Norwich City (2/1 – Top Promoted Side) are back in the Premier League after a one-year absence and although it could be another battle against relegation, there seems to be a better chance of the club staying up this time.
Hopes for the New Season
The decision to stick with Farke for the 2020/21 campaign proved to be the right one for the Canaries, who won the Championship and secured an instant return to the Premier League.
Norwich have made some good additions to their squad, adding strength in every department, and there is every chance they could avoid relegation, which Betfred are offering at 8/11.
Farke’s men need to ensure they tighten up at the back, an area that affected them badly in the 2019/20 campaign, while they need to be clinical in the final third when chances come their way.
Arrivals and Departures
Milot Rashica – Werder Bremen – £9.9m
Ben Gibson – Burnley – £8m
Dimitrios Giannoulis – PAOK Salonika – £6.75m
Pierre Lees Melou – Nice – £5m
Angus Gunn – Southampton – £5m
Billy Gilmour – Chelsea – Loan
Emiliano Buendia – Aston Villa – £35m
Mario Vrancic – Stoke City – Free
Philip Heise – Karlsruher SC – Free
Marco Stiepermann – Released
Orjan Nyland – Released
Moritz Leitner – Released
Teemu Pukki (2/5 – Top Norwich Scorer) and Todd Cantwell will both have to be on top form if Norwich are going to survive this season, but the club’s star man could come in the shape of Billy Gilmour.
Joining on a season-long loan from Chelsea, the Scotland international’s stock has risen over the past year and he could be an integral part in midfield.
The fact the Blues haven’t allowed the 20-year-old to leave permanently shows how highly thought of he is at Stamford Bridge, and his stint at Carrow Road will help continue his development and progression.
Daniel Farke will have learned a lot from Norwich’s Premier League campaign in 2019/20 and the fact he guided club back into the top flight at the first time of asking says a lot about his character.
The Canaries play good football, there is no doubt about that, but Farke is likely to be more savvy with his tactics this season and adopt a more defensive-minded approach against higher-level opposition.
Expect a similar aesthetically-pleasing approach from Norwich against the teams in and around them, which should yield some good results, while a more reserved style will be deployed in the hope of snatching points against the big boys.
Last season – 1st (Championship)