Chris Hughton’s Norwich suffered a new blow to their survival hopes as they were beaten at home by Fulham, and the Canaries face an even tougher task 48 hours later.
This time they are facing reigning champions Manchester United, who have seriously raised their form over the last few weeks.
And while the hosts desperately need points to arrest their descend in the Premier League standings, their opponents are still hoping they can mount a serious title challenge.
Having shown a great deal of character to come from two goals behind and record a 3-2 victory over Hull City, the Red Devils have rightly been made 3/5 favourites to win at Carrow Road.
David Moyes’ side have now won five straight fixtures in all competitions and even if they are eight points adrift of Premier League leaders Arsenal, Manchester United can be backed at 14/1 for title defence.
The Scottish manager faces a defensive crisis ahead of the trip to Norfolk, with Phil Jones and Rafael both sidelined and Antonio Valencia missing out through suspension.
This could see either Fabio or Smalling start at right-back, while the return of influential midfielder Michael Carrick is seen as a huge boost for the Red Devils.