After winning four of five games in all competitions, including league victories over Everton and Watford, the Canaries have since gone three without taking maximum points.
Palace were held to a draw at Carrow Road before inevitable defeats to Man City (4-0) and Liverpool (3-1), as they now find themselves back at the foot of the table, having played at least one game more than each of their relegation rivals ahead of the midweek fixtures.
Southampton have pulled clear of the drop zone over the last few months, with just a single defeat across their past nine league games.
That was inflicted on the road by an impressive Wolves outfit and having won four of the nine games over this period, including victories in both clashes against bottom-seven sides (Brentford and Everton), they’ll hope to continue their climb up the table.
On home turf alone, the Saints have lost just once this season, though they’ve been hampered by a large number of stalemates as seven of 12 clashes have ended level.
Only two of these saw them emerge as winners by a minimum two-goal margin, and with nine of the 12 games featuring fewer than three goals, we certainly wouldn’t expect them to run away with proceedings.
Norwich +1 Asian Handicap
Norwich may have been outclassed in their last two against Man City and Liverpool, conceding three second-half goals against them each, but their improvement under Dean Smith has been noticeable.
Whereas they had looked dead and buried, they do still retain an outside shot at survival, and will take encouragement from recent wins away from home at Charlton and Wolves in the FA Cup, as well as Watford in league action.
Excluding encounters with the top eight in the table (those realistically vying for European football next season), Norwich have only lost twice in eight league games now (W4-D2-L2).
All but one of these games have come since Dean Smith took over the reins, so they appear worthy of getting behind on the Asian handicap to at least keep themselves in the clash until the end.
NORWICH +1 ASIAN HANDICAP