With the 2019/20 fixtures released on Thursday this week, we're building up to the big day by profiling the new additions to the Premier League, starting with Championship winners Norwich City.
Norwich City were the dominant force in last season’s Championship, winning the title by five points from Sheffield United, and finishing 11 points clear of third-placed Leeds United.
The Canaries spent most of the season at the top of the table, and sealed their return to the top-flight with a 2-1 home win over Blackburn in their penultimate game, although promotion was all-but-secured by that point anyway.
Their return to the Premier League following a three-year absence was powered by top scorer Teemu Pukki, with the Finland international scoring 29 times in his 43 league appearances following his arrival on a free transfer in the summer of 2018.
Unsurprisingly, that incredible goal return earned the 29-year-old former Schalke, Celtic and Brøndby star the Championship Player of the Season prize, while he was joined in the Team of the Season by defenders Jamal Lewis and Max Aarons, with the latter also winning the Young Player of the Season award.
Norwich’s promotion was masterminded by Daniel Farke, who was appointed as their head coach two years ago.
After a rebuilding season in 2017/18, the German boss had his team positioned for a shot at promotion in 2018/19, and his players did not disappoint, as their high-energy, attacking style of play reaped dividends.
Farke, who previously had been in charge of Borussia Dortmund II, signed a new deal in March, tying him to the club until 2022, and he will lead the club back into the top-flight this term.
– Southampton forward Nathan Redmond was signed in 2016 from Norwich, where he was something of a hero, scoring in the 2-0 win over Middlesbrough in the 2015 Championship play-off final as the Canaries secured their previous promotion to the Premier League.
– Saints coach Craig Fleming is another man who holds iconic status at Carrow Road, having made close to 400 appearances for them from 1997 to 2007. Fleming, who played as a defender, was voted into the Norwich Hall of Fame in 2003.
– The clubs have been involved in two of the all-time great Premier League matches, with Saints famously winning 5-4 at Carrow Road in 1994 as they somehow avoided relegation – Matt Le Tissier’s hat-trick and Ken Monkou’s last-gasp winner the highlights – and then when Southampton won again, this time 4-3 at St Mary’s, in April 2005, although Henri Camara’s dramatic late winner wasn’t enough to save his team, with Norwich also relegated that season.
PREVIOUS THREE MEETINGS
January 2017: Southampton 1-0 Norwich (Long) (FA Cup third round replay)
January 2017: Norwich 2-2 Southampton (van Dijk, Yoshida) (FA Cup third round)
January 2016: Norwich 1-0 Southampton (Premier League)