Can Norwich beat the drop?
Norwich City opinion: The Canaries must avoid relegation of they are to continue improvement
Norwich City host Reading this Saturday hoping to clinch all three points to steer them a step closer to Premier League survival.
The Canaries have had another fantastic season in the Premier League beating the likes of Manchester United at home and Arsenal, but now the real hard work starts this weekend against the ever-sinking Reading.
A lot of City fans are still upset with the departure of now Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert, and wasn't sure of the appointment of Chris Hughton, but Hughton has proved there is life after the man that guided Norwich City from the bottom of league One to back to back promotions back to the top flight.
Lambert will always be regarded at Carrow Road as one of their greatest managers, but now Norwich have entered a new era under Hughton and have performed very well again this season.
Their away record however, is definitely a worry, but with three home games left out of their remaining five games, Norwich will be looking to get at least nine points from their home games which should be enough to secure their third season in the Premier League.
Reading had a good home game last weekend against Liverpool even though it ended 0-0. The Royals will be motivated and ready for their challenge against the Canaries in hope they can start to pick up points they desperately need to try and get out of the bottom three, but as they're on 24 points, 10 points from safety with five games remaining, they'd have to win all five games to stay up, which in all probability will not happen. Stranger things have happened though.
If Norwich City do beat the drop to secure their place in next season’s Premier League, I can only see great things in store for the Canaries. Dutch international striker, Ricky Van Wolfswinkel is on the way this July.
He's a natural goal scorer and has proved that with hat tricks for his current club Sporting Lisbon. That is a great capture for Norwich and will add much-needed quality to the forward line.
But even with Van Wolfswinkel already on board, Hughton will still have to sign a few more quality players if Norwich are to establish themselves as a mainstay in the top flight.
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