Norwich City will host Southampton on Saturday in a battle of teams that are off to different starts, but hoping to secure a spot in the middle of the table by the season's end.
The Canaries have not yet won a Premier League game this season after playing to a stalemate against Everton in the opener and succumbing to newly promoted Hull last weekend.
Their opponents, however, are on a much more positive track. Southampton defeated West Brom to start the season and, after splashing the cash on record signing Pablo Osvaldo, earned another point against Sunderland.
The Saints have significantly improved upon a squad that earned promotion to the Premier League and showed enough mettle and quality to remain in it a year later. Victor Wanyama adds some steel and technical proficiency to midfield, and Osvaldo can help the already outstanding Rickie Lambert, who has yet to lose his clinical touch in front of goal.
Meanwhile, youngsters Luke Shaw and captain Adam Lallana have showed that they are continuing to develop and mature. Last season's star signing, Gaston Ramirez, did not even start last weekend.
Norwich have had a much more subdued summer and start to the new campaign. Johan Elmander, Leroy Fer, Gary Hooper and Martin Olsson have all come through the door, and all are necessary tactical additions to a squad that just barely avoided relegation last season.
Both sides played Capital One Cup matches on August 27, and both thoroughly trounced their lower-league opponents.
A second-string—but still quite strong—Southampton side smashed five goals past Barnsley, and it will be interesting to see whether Ramirez's goal earns him a start this weekend.
Norwich scored a goal more against Bury, but their concession of three goals might worry supporters before their team squares off against a very well-fueled and high-octane attack.
So when will the match be played, and how can you watch it?
The two teams will meet at Carrow Road in Norwich at 10 a.m. EDT—that's 3 p.m. GMT.
If you are reading this in America, you will be able to stream the game online for free via NBC Sports' dedicated website as long as you have an active, proper cable subscription.
If you happen to be viewing this on Bleacher Report's new UK site, BT Sport will be live streaming the match through their webpage, as long as you are a subscriber.
Watch the game, however you can—the points on offer might have serious implications for this year's relegation fight.
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