Saturday's match against Norwich City will mark the 53rd meeting between sides. Everton have the slight advantage going into the game having won 21 games (40.4%), although Norwich aren't far behind with 15 wins (30.8%) whilst the other 16 (28.8%) all ended in a draw.
The largest victory in a league fixture between the two is 4 goals. The first time this happened was 6th December 1986 as Everton ran out 4-0 victors at Goodison park with goals from Neil Pointon, Paul Power, Adrian Heath and a penalty from Trevor Steven. The other time this margin of victory occurred came 26th September 1993 in the second premier league season as Norwich won 5-1 at Goodison Park, despite Paul Rideout giving the blues the lead, Efan Ekoku scored 4 goals before Chris Sutton put an end to the scoring for the canaries. Outside of the league, on the 18th February 1995 Everton won 5-0 in the 5th round of the FA Cup thanks to goals from Limpar, Parkinson, Rideout, Ferguson and Stuart which is the largest victory overall.
Norwich's last win against Everton came 19 years ago on 21st March 1994 in a 3-0 victory at Carrow Road following their 5-1 win at Goodison Park. Ian Culverhouse, Chris Sutton and Mark Bowen scored the goals that day as Norwich thrashed Everton for a second time that season.
Everton's last win against Norwich came 2nd February 2005 at Goodison Park, as in typical style that season Everton won 1-0, though the only goal came from an own goal by Gary Doherty. The last win at Carrow Road came in the same season 23nd October 2004 in a thrilling 3-2 encounter as Kevin Kilbane and Marcus Bent gave the blues a 2-0 lead which was pegged back with goals from Leon McKenzie and Damien Francis before Duncan Ferguson headed home 18 minutes from the end.
Since then there have only been 3 matches which have all come since Norwich were promoted,in the 2011-12 season. All three have ended in draws. Last season at Carrow Road, The match ended 2-2 as Everton were pegged back from leads twice thanks to Wes Hoolahan and Grant Holt whilst Nikicia Jelavic scored a brace for the toffees. This seasons encounter at Goodison Park ended 1-1 as Everton conceded an injury time equaliser as Sebastian Bassong cancelled out Steven Naismith's opener.Why Norwich fans don't particularly like Everton
You may or may not know that some Norwich supporters still hold a grudge against Everton after 28 years. in the 84-85 season, having already won the league title, the cup winners cup and lost the FA Cup final to Manchester United, Everton fielded a weakened side which put in a lacklustre performance in a 4-1 defeat at Coventry City in the penultimate game of the season. Norwich City went on to get relegated by 1 point behind Coventry City. There are some Norwich fans who still blame Everton for their relegation that season.Norwich City
Norwich started the season horrifically with 4 defeats and 3 points after 7 games before beating Arsenal 1-0 on 20th October 2012. After beating Arsenal they went without defeat for another 9 league games, the last game of the run in a 2-1 home win against Wigan on 15th December 2012. Since that game they've not won a single match having lost 5 games in their last 10 whilst the other 5 ended in draws.
Norwich have been struggling for goals of late having scored just 1 goal in their last 6 games. Things have improved defensively however since Bassong returned to the side following their 5-0 defeat at Anfield having conceded just 1 goal in their last 3 games. the last 2 ending in 0-0 draws.
The Norwich faithful haven't been blessed with entertainment in the league this season at Carrow Road. The 13 home games have resulted in 5 wins, 5 defeats and 3 draws. Norwich have only scored and conceded 14 goals in 13 home league games too. They have the 7th best home defensive record in the league. They also have the 4th worst home attack in the league.Everton
According to the stats, Everton are the 6th most attacking side in away games in the league this season with 18 goals, only bettered by Manchester City (19), Liverpool (22), Tottenham (24), Chelsea (25) and Manchester United (28).
Everton Also have the 4th best defence in away games having conceded just 16 goals in 13 games. Swansea (15), Manchester City (13) and Arsenal (11) are the teams ahead.
Everton have won 2, Drawn 3 and lost 1 in the league in 2013 and have scored and conceded 7 times. This puts Everton 8th in the current form table showing the distinctly average form the toffees are in which is dampening spirits of a top 4 finish. However, the last premier league defeat to Manchester United was still just the fourth defeat Everton have suffered in the league this season.
Victor Anichebe scored his 7th goal of the season against Oldham Athletic in the cup on Saturday in his 20th appearance of the season on his 14th start. In this time he also has 6 assists to his name meaning he's played his part in 13 goals in 20 appearances this season. Should he feature on Saturday, it will be the most appearances he has made in a season since the 2008-09 season (31). This season he has started more matches than in any other season in his career.Injury News and Suspensions
Grant Holt - Back Injury - No return date
Anthony Pilkington - Hamstring Injury - 23/02/13
John Ruddy - Hip/Thigh injury - 17/03/13
Seamus Coleman - Hip/Thigh injury - 23/02/13
Tony Hibbert - Calf/Shin injury - No return date
Victor Anichebe - Knock - No return date