a squad frustrated with their status within the Premier League.

Everton look to end a four-game league winless rut when they visit last-place Norwich on Wednesday at Carrow Road.

At the moment, Everton (10-8-12) sit 12th in the Premier League table, but within arm’s length of the top-half of the table. However, the Toffees are 0-2-2 following a 3-2-0 stretch within the top-flight. They’ve also failed to score in their last two matches, but did manage a point in Sunday’s scoreless draw against leaders Liverpool in an unique behind-closed-doors version of the Merseyside Derby.

Whilst that point is nice, it was another example of Everton’s inability to shine against the best teams in England. The Toffees have not beat their Merseyside rivals since October 2010, and are 1-1-5 against the teams currently within the top four of the league.

That remains a point of contention for Everton, who continue to underachieve within the confines of the Premier League.

“I want this club to be successful, we all need to be pushing in the right direction and giving everything we have to be part of this team going forward,” defender Seamus Coleman told Everton’s official website.

“(Competing with the division’s strongest teams) can’t be something that just happens in periods. We need to build a culture, demanding from each other in training.”

Whilst Everton remained focused on believing they can seriously compete with the best in the top-flight, they would just settle for a win against any opponent at the moment. With Norwich (5-6-19) sitting at the bottom of the table on just 21 points, one would think Wednesday presents a golden opportunity for Everton to record their first win since Feb. 8.

However, the Canaries should have some confidence of their won after beating the Toffees 2-0 at Goodison Park on Nov. 23. Todd Cantwell and Dennis Srbeny each scored for Norwich during the stunning result.

The Canaries, though, are stuck amidst a 1-1-5 stretch after falling a 3-0 loss to Southampton over the weekend. It was another moment of offensive ineptitude by Norwich, who have recorded one goal over the last six contests.

“It’s a mental challenge now,” defender Timm Klose told Norwich’s official website. “I’m positive that we can get as many points as possible in the next eight games.

“We have to look forward to the next game to win it.”

Norwich’s Teemu Pukki leads the club with 11 goals, but he has now gone six consecutive league contests without scoring. He did have an assist against Everton during the reverse fixture.

At Everton, meanwhile, Richarlison (10 league goals) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (13 goals) need to regain their offensive form that’s made them one of the top attacking duos in the Premier League. Calvert-Lewin had scored in three straight league games prior to the last two, whilst Richarlison has been held without a goal in his last three such matches.