Everton vs Norwich City -Preview
– Six of the last eight meetings between Everton and Norwich City in all competitions have ended as draws.
– Norwich have won just one of the last 11 Barclays Premier League meetings against Everton (W1 D6 L4).
– The Canaries’ last win at Goodison Park, in 1993, saw Efan Ekoku become the first player to score four goals in a BPL match as they won 5-1.
– Everton midfielder Gareth Barry has made more starts in the competition than any other player, 572, one more than David James.
Referee: Lee Mason Assistants: A Garratt, D Eaton Fourth Official: S Attwell
NORWICH City captain Russell Martin believes his side are fully capable of taking points from Barclays Premier League heavyweights Arsenal when they visit the Emirates Stadium on Saturday (5:30pm).
The defender is back in contention for selection by manager Alex Neil, having fully shaken off the virus which kept him out of City’s meeting with Sunderland a fortnight ago.
In an exclusive interview with canaries.co.uk at Colney Training Centre on Friday afternoon, Martin said: “Every game is huge now, and we won’t treat any game as bigger than any other.
“We’re well aware of how tough it’s going to be at Arsenal but we need results. We need to pick up as many points as possible, and that includes from this game.
“We’ve still got a massive chance of being in this league next year and that’s what it’s all about. We’ll go there with a gameplan and hopefully it will pay off.”
City have generally fared well against the top teams this term; Martin memorably scoring in a 1-1 draw away to Liverpool in addition to leading the team to a historic 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The Canaries also deservedly took a point from their home clash with Arsene Wenger’s Gunners earlier in November, something Martin pinpoints as an indicator of potential success in the capital.
“Against the bigger sides so far this season we’ve always been in the game,” the 30-year-old explained.
“That’s something we’ve spoken about, and we also played extremely well against Arsenal at home. It’s going to take the same effort again when we go down there.
“We’ll work extremely hard and with a bit of luck will get a positive result. Most importantly, we’ve got to concentrate on ourselves.
“We’ve got four games left to make sure we stay in this league. It’s down to us to ensure we do that.”