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Norwich City will face Fulham this Boxing Day at Carrow Road, looking to pick up all three points and steer well away from the relegation zone.

Norwich City are unbeaten in their last four matches and will look to heap more misery on a Fulham side who have only won once away from home this season.

Norwich have had a tough start to the season, after manager Chris Hughton was allowed to spend big this summer at Carrow Road. Club record signing Ricky Van Wolfswinkel, who was bought for £8.5m, has only scored once for The Cannaries and has had a injury hit start to his Norwich career.

But one loss in five matches for Norwich have seen them move up the table and six points away from the relegation zone. Victory could see them move into the top half of the table if other results go their way.

Fulham have had a poor start to the season. Currently sitting in 19th place in the Barclays English Premier League, they have only managed one away win from home this season.

Their poor form saw Martin Jol get sacked, and the new man at the helm Rene Meulensteen will be looking to engineer only their second away win of the season, but one win in five matches suggests Fulham will have a tough time at Carrow Road.

The Match:

Norwich City versus Fulham

December  26th, 2013

Venue: Carrow Road

Kick off: 15:00 GMT

Team News:

Norwich City welcome back Ricky Van Wolfswinkel and Robert Snodgrass from injury. While midfielder Johnny Howson will undergo a late fitness test. Defender Russell Martin missed the match against Sunderland due to a sore ankle but could return against Fulham. Anthony Pilkington, Elliot Bennet, Alex Tettey all remain long term casualties.

Fulham have injury worries to their defence as the manager will look to patch up a leaky defence that has conceded eight goals in their last two matches. Injuries to Phillip Senderos, Brede Hangeland and Matthew Briggs has left defensive resources limited for Rene Meulensteen. Dimitar Berbatov will undergo a late fitness test after suffering a groin injury.

Possible Starting Line Up

Norwich City:

John Ruddy, Steven Whittaker, Sebastian Bassong, Michael Turner, Martin Olsson, Bradley Johnson, Leroy Fer, Nathan Redmond, Johny Howson, Wes Hoolahan, Gary Hooper

Fulham:

Martin Stekelenburg, Sascha Riether, Aaron Hughes, Fernando Amorebieta, John-Arne Riise, Alexander Kacaniklic, Scott  Parker, Steve Sidwell, Giorgos Karagounis, Ashkan Dejagah, Dimitar Berbatov.

Key Player

Norwich City:

Leroy Fer.

Fulham:

Scott Parker.

Match Stats:

* Fulham have won nine and lost none of their last 12 games in all competitions against Norwich City.

* 23 of Dimitar Berbatov's 93 Premier League goals have been scored in December, at least 10 more goals than in any other month of the year.

* Norwich City have never scored a goal in a Premier League game on December 26th (Four Matches).

Match Prediction:

Norwich City 2-0 Fulham

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