Day four of our football experts’ predictions: Survival or bust for Norwich City

Jacob Murphy of Norwich City prepares to make his debut as a substitute replacing his twin brother Josh Murphy during the 1-1 FA Cup third round draw with Fulham at Carrow Road in January. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Jacob Murphy of Norwich City prepares to make his debut as a substitute replacing his twin brother Josh Murphy during the 1-1 FA Cup third round draw with Fulham at Carrow Road in January. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Thursday, February 20, 2014
8:54 AM

What’s more straightforward than predicting the future? Our panel of fans, columnists and correspondents tell us how Norwich City’s season will end.

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For Day One of our predictions from chief Norwich City writer Paddy Davitt and City fan and columnist David Powles click here.

For Day Two of our pundits predictions from Norwich City correspondent Michael Bailey and Sport Editor Chris Lakey click here.

For Day Three of our predictions from journalist Mark Armstrong and City fan and columnist, ex-City striker Iwan Roberts click here.

What the pundits predict:

• Darren Eadie – ex-City winger

(City’s score first)

Feb 23 Tottenham Hotspur (H) D 1-1

Mar 2 Aston Villa (A) L 0-1

Mar 8 Stoke (H) W 2-0

Mar 15 Southampton (A) L 1-2

Mar 22 Sunderland (H) W 1-0

Mar 29 Swansea (A) D 2-2

Apr 5 West Brom (H) W 1-0

Apr 12 Fulham (A) D 1-1

Apr 19 Liverpool (H) L 1-3

Apr 26 Man Utd (A) L 0-2

May 3 Chelsea (A) L 0-2

May 11 Arsenal (H) L 0-2

Points picked up: 12

City’s final tally: 37 - SAFE

Will City survive, how and why? Darren says: Staying up by the skin of our teeth. Home form all important with the supposed winnable away games against teams we don’t normally fair too well against in Villa and Fulham. In the final four anything can happen. Keep the faith, hold on tight - it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

• Angela Sharpe – City fan

(City’s score first)

Feb 23 Tottenham Hotspur (H) D 1-1

Mar 2 Aston Villa (A) L 0-2

Mar 8 Stoke (H) W 2-0

Mar 15 Southampton (A) L 0-3

Mar 22 Sunderland (H) W 2-1

Mar 29 Swansea (A) D 2-2

Apr 5 West Brom (H) W 1-0

Apr 12 Fulham (A) W 2-1

Apr 19 Liverpool (H) L 0-4

Apr 26 Man Utd (A) D 1-1

May 3 Chelsea (A) L 0-2

May 11 Arsenal (H) D 1-1

Points picked up: 16

City’s final tally: 41 – SAFE

Will City survive, how and why? Angela says: Yes City will survive but only by the skin of their teeth. Securing some crucial points at home will be the only way they stay up and the fact other teams around them will struggle. I do think it will go down to the last game of the season – and it won’t be like last season when we were home and dry with games to go! If they continue to create chances, the goals will start to go in (I hope!).

Tomorrow: Columnist & commentator Chris Goreham and City fan Steve Gedge give their verdicts.

What do you think? Leave your predictions using the comment section below

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27 comments

  • Still leaves Iwan as the Welsh Wizard of Wishful Thinking! All good nattering material, but it`s about what the team does on the pitch. With our appalling goalscoring record thus far, it`s difficult to see where any City scores greater than 1 are coming from. Credit where credit is due, though. Hughton has improved the balance of the team; when he joined, the defence was weak. Now the attack is too.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • You`ve had a very interesting life so far, M333. Linda Lusardi; so near yet so far! Grrrrrh! I`ve met a few "famous folk", mainly politicians, but I`d rather have had Linda Lusardi in my bed any old day. Awesome. I`m glad we are of an accord on the clinically clichéd Chuckle Brothers. Should have been called Chuck-Up Brothers. One politician I met was the then Minister of Agriculture, Nicholas Soames, a leviathan descendant of Winston Churchill, and a pompous a**e to boot. He was presenting Awards at a Hop Farmers` event. Upon being introduced to me, he said "and what do you do, Jonny?" I replied "I brew beer, what do you do, Nicky?". He was quickly de-introduced by the sycophantic Master of Ceremonies. My forelock is sacrosanct. A veritable virgin of a forelock.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Matt do you work in the office of a theatrical logistics company and get to do exciting things for them when you're not in the office and on overtime plus exes?

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Comment: With the measured reproval of an enlightened headmaster and the wordsmithery of the great Fwank Muir, you're on fire today, Gek. Kudos from your disciple, Wijs. The above comment was written 12 hours ago and rejected as "0ffensive". What do you think, O Wise One ?

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    User Removed

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • lets be honest. The sanders coaches barely make it out of Norfolk let alone high in the sky. Talking of in the sky, one of my former players just messaged me clearly living in clouds. Sky sports are reporting "Holland National coach Louis Van Gaal has announced that he is looking to land a post in England after the World Cup". Told him no1 dream on.....never eeeeever coming to NCFC and no2 just because we have two dutch players does not mean he is instantly a candidate. If McNally pulled that off it be the single greatest achievement anyone has ever achieved....getting Louis Van Gaal to manage a championship side ;)

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • No Brew ,Palmers is Greek not Green. My spot is Winchmore Hill ,near to where Cliff used to live.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Or maybe Lady Barnet ? I did once purloin an Airfix model from Woolies back in the 60's.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • I really hope I'm wrong but I consider it a very real possibility we on only get 3 or 4 points from here on in....

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    GossVolley

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Negative on the insurance company front sharky my friend. The technical term for what I did for the Chuckle Brothers Mad Brewer was "unload there stupid lorry at the Britanian Theatre, supply them with custard pies and clean all the mess up again". Yes while the youth of today sit at home playing games consoles and oddly taking pictures of themselves in a mirror. I at there age was working for two of the unfunniest children entertainers around. Lifes just not fair! Working there though did provide some great times though meeting all kinds of celeb, topped off with Linda Lusardi once sleeping in my bed, The fact I was forced to sleep on the sofa as a result isnt the point! Wont say alot more regarding my job as you'll never guess in a million years. Only minor clue ill say is times have changed. Footballers and that sort would never need to come and see me these days where as in Mr Stringers era we would be very popular with that sort. Anyway as Mr Paul Lambert would say....its not about me....its about the team and im certainly very off topic ha

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • I think your celebrity is well-deserved, Matt. When you "hang up your boots" in the locker room in the sky, I will press for a blue plaque above the door of your birthplace. People will flock from afar in Sanders coaches to gawp in admiration. Brewer will be one of them, albeit in disguise. Meanwhile your prolific erudition continues to be music to my ears, especially when your posts are prefaced by a cheery "ha ha". You seem like a decent fellow. Perhaps YOU could take Brewer's place at the Fat Cat and I'll buy you a pint next time my numbers come up. MB himself sadly can't make it....too busy rubbing Winston Churchill's relatives up the wrong way.

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    User Removed

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Remember seeing Fleckie and Zema Abbey (not together) in the bookies some years ago. Maybe this is where Matt works ? Can I play Ted Moult in What's My Line ? The farmer from Ticknall.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Do you have any influence at Ruin Towers, el dingo? I know you`re a close pal of The Padster. I`d like to develop waclor`s idea and recreate, on Mustard TV, the old Panel Game "What`s My Line". We could then all make a concerted effort to find out by what mysterious means Mattias makes his mealticket. I bagsie being Gilbert Harding, Wac, ol` pal, YOU can be Lady Isobel Barnett. Michael Bailey could take the Chairman role (was that originally Seamus Android?). Such potential fun. My current theory is that Mattias `works` in the Box Office at the Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe. The theatre`s closed down but nobody told Matt. But, hey, let`s rejoice in all the pleasure we get from his always interesting and good-natured comments. You see, Barking Wijs, I am his No.1 psycho- fan (aka sycophant).

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Gosh, friendly attempt to continue conversation with Steely blocked. This is getting pathetic, Archant. Steely, that "Is Palmer really green" was an ancient gag from `Mad` magazine. Too tired to retype all the blocked stuff. Another day, another ethering.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • That`s too, too much to me, M333. Just one more desperate, forlorn shot at it before we get serious and revive "What`s My Line", or bring in Columbo. The Chuckle Brothers were terminally unfunny, ergo you were their scriptwriter! ;-) Easy peasy. I love tangents. Nice and juicy; ideal fruit for someone on the periphery. Btw, I hope you are enjoying your celebrity Matt, ol` buddy!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Oh - you felonous fellow, Steely! Poor Lady Barnet surely did not deserve the muck she got from the press for that slip? I`m surprised BP2 has not commented yet on the forelock issue. Of course, he could be masquerading as somebody else, eg Don Giovanni. Ooh, he is a Juan! Barnet, Enfield and Ponder`s Green were all on my `patch`. And Palmer`s really is Green. Weird.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • el dingo; `The Marquis of Granby`, Harlow. Is that a McMullen`s pub? I vaguely remember visiting it about 15 years ago. (On business!). Always got lost in Harlow `cos it all looked the same to me. Likewise Milton Keynes & Welwyn Garden City. If you tried to stop and read a map in any of those places, a Jam Sandwich would appear as if by magic, and the Blue Nasties contained therein would move you on, or else. Might`ve been a Greene King pub. Fading memories to match the rest. :-( I`m sure you`d make a superb Ted Moult, Steely. As long as Mattias is `The Subject`. (PS, just stopped the draught around one of my windows with a yard of masking tape). Eat your heart out, Ted!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • this is becoming tiresome, Doncaster rovers isn't so bad in February on the past 11 games for heaven sake face facts

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    Dave

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Anyway, Waclor`s got Lady Barnet`s part. I am Gilbert, so there!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • I wish I'd been in on this conversation, its probably the best one yet. Fact: Linda Lusardi was born in Palmers Green. Fact: Its 4.20 on Saturday morning, and I hope no one's already spotted that. Fact: I worked for a few years in Winchmore Hill. Fact: Tolkein's dead marshes were inspired by Mortlake[think about it]. Fact: The novelty of predicting all these results is just a smokescreen to get people talking about What's my Line. My particular line is that we'll get relegated, and can people please stop talking about Isobel Barnet in such a derogatory manner. Surely she didn't say that did she, oh goodness no, she was so pure.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • I think I may be Pondering my End now. :-((

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Brew I used to know several of the ECN journos many years ago and sometimes played against (not for) them 6-a-side at the UEA in an early-mid 1990s league. Some of my mates (ECN but non-journos) played in the league for a different side, needed a keeper, and that was me. Beyond that I have no influence at Archant HQ at all - only a negative one actually as I have the feeling the Head Honcho does not care for my input, even when I do the decent thing and input the input on a private basis. I have never met Paddy Davitt in my life and am probably far too hard on him - I just don't like his style. I was Sports Ed of an Essex local at 22 and worked two shifts a week on The Sun Sports Desk on top of my day job in the 1980s. Then I did other things! I'd love to see us stay up am as loyal as anyone on these Boards but I wonder if Hughton deserves it. And that's a low feeling. Cheers bud. PS Linda Lusardi used to drink in the Marquis of Granby (who I played for, wow!) in Harlow. Trouble is so did her boyfriend:( Glenn Hoddle popped in now and again too.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • The fact everyone (myself included seem to be going for ANOTHER thumping at home against Liverpool, it does make me wonder whether this time......yes this time is the time we will avoid a Suarez masterclass. Sunderland, Stoke & WBA at home are the big 3 we MUST win. Lose them and you have to consider the managers position as well as the clubs future in the premier league. Win those 3 and get what we can from the away games and we have a chance. Add the potential to get a shock result somewhere against a Spurs or Liverpool at home maybe? Who knows? Im trying to be optimistic by the way. Doesn't suit me, ok then were doomed. You happy now! Could be worse....I could be an AFC fan an have paid over £90 to watch my side have there pants pulled down at home against the mighty Munich! Ouch

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • As I have seen both Fleckie and Zema Abbey in the local bookies a few years back then I must assume that Matt works in one of those establishments. Maybe Dave enjoys a flutter during his retirement. Re. What's My Line can I be Ted Moult ? I have a broad Norfolk Derbyshire accent. Poor old Lady Barnett would have to be played by Richard Madeley ,if you get the connection.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • 333....Its got to be that big Insurance company in the great city of Norwich.

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    sharky

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • I don`t know `London` that well, Steely. I worked in Mortlake, SW14 for 3 years and existed in a bedsit in Barnes, SW13. Consolation was in the eccentric superstars that enjoyed more salubrious conditions in that area. Willoughby Goddard, the immense (in every sense) actor who played Gesler in the old William Tell TV series. He used to sit on two bar stools in a Barnes boozer and hold court. His tipple was a Carlsberg Special\Watneys Export Gold Shandy. Pints, approx 8% ABV. Also around there was Edward Woodward - I suppose he would be wouldn`t he? A Sarstedt (Peter or Robin?) record "Chinese Restaurant" seemed to be on the radio all the time. Surrounded as I was with `Laundromats and Chinese Restaurants`, it was a life-style anthem. North of London was part of my territory when I was a Cask Marque Assessor - had about 100 McMullen pubs in Herts, Essex, Bucks & Mddx. A few Wetherspoons too, one a converted cinema in Ponder`s End. (or was it Palmer`s Green?). The nearest places I got to your neck of the woods were Amersham and High Wycombe.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • haha not even remotely close. In the past however I have worked within the theatre industry. Infact through that two of my previously employers have been Barry & Paul Chuckle....aka the Chuckle Brothers. Thats certainly going to throw you off on a tangent. Too me, Too you.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Talk of the devil (or god in my eyes) Mr Dave Stringer has just walked into work again. Sadly the local Swansea fan got to him first while I was on the phone and is now telling him lots of truly awful unfunny jokes regarding our great football club.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

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