Manchester United's superb start to the English Premier League season has placed them in the driver's seat, but rivals Manchester City and Chelsea are right there behind United. A win for United would at least keep the point difference between the teams.
Norwich City, on the other hand, are looking get away from the bottom of the table. Not that they are in danger of relegation, but, rather, they want to grab any points they can to further distance themselves from that. On the off chance Norwich pull off a shock upset, they could even see themselves vault a few positions to mid-table.
Either way, this will be a great match between two teams that, usually, put on a good show against each other.
Where: Carrow Road, Norwich, England
When: Saturday, November 17, 12:30 p.m. EST
Norwich City: Can the Canaries Repeat Some History?
Norwich City can pull off a shocker against Manchester United.
Before anyone gets crazy, can and will are clearly two different things. However, it's not out of the question.
Norwich gave United two tough challenges in their meetings last season. United grabbed both victories, but one was due to an absolute last-minute goal by the returning Ryan Giggs and the other game saw Norwich squander a plethora of chances.
There's also a history of Norwich getting the better of Sir Alex Ferguson and United. Granted, outside of a fateful night in February of 2005, it's been a while, but Norwich has also been out of the Premier League for a while.
Last season was their first back in the top flight and they almost did it again. "If if's and but's were candy and nuts" and however the rest of that saying goes.
Joking aside, Grant Holt, who inconceivably still hasn't received an England cap yet, continues to grab goals against the "big boys." If he can grab an early one in this game, maybe they can throw United off.
Manchester United: Chicharito finally gets a start, will we see three up front?
Javier Hernandez's tremendous clutch skills this season have finally forced his way into a starting spot, and it's about time.
The Mexican striker has been great for United this season, but, due to Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie (RVP) rating above him in the pecking order, he has been relegated to "super-sub" status.
With Rooney and RVP both dealing with injuries, though, Hernandez will be given his chance to start. With van Persie still scheduled to start, that means Rooney will probably see the bench.
If they are both good enough to start, or even with Rooney coming on as a sub, why not play with the three of them up front? The pure attacking quality of those three would sure offset some of the defensive concerns playing with three attackers brings.
People doubted whether Rooney and RVP would work together and, so far, it has gone smoothly. Who's to say adding Chicharito wouldn't produce even better results? Then again, who's to say there is enough opportunities at goal for three strikers of their quality?
It's worth a shot at exploring.
The Canaries will battle brilliantly, but United is just too strong for them to handle. The Red Devils will pick up two early, with Hernandez scoring at least one, and sit back on Norwich in the second half. Holt will continue to show he can play with the big boys by adding one late for Norwich, but United will pull two ahead again by the end.
Norwich City 1 Manchester United 3