Todd Cantwell scored a goal in September 2019 when Manchester City were beaten 3-2 on Carrow Road
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Following the release of the Premier League games, David Freezer takes a closer look at how the season is developing in Norwich City.

The Canaries are almost certain to have the toughest start to the season in their history, with three the five best of last season.

A repetition of 2019 pit promoted City against Liverpool, if this time at home, at least. Two years ago, Anfield rocked as the Reds celebrated Champions League glory.

Despite some encouraging style points, Norwich was beaten 4-1 after failing to take chances with a gruesome own goal from Grant Hanley.

This time around, Jürgen Klopp’s team may not be quite as terrifying after losing the Premier League title to Manchester City in an injury-ridden and unusual season, but they still managed to fight for third place.

The Canaries famously defied the chances of beating Pep Guardiolas Superstars 3-2 on home turf in 2019, but on the final day of the game a 5-0 beating rubbed salt into the relegation wounds.

Leicester and James Maddison stand for the second Carrow Road game after they had just missed the Champions League qualification before winning the FA Cup.

City actually took four points from the Foxes in 2019-20 and worked due to Daniel Farke’s attacking and possession style is regularly more comfortable against the big boys.

Then it’s Arsenal looking to recover from a disappointing eighth place and without European distractions while Mikel Arteta overhauls his squad.

A potential advantage To play four of the big boys early is to play the European Championship and the Copa America this summer, which may give their top stars minimal time to rest before kick-off.

All points are from the top four a very welcome bonus, as CIty could also start the season with a new team, sold with star player Emi Buendia, Oliver Skipp back at Spurs and probably in the meantime a lot of transfer business and August 30th. against teams that are more of a direct rival.

House collisions with Watford, Brighton, Southampton and Wolves as well as trips to Burnley, Bre ntford and Newcastle will likely dictate the narration from then on.

Teemu Pukki was on target when Norwich drew 2-2 against Arsenal at Carrow Road in December 2019
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The rest of December looks challenging, but as long as the fans are allowed to travel again until then, Tottenham and West Ham offer good pre-Christmas away days in London.

The visit of the runner-up and defeated Europa League finalists of the last Season, Manchester United often seem to bring a good fight as the Red Devils have been beaten in two of the Canaries’ last six top games on Carrow Road.

There is also a potentially painful reunion with Emi Buendia as the up and coming Villa visit and Arsenal to Norfolk on Boxing Day, with the usual festive event with Crystal Palace following two days later at Selhurst Park.

A quieter start to the year sees a trip to Leicester on New Years Day, followed by the third Round of the FA Cup and a home game with Everton over the next two weekends.

An important trip to newly promoted Watford on Saturday 22nd January will be followed by a return the two-week winter break that may end with another FA Cup draw on February 5th, followed by the arrival of. Midweek Palace.

This begins a series of home games against teams that could be direct rivals, followed by Brentford, Burnley and Newcastle, interrupted by visits to Manchester City and Chelsea.

Combined with trips to Southampton and Brighton coming back from the winter break could lead to some bang clashes.

Mario Vrancic gave Norwich the lead when Norwich drew 2-2 against Tottenham in December 2019
– Photo credit: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Ltd

A trip to Old Trafford precedes a visit to Newcastle, followed by a trip to Villa and a home fight with West Ham.

The Hammers, a bit like the last away game that follows, Wolves, are tough to understand. David Moyes’ team surprisingly secured sixth place and qualified for the Europa League. To reconcile this success with the additional demand of these European games would be enormously impressive.

Likewise, Wolves slipped to a disappointing 13th place without the injured star striker Raul Jimenez and have changed coaches. Predicting the upcoming season for both clubs is difficult, but it would be a shock to see both in the relegation mix.

It all ends with Tottenham leaving for Carrow Road in May, when City hopes their fate is already sealed – for positive reasons.

In the years 2019-20, the relegation of the Canaries was mathematically confirmed with three games remaining after a 4-0 home burglary against West Ham sealed the inevitable.

Spurs are another club with a new coach, but even if star striker Harry Kane is sold for a lot of money, Jose Mourinho’s successor is expected to move up to seventh place and chase the Champions League.

All fixtures are subject to change due to broadcast schedules so we can only make an informed judgment at this point, especially given the uncertainty of when full houses will return.

But City fans were on with the release of the games s level of challenge remembered, so anticipation can build as Farke’s team aims to build on championship success and take away some Premier League scalps.

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