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Big Match Preview: Norwich City (home)

City return to Sky Bet Championship action this weekend, following successive fixtures in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.

Mid-table Norwich City are the visitors to Ashton Gate on Saturday (3pm kick-off) who are four games unbeaten in all competitions - their last defeat coming before Christmas.

Lee Johnson's side meanwhile are searching for their first win of the calendar year.

The two sides drew 0-0 at Carrow Road earlier in the season, so will there be goals at the Gate this time around?

Here’s a look at tomorrow’s opponents.

FACTFILE

Formed 1902
Nickname The Canaries
Website www.canaries.co.uk
Twitter @NorwichCityFC
Ground Carrow Road
Capacity 27,244

Honours
Football League Second Division 1971/72, 1985/86, 2003/04
Championship play-off winners 2015
Football League Third Division 1933/34, 2009/10
League Cup 1962, 1985

Last season
League finish: 8th
FA Cup: Third round, lost to Southampton
EFL Cup: Fourth round, lost to Leeds United
Top Scorer: Cameron Jerome, 16 goals
Average attendance: 26,355

HOW DID THEY GET HERE?

The Canaries are no strangers to the Premier League and weren’t far from making their return to England’s top tier at the first time of asking last season. They missed the play-offs by ten points and currently find themselves floating in midtable.

Formed in a Norwich café 116 years ago, the club were considered professional rather than amateur and they joined the Southern League.

As the club grew in size, it moved from its original ground and joined the Football League’s third division in 1920.

The club eventually moved to Carrow Road in the mid 1930s and enjoyed some of their best years following the Second World War – notably winning the League Cup, beating Matt Busby’s Manchester United en route to the FA Cup semi-finals and gaining promotion to the first division.

The Canaries were one of the original Premier League sides when it formed in 1992 and they finished third at the end of the campaign – their highest ranking to date.

They share a local rivalry with Ipswich Town, who they have played more than 100 times in what is dubbed the East Anglian Derby.

Daniel Farke is hoping to achieve promotion at the first attempt

MEET THE GAFFER – DANIEL FARKE 

Farke played the majority of his career with SV Lippstadt 08, with whom he had three spells, playing his whole career in the lower levels of German football.

The former frontman was appointed as the head coach of Norwich City last summer.

He joined the Canaries from Borussia Dortmund II on a two-year deal, having led the German giants’ reserve team to a second-place finish in the Regionalliga West in 2016/17.

Regarded as one of the most highly-rated young coaches in Germany, Farke had previously spent six years with SV Lippstadt 08.

James Maddison in action against Cardiff City

STAR MAN – JAMES MADDISON

The 21-year-old central attacking midfielder has been in fine form this season, having notched seven goals and five assists to make him the club’s joint-top scorer and leader of the assists chart.

The former Coventry and Aberdeen loanee also has a pass success rate of 87% and has been named man of the match twice, making him one to keep an eye on this afternoon.

Scott Murray was on target at Carrow Road

MEMORABLE MEETING 2007/08

Norwich City 1-3 Bristol City

City: McIndoe 48, Murray 85, Trundle 90.

Canaries: Huckerby 82.

Bristol City substitutes Lee Trundle and Scott Murray scored late goals to condemn managerless Norwich to their fifth defeat in six games.

Michael McIndoe headed into the top corner to put City ahead just after the break but Darren Huckerby restored parity when he drilled home an equaliser eight minutes from time.

In dramatic fashion, Murray restored City's lead in the 85th minute with a 30-yard shot which hit one post and then the other before nestling in.

With momentum in their stride, Trundle secured maximum points for Gary Johnson’s side with a last minute curling effort beyond the keeper from close range.

Norwich City: Marshall, Otsemobor, Shackell, Murray (Croft 67), Drury (Spillane 29), Jarvis, Lappin, Russell, Huckerby, Hartson (Martin 77), Strihavka. Subs Not Used: Gilks, Cureton.

Bristol City: Basso, Orr, Fontaine (McCombe 87), Carey, McAllister, McIndoe, Elliott, Johnson, Noble, Sproule (Murray 80), Byfield (Trundle 67). Subs Not Used: Henderson, Skuse.

Attendance: 24,125

AND FINALLY...

Referee: Simon Hooper
Assistant referees: Adam Crysell and Akil Howson
Fourth Official: Gavin Ward

Betting (via SkyBet)
Bristol City 5/5
Draw 12/5
Norwich City 21/10