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Match Preview: Brentford vs Norwich City

All the action ahead of today's New Year's Day game at Griffin Park

1 January 2019

After an unbeaten festive period, Thomas Frank and The Bees will look to begin 2019 with a win as we welcome Norwich City to Griffin Park. Here's all the info you need ahead of today's big game.

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 exile from the top flight of English football. 

Norwich's summer was dominated by the departure of a host of key players. 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 today's game second in the table, two points clear of West Bromwich Albion in third. Late drama has been very much the order of the day for Canaries' fans in recent weeks with Daniel Farke's side netting five injury-time goals in their last nine matches. The boot was the other foot last time out, however, as Derby County netted in the 87th and 90th minute to grab a 4-3 win at Carrow Road on Saturday. 

Norwich have been one of the division's great entertainers this term with their last nine league games seeing 39 goals. Summer signing Teemu Puki (pictured above) has quickly become a fans favourite, netting 15 goals in 22 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 could be in line to return after missing the trips to Bristol City and Birmingham City but Lewis Macleod, Marcus Forss, and Emiliano Marcondes are definitely out. 

For Norwich, they will be without Emi Buendia, Jamal Lewis, and Moritz Leitner, the trio are all likely to be sidelined until midway through this month. 

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.

PRE-MATCH FEATURES

READ: Dave Freezer previews what to expect from The Canaries

REF WATCH: Gavin Ward has been handed today's game at Griffin Park

LAST TIME OUT

A single Emi Buendia goal was enough to decide October's meeting at Carrow Road. 

TICKET AND TRAVEL INFO

Tickets for today's game will be on sale until kick-off. For today's game, Season Ticket Holders can bring two mates to for £10 each. 

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MATCH COVERAGE

Mark Burridge is your host for Matchday Live from 2.30pm at Griffin Park, he'll be joined by Luis Melville and Marcus Gayle to take you through the game's action.

Today's game will also be available to watch live, at home and abroad, on iFollow Brentford as well as the Sky Football red button. 

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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