Norwich predicted the line-up against Arsenal


Norwich are scheduled to host Arsenal on the second day of Christmas, aiming for an unlikely result to alleviate relegation fears.

Despite a promising start to his time at Carrow Road, Dean Smith has seen his side really struggle lately. Now at the foot of the Premier League table and without a win in five attempts, three losses on bounces – including a paltry 2-0 loss to Aston Villa last time – have meant real danger for the Canary Islands.

It will not be easier on Sunday either. To give their fans something to cheer about, the hosts must overcome a high-flying Arsenal team that has won its previous four in all competitions and occupies a place among the league’s top four.

This is how Smith was able to line up for the day.

Tim Krul has kept three zeros this season / Chloe Knott – Danehouse / GettyImages

Tim Krul (GK) – Played every minute of Norwich’s Premier League campaign so far – give him a medal – and has, in the name of justice, managed three zeros.

Max Aarons (RB) – Given his undoubted potential, the 21-year-old has been somewhat disappointed this term – however, he is a steadfast side.

Ozan Kabak (CB) – Turkey’s national team player has been approved for this, after previously being considered a doubt.

Ben Gibson (CB) – Central defense is one of Smith’s hardest hit areas, so Gibson should be in line for a seventh appearance in eight games here.

Brandon Williams (LB) – Has been a constant presence during Smith – in addition to missing Norwich’s match against parent club Manchester United – and will surely continue when Arsenal visit.

Billy Gilmour should be ready for a fresh start / Stephen Pond / GettyImages

Billy Gilmour (CM) – Has started all but one game since Smith took the lead at Carrow Road and should be in line to play again.

Jacob Sorensen (CM) – Could make a third straight start after Mathias Normann was further ruled out with an injury setback.

Kenny McLean (CM) – Has not missed a match since opening day and will continue in the heart of the team for Norwich’s match-up on Boxing Day.

Not even his goal has given much hope to Norwich’s survival efforts / Stephen Pond / GettyImages

Przemyslaw Placheta (RW) – Was one of his side’s lighter sparks against Villa last time – does not say much – and should be set for a third in a row start.

Teemu Pukki (ST) – Pukki is responsible for 62.5% of the Canary Islands’ Premier League goals this semester; there is only one option at the top.

Todd Cantwell (LW) – Put on a cruel show against Villa, but despite Adam Idah and Kieran Dowell waiting on the wings, they could get another chance here.

You can read 90mins preview of Norwich vs Arsenal here. You can read Arsenal’s predicted line-up here.

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