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Match Preview: Norwich City vs Brentford

The build-up to tonight's Carrow Road clash

3 March 2021

First hosts second this evening at Carrow Road as the Sky Bet Championship's top two meet in front of the Sky Sports Cameras. Norwich City have a seven-point cushion at the head of affairs but we head to East Anglia looking for a third straight league success. All the build-up to tonight's big clash can be found below.

THE OPPOSITION

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Norwich City's last five seasons in the second tier, stretching back to 2010, have read promoted, promoted, eighth, 14th, promoted, and they look well on their way to adding a fourth promotion in six attempts this time round. 

Daniel Farke's side hit top spot in mid-November and, aside from a four day spell in February, have been there ever since. After 33 games of their last Championship promotion they had 63 points, this time round they already have 70 in the bank.

On home soil they are unbeaten since October, winning ten and drawing four of their last 14 Carrow Road games. They've suffered the fewest defeats in the league this term (five), are the joint-third top scorers (47), and have the third best defensive record, conceding 25 in 33 games. 

One area that Farke might want to keep an eye on as we head into the run-in is that 14 of their 21 wins this term have come by a single goal. Last month's 4-1 win over Stoke City is the only time this season they have won a game by more than two goals. 

Teemu Pukki, who scored 29 the last time Norwich were in the second tier, has 18 this time round while Emi Buendia (pictured above), a reported January target for Arsenal among others, averages 3.3 key passes per 90 minutes, 1.1 more than any other second tier player. 

TEAM NEWS

Saturday's win over Stoke City saw Christian Norgaard feature for the first time since December while Josh Dasilva and Ivan Toney both started. Pontus Jansson (ankle), Rico Henry (hamstring), Shandon Baptiste (knee), Charlie Goode (illness), and Luka Racic (back) remain absent.  

Todd Cantwell (calf) has a less than 50/50 chance of playing tonight according to Daniel Farke. Marco Stiepermann came through 90 minutes for Norwich's U23s last week while Ben Gibson returned at centre-back against Wycombe Wanderers on Sunday. Josh Martin (toe) missed Sunday's game as did Michael McGovern and Sam Byran (both hamstring) but Orjan Nyland is back in team training.  

THE MANAGER

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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 44-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 at Borussia II, a position he held until he headed to East Anglia. He followed up a 14th-placed finish during his first season with the 2018/19 Championship crown, his third promotion in seven years. 

PRE-MATCH VIEWS

⚖ Tim Robinson will be the man in charge tonight

🆚 Connor Southwell from the Eastern Daily Press previews The Canaries

THOMAS' THOUGHTS

LAST TIME OUT

HOW TO FOLLOW

Tonight's game is live on Sky Sports Action as well as iFollow for Season Ticket and Premium Seat Members. 

iFollow Match Passes to watch all the action from Carrow Road are on sale for £10 (£7 international fans)

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