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Match Preview: Norwich City

All of the pre-match build-up in one place ahead of Saturday's match at Griffin Park

26 January 2018

The Bees go after their third win in a row this weekend when Norwich City visit Griffin Park. Brentford have gone 13 unbeaten at home in the league this season and won five of their last six in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Opposition

After a reasonably strong start to the season, Norwich's form took a dive in late October with three succesive defeats. Derby, Wolves and Bolton all overcame them before they finally rescued a point at home to Barnsley. 

When they lost to The Bees on 22 December, Daniel Farke's men completed a run of only one win in 10 games. Lasse Vibe's brace was enough that day despite Nelson Oliveira getting one back in stoppage time. 

Since then, Norwich have taken 11 points from a possible 15 in the league and taken Chelsea to penalties in the FA Cup Third Round. A marked improvement in their form will surely see Brentford given a tough test this weekend.

Team News

The last two games have seen the same 18 players make Dean Smith's matchday squad but Henrik Dalsgaard and John Egan are pushing to regain their places after getting minutes for the B Team this week.

Norwich added three players to their squad on Thursday; Moritz Leitner, Dennis Srbeny and Onel Hernandez. This week also saw the addition of midfielder Kenny McLean from Aberdeen.

Heading the other way, Alex Pritchard went to Huddersfield Town as Cameron Jerome moved to Derby County. The squad that arrives at Griffin Park on Saturday are sure to show changes from the side that lost to The Bees in December.

The Manager

Daniel Farke took over at Carrow Road in the summer after two years as Head Coach of Borussia Dortmund II. Farke's playing career was dominated by three spells with SV Lippstadt 08, the club with whom he started his managerial career in 2009.

The 41-year-old spent six years with SV, earning back-to-back promotions from the Westfalenliga to the Regionalliga West, the fourth tier of German football. In 2015, Farke took over from Huddersfield-bound David Wagner at Borussia II, a position he held until May this year when he headed to East Anglia.

Pre-Match Views

Dean Smith: 'I expect them to be different from Carrow Road'

Opposition View: David Freezer of The Norwich Evening News

Florian Jozefzoon: 'We will only be satisfied when we reach our goal'

We Meet Again: Norwich City

Ticket News

You can still buy Match Tickets for tomorrow's game with Adults from £25, Seniors £19, Young Persons £17 and Juniors only £8.

A price increase comes into effect at 10am on Saturday morning, so secure your seat for the early price online here.

Betting Preview

Principal partners LeoVegas have a range of markets on tomorrow's game. Check out their wide range of markets here.

Match Coverage

iFollow Brentford will be on air from 2.30pm on Saturday as Mark Burridge hosts Matchday Live. He will be joined by Marcus Gayle and Nathan Caton.

Download the Official Brentford FC App to get notifications direct to your phone, plus all the latest news, views and reaction from the game. Visit the Play Store or iTunes App Store now to download.

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