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Match Preview: Norwich City vs Brentford

All the info ahead of tomorrow's trip to Carrow Road

26 October 2018

Thomas Frank takes The Bees to East Anglia tomorrow with Norwich City the opponents. Below you will find all the match info and build-up as Thomas looks for his first victory as Head Coach.

THE OPPOSITION

Talked about as promotion challengers in each of the last three seasons, this season looks like it could be The Canaries best chance of ending their three-year exodus from the top flight of English football. 

Daniel Farke's arrival in the summer of 2017 preceded massive upheaval at Carrow Road and ended in an ultimately disappointing 14th placed finish last season. However, judging by Norwich's recent run of form it looks like the work put in last campaign has acted as a solid foundation for a run at the top six this time round. 

Norwich's summer was dominated by the departure of a host of key player. James Maddison and Josh Murphy made the jump to the Premier League with Leicester City and Cardiff City while Wes Hoolahan retired and Angus Gunn returned to parent club Manchester City.

Despite all that, City go into tomorrow's game on a run of six wins in eight Sky Bet Championship games. By no means have Farke's side been spectacular this season; all but one of their league wins have come by a single goal and their nine home goals is comfortably inside the bottom third of the division, however, they have been consistent and found ways to win when needed. 

Summer signing Teemu Puki has quickly become a fans favourite, netting six goals in 13 games since joining, while at the other end of the pitch Tim Krul has been earning rave reviews since he swapped Brighton for Norwich in July.

TEAM NEWS

Chris Mepham returns from suspension for tomorrow's trip but The Bees are still sweating on the fitness of defender Julian Jeanvier after he missed the last two games with a foot injury. Emiliano Marcondes and Marcus Forss will however both miss out through injury. 

On a more positive front, Josh Dasilva came through 90 minutes for Brentford B on Wednesday night while Rico Henry returned from a 13-month absence in the same game, playing 45 minutes. 

For The Canaries, top scorer Pukki is set to miss out with a hamstring problem as is Louis Thompson who suffered a dislocated shoulder late on during Norwich's win over Aston Villa on Tuesday. 

THE MANAGER

Daniel Farke took over at Carrow Road in the summer of 2017 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 boss David Wagner at Borussia II, a position he held until May last year when he headed to East Anglia.

HEAD TO HEAD

Brentford wins: 22

Draws: 9

Norwich City wins: 25

LAST TIME OUT

Two Romaine Sawyers assists for two clinical Lasse Vibe finishes, that was what it took to wrap up the three points on our last visit to Carrow Road

TICKET AND TRAVEL INFO

There will be Pay on the Day from the Carrow Road Ticket Office, cash only:

Adults (18-64) £25
Seniors (65+) £15
Under 18 £10
Under 12 £5

MATCH COVERAGE

Mark Burridge is your host for Matchday Live from 2.30pm at Carrow Road, he'll be joined by Simon Ratcliffe and Ciaran Brett to take you through the game's action.

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