Leeds United-Norwich City Preview
Daniel Farke wants Norwich City to get last weekend's 7-0 defeat to Chelsea out of their system as they prepare for "a new future" that begins at home to Leeds United.
The Canaries were hit for seven at Stamford Bridge and remain bottom of the division with just two points from their first nine matches.
It has been a tough return to the top flight for Farke and his men, but City's next five games are against teams that are currently in the bottom half.
Farke is eager to see a response from his team at Carrow Road on Sunday against a Leeds side only three places better off in the table.
"It's always tough after conceding seven goals. It's a result that hurts a lot and it's pretty painful," he said. "The first days are unbelievably difficult.
"We needed a few days to pick ourselves up but since the middle of the week I got the feeling that we're not looking too much back.
"Now it's more of a focus on what we face in the future. The new future is Leeds and everyone is really focused on showing a response after losing a game 7-0."
Leeds have just seven points from their nine league matches this season, which is their worst tally at this stage since the 1988-89 campaign when they had only six.
The Whites have just one win from nine games and boss Marcelo Bielsa is not expecting an easy ride against Norwich, regardless of their most recent result.
"Teams, when they lose so heavily, they multiply the efforts so that a similar defeat doesn't happen in their next game," he said.
"Any opponent will require the same analysis because it is the Premier League and because of our reality at the moment."
Norwich City - Tim Krul
After picking the ball out of his net seven times last weekend, Krul will be hoping for a far quieter game this time around against low-scoring Leeds. The Dutchman has conceded an average of 1.64 goals per game in his Premier League career - 332 goals conceded in 202 games - which is the highest rate of any keeper with at least 200 appearances in the competition.
Leeds United - Joe Gelhardt
England Under-20s international Gelhardt has made a big impact in his first two senior Premier League appearances for Leeds, both coming from the substitutes' bench. He managed the joint-most shots of any player against Wolves (three) and had 11 touches in the opposition box - as many as the entire Wolves team - despite playing less than half an hour.
- Norwich have won four of their six Premier League meetings with Leeds (D1 L1), though this is their first game against each other in the competition since May 1995 - a 2-1 win for Leeds that confirmed Norwich's relegation.
- Leeds have lost just one of their last five away league games against Norwich (W2 D2), winning 3-0 in their last visit to Carrow Road in August 2018.
- Since their return to the Premier League last season, Leeds are unbeaten in all eight of their league games against sides in the relegation zone (W6 D2). However, they have failed to win either such match so far this season, drawing 1-1 with both Burnley and Newcastle United.
- Norwich's goal difference of -21 is the joint-worst record at this stage of a Premier League campaign, level with Sheffield Wednesday in 1999-00. Indeed, only in 1946-47 (27) have Norwich ever conceded more goals at this stage of a league campaign than their 23 shipped so far this term.
- City have not scored more than once in any of their last 27 Premier League matches, scoring just seven times and converting 2.6 per cent of their shots in that time. Only two teams in English top-flight history have had longer runs without netting more than once in a game - Arsenal between September 1912 and March 1913 (28 in a row) and Wolves between January 1984 and October 2003 (30 in a row).
Updated October 30, 2021