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Match Preview: Norwich City

2 December 2016

All the info ahead of tomorrow's match at Carrow Road

Norwich City vs Brentford 

Saturday 3 December
Carrow Road 
Sky Bet Championship
Kick-off: 3pm

The Opponents

Following their relegation from the Premier League last season, Norwich City started this campaign as one of the favourites for promotion, a tag they looked to be justifying early on. August and September saw The Canaries pick up eight wins from 11 matches in all competitions to keep pace with early leaders Huddersfield Town. A heartbreaking 4-3 defeat to Newcastle United at St James' Park, where Alex Neil's side conceded twice in injury-time, looked to be just a minor blip as they returned to winning ways against Rotherham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers to move to the top of the table in mid-October. Since then, however, the wheels have well and truly come off in East Anglia. One point from six matches, and five straight league defeats, have seen Norwich drop to eighth with pressure mounting on Neil to turn things round quickly.

The Canaries boss has stuck with the bulk of the Premier League squad from last season with only four players in, and four out, over the summer. Former Brentford loanees Sergi Canos and Alex Pritchard joined Michael McGovern and Paul Jones as the new faces at Carrow Road this summer with Ricky Van Wolfswinkel [Vitesse Arnham], Jake Kean [Sheffield Wednesday], Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe [Legia Warsaw], and Jamar Loza [Maidstone] the ones to depart. 

The Manager

Alex Neil didn't take long to make his mark as a manager after hanging up his boots at the tender age of 31. As a player Neil had spells both sides of the border with Airdrieonians, Mansfield Town, and Barnsley  before returning North of the border to join Hamilton Academical. He made more than 200 appearances at New Douglas Park and helped Accies gain promotion to the Scottish Premier League in 2008.

After Billy Reid stepped down in April 2013, Neil was handed the manager's job on an interim basis before being appointed the full-time boss that summer. In his first season in charge he guided Hamilton back to the top tier in Scotland and then oversaw their first win away at Celtic Park in 76 years. Neil answered Norwich's call in January 2015 and won 17 of his first 25 games in charge to bring Premier League football back to Carrow Road. The Scot couldn't prevent relegation from the top flight at the first attempt and is under pressure now to turn around The Canaries recent slide.

The Match Officials

Referee: Geoff Eltringham
Assistant Referees: Matthew McGrath and Alix Pashley
Fourth Official: James Linington

Pre-match Views

Dean Smith: “They have hit a blip, like ourselves: It is up to us, and what we do, to make sure that we come out of that blip not them”

Daniel Bentley: "“A couple of bad results doesn’t make a bad team and it doesn’t make a bad player”

Ticket and Travel news

Tickets for the trip to Carrow Road are on General Sale now. Advanced sales end at 2pm on Friday but tickets and collections will be available from the Norwich City Ticket Office on matchday. Click here for more info.

For a visitors guide to Carrow Road click here.

Match Betting

Principal partners 888sport offer the latest odds on tomorrow's meeting.

Bees 29/10
Norwich 17/20
Draw 13/5

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Match Coverage

You can hear live match commentary on Bees Player from 2.30pm tomorrow, with Mark Burridge and Simon Ratcliffe.

There will be live match updates on Twitter from 2pm.


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