Chance for Norwich City to wrap up one of the best home records in club’s history
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No team outside the Premier League has been more prolific in front of goal at home than Norwich City so far this season.
The Canaries are tied as the highest home scorers in the top four divisions of English football, on 41 goals from 19 games, with League Two high-fliers Stevenage.
Top-flight clubs have played fewer matches so far, so a clearer reflection of the most lethal teams on their own turf is to work out the average goals scored – which sees City edged out only by some of the country's big boys.
Premier League champions-elect Chelsea have scored 36 in 13 games at Stamford Bridge to average 2.8 goals per home game, just ahead of Liverpool who have also managed 36 but from 14 games, for an average of 2.6.
Only Spurs and Everton also sit above the Canaries and Stevenage, who have managed more than Championship promotion chasers Newcastle and Brighton.
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• 1 Chelsea – 36 (13 games) – 2.8 average scored per home game
• 2 Liverpool – 36 (14) – 2.6
• 3 Spurs – 35 (15) – 2.3
• 4 Everton – 34 (15) – 2.3
• 5= Norwich – 41 (19) – 2.2
Stevenage – 41 (19) – 2.2
• 7= Newcastle – 38 (18) – 2.1
Rochdale – 38 (18) – 2.1
Brighton – 40 (19) – 2.1
• 10= Scunthorpe – 38 (19) – 2
Doncaster – 38 (19) – 2
The statistics emphasise once more that City fans have had plenty to savour at Carrow Road this season, with only four clubs having claimed more points at home in the Championship.
It also goes to show just how much of a problem away form has been for Norwich, with only five teams managing fewer points and just bottom-of-the-table Rotherham conceding more (58) than City's 38 on the road.
While turning that horrendous away form around will be imperative to any chance of retrieving a play-off place, it does offer a home target for the Canaries players to aim for.
If they can manage another 10 goals in their remaining four matches in NR1 they can better the club's best home total of the past 10 seasons, 50 in 2014/15, and would be the best return since 51 were scored in 1985/86 by the Division Two title winning team.
The club's all-time record – of 56 in Division Three South in both 1952/53 and 1955/56 – does look to be out of reach though.
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