Liverpool hosts Norwich City in the FA Cup 1/8 finals. The match will be played on Wednesday, March 2nd at Anfield (Liverpool)
Liverpool is certainly in a good mood. On February 27, Jurgen Klopp’s men were stronger than Chelsea in the League Cup final. The regulation and extra time ended in a goalless draw, and the Reds won the trophy in a long penalty shootout (11-10). Liverpool has played two games in the FA Cup. The Reds beat Shrewsbury Town (4-1) and then gained a confident victory over Cardiff City (3-1). Interestingly, they have not won three consecutive matches in the FA Cup since the spring of 2021. At the same time, the home winning streak in the Cup amounts to four games.
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I strongly doubt that Norwich is seriously counting on successful performances in the FA Cup. The team needs to focus on the Premier League, as it is in last place in the standings. I remind you that the Canaries have only 17 points after 26 rounds. The gap to the saving 17th place is four points. In such a situation, the FA Cup is an extra tournament for Dean Smith’s men, and they spend extra forces on it. In the last eight games in the FA Cup, Norwich suffered only one defeat (five victories and two draws). Away statistics of the club (in this tournament) are pretty decent as well. In seven games, the Canaries gained four victories and two draws and lost only once.
In the first round, Liverpool beat Norwich at home with a more than confident score of 3-1. 11 of Liverpool’s last 14 home games in the FA Cup ended with Under 2.5 goals scored. I don’t think there is any intrigue in the upcoming game. Still, Liverpool and Norwich are teams of different levels. Jurgen Klopp’s men are definitely in a good mood. Just a couple of days ago they won the League Cup. I’m sure the FA Cup is also in their plans. The Reds shouldn’t have any problems in the home game against such an opponent. The Canaries concede the most in the Premier League, and Liverpool players score the most. I think that hosts will be able to score more than twice.