Norwich City vs Bristol Rovers Prediction & Key Stats | AI Predicts | 6th January 2024

The Carrow Road will host Norwich City taking on Bristol Rovers in Round 3 of the English FA Cup. Norwich is winless in three games and will be looking to start the FA cup campaign with a win against their league rivals. Sit back and relax as we and the AI predict the winner of this game at the end of 90 minutes.

Norwich City Recent form

Norwich’s recent festive celebrations have quieted down after a three-match winless streak. They suffered 1-0 losses to West Bromwich Albion and Millwall at the end of 2024. However, they managed to salvage a draw against Southampton on January 1, thanks to a goal by substitute Joshua Sargent. Currently sitting in 13th place in the Championship, there is only a five-point gap separating them from the playoff spots. Norwich aims to avoid another early exit from the FA Cup, a tournament they have never won or reached the final in. With a strong record at Carrow Road, having gone unbeaten for five games, Norwich appears to have an advantage over Bristol Rovers, who have struggled defensively.

Bristol Rovers Recent form

Furthermore, languishing in the anonymity of the middle of the League Two table, Bristol Rovers have demonstrated a remarkable ability to score goals in their journey through the FA Cup. They have managed to find the back of the net an impressive 11 times in their first two encounters against Whitby Town and Crewe Alexandra. After a dominant 7-2 victory over Whitby, they conceded two goals in the second round against Crewe but responded with four goals of their own, securing a 4-2 win and advancing to the third round for the fourth time in the past five seasons.

Unfortunately, Bristol Rovers’ recent history in the FA Cup has been less than stellar. They have suffered defeat in each of their last five matches at this stage of the tournament, failing to progress beyond the third round since their quarter-final appearance in the 2007-08 season. Their year did not start well as they were narrowly beaten by Wycombe on Monday night.

Despite their opponents being reduced to ten men, Bristol Rovers were only able to score twice in added time through Chris Martin. These late goals proved to be too little too late, resulting in a 3-2 loss. This defeat marks the tenth consecutive game in which Matt Taylor’s team has both scored and conceded goals.

The team’s defensive vulnerabilities are particularly evident in their away matches, where they have conceded at least two goals in five of their last six games. They now face a daunting task as they head to Carrow Road on a four-match losing streak against Norwich. Norwich emerged as 3-0 victors in their most recent encounter, a League One clash in May 2010.

Norwich City vs Bristol Rovers Key Stats

  • On 6th January 2024, Norwich City faces Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup, with the last encounter resulting in a 5-1 win for Norwich City.
  • Out of the 2 previous meetings, Norwich City claimed victory in both, while Bristol Rovers have yet to secure a win, recording no draws between them.
  • Norwich City’s home performance stands at an average level, while Bristol Rovers exhibit a commendable away form.
  • Matches between Norwich City and Bristol Rovers have seen an average of 4.5 goals, with both teams scoring in half of their encounters.
  • In this season’s FA Cup, Norwich City has maintained a home average of 2.2 Points Per Game, while Bristol Rovers secured an average of 1 Point Per Game in away matches.

AI Predicts Winner of Norwich City vs Bristol Rovers

We gave the stats, recent head-to-head game facts, and current form of both the teams to Natural Language processing AIs (ChatGpt and Bard), and here are the results.

ChatGPT’s prediction 

“Based on the historical performance and current trends, Norwich City appears poised to secure the victory. They have a consistent track record against Bristol Rovers, showcasing better home form this season in the FA Cup compared to Bristol Rovers’ away performance, suggesting a potential win for Norwich City.”


Bards’s prediction 

“Despite Bristol Rovers’ impressive away form in the FA Cup (1 PPG) and decent overall average goals in past meetings (4.5), Norwich City’s historical dominance in their head-to-head encounters (2 wins out of 2) and slightly better FA Cup home form (2.2 PPG) should secure them the victory. Expect a potentially high-scoring affair with the chance of BTTS (50% historically).”

Our Experts Predict Winner of Norwich City vs Bristol Rovers

Bristol Rovers have been highly effective in their attacking strategy this winter, but their defensive weaknesses persist and are likely to be exposed by a determined Norwich team looking to correct their past mistakes this weekend. Wagner should consider making some changes to his team, as they will most likely encounter a strong defensive lineup from Bristol Rovers. However, we still anticipate an easy victory for Norwich.

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