Norwich City has not had the greatest start to the Premier League this season. With the amount of money they spent on strikers you might have expected goals not to be as hard to come by as they have been for Chris Hughton and the Canaries.
Since the 5-1 defeat at Anfield against Liverpool the side from Norfolk are undefeated; that said Swansea were the highest placed side during that time. The biggest plus from that period was the fact they only conceded the single goal which will be a good boost as Fulham visit.
Norwich and Southampton both made significant investments during the preseason, yet it would be considered Southampton are doing miles better than Norwich. The fact is that although Southampton did race ahead, they are now only five points ahead of Norwich going into Boxing Day.
Fulham has their own problems coming into this fixture. New Manager Rene Meulensteen had a brief success against Aston Villa at the beginning of the season, but defeats have been the rule rather than the exception.
Conceding eight goals in the last two games is not the kind of seepage you want at the back when you are trying to get a foothold in the League as you try to get out of the relegation zone. A win at Carrow Road on Thursday will go someway to easing the fears of the Fulham faithful, but I think whichever way this result goes, the real difference to Fulham can and should be made in January.
Jason Bardwell is a Soccer writer for Rant Sport. You can follow him on Twitter @PACityboy or on Facebook.