As we approach the business end of the season, the two week break from action has provided the perfect opportunity to take stock and plot Norwich City’s survival strategy.
With 24 points on the board, Alex Neil’s men require 16 points from their final 12 matches to hit that magic 40 point mark.
It’s a dangerous game to start predicting where the points are going to come from but if City can keep things ticking over until the end of March, April will provide a serious opportunity to get points on the board.
Three home games against Sunderland, Newcastle and Watford are surrounded by trips to West Brom and Crystal Palace.
It’s imperative for City to head into that run on the front foot but with a trip to Leicester City tomorrow and a resurgent Chelsea visiting Carrow Road on Tuesday, it’s not going to be easy.
No-one would have thought we’d be heading to Leicester in late February to take on the team top of table, but the Foxes’ meteoric rise is something City must draw inspiration from.
There are not enough superlatives to describe Claudio Ranieri’s side this season but most impressive is the way their success isn’t built on having the best players, but by working hard, believing and playing to their strengths.
Before West Ham, much was made of City’s tactics, and it will be interesting to see if Neil backs his attacking philosophy against a side who can punish opposition on the counter attack; as we saw to devastating effect earlier in the season.
For that reason, Alex Tettey’s return is vital and he must screen City’s back four.
With all the plaudits going Leicester’s way this season, and City on a run of one point from six matches, wouldn’t it be so typical of Norwich to pick up three points tomorrow?
We can live in hope.