With ten matches left this season – Norwich City are inching closer to league records – after picking up their eighth win in the row. The club firmly moved to the soccer betting favourites to win the Championship – but it is their quest for history that will be the most interesting to follow as we enter the final ten games of the season.
After 36 games – Norwich City sit comfortably in first place with 79 points – ten points up on Watford and Swansea at time of writing (although Swansea has played one fewer match than Norwich and Watford).
The question now is whether Norwich City can maintain their winning ways and potentially set a new mark for most points in a Championship season.
The current record is 106 points – set by Reading in 2005-06. Reading finished the season with a 31-13-2 record.
Norwich City’s record after 36 games is 24-7-5. If they were to win all ten of their remaining games, they would finish the year with a record 109 points. Norwich’s margin for error is breaking the points record is quite low. One loss, and the best they can do is tie Reading with 106 points. One draw with nine wins, and they end the year with a record-setting 107 points. A draw and a loss in their final ten games, and they cannot break the record set by Reading.
Can Norwich Continue this Torrid Pace and Set a New Record?
Norwich City have a very favourable schedule over their next five matches – their upcoming opponents between March 17 and April 10 – are Nottingham Forest, Blackburn Rovers, Preston, Huddersfield, and Derby Country. None of these clubs rank in the top half of the table, and only the Blackburn Rovers have a positive goal differential.
After those five matches – is where the difficulty picks up for Norwich City. Assuming they won their last five matches – they will have to finish the year 4-1-0 against Bournemouth, Watford, Queens Park Rangers, Reading, and Barnsley.
Watford is the most challenging match on their schedule – as they are second in on the table (as of March 15) and have a comparable goal differential to Norwich City (plus 27 for Norwich, plus 23 for Watford).
Even if they can win against Watford – or at least get a result – the other four games are no cakewalk. Bournemouth, Barnsley, and Reading are all top-seven clubs – while the remaining game against the Queens Park Rangers is a rematch of a draw, back at the end of December.
It seems pretty unlikely Norwich scratches out a 10-0-0 or 9-1-0 record – end the season with the points record. Finishing with 109 points would mean they set a bunch of records, including consecutive wins in any level of league with 18 (breaking the previous record of 14 set by four clubs) and most wins in a season with 34, breaking the record of 33 by the Doncaster Rovers (back in 1946-47).
It does seem likely they win the league for the second time in three seasons – and challenging the record of 14 straight wins is entirely in the realm of possibilities. However, those final five games of the year are quite the challenge – and with such little room for error, it is most likely Norwich will have to settle for as 100-point teams joining 2006 Reading and four other clubs who have cracked the century mark since the 1992-93 season.
Norwich City to Return to EPL in 2021-22
Norwich City will return to the Premier League in the 2021-22 season – and hope for a better finish than their last appearance in 2019-20 – when they finished dead last with a 5-6-27 record and a -49-goal differential.
They will take the spot of Sheffield United, who will return to the Championship League – as they have 14 points in 29 matches this year and trail 17th place Newcastle by 14 points with nine games left.