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MansionBet Match Preview: Norwich City (H)

It’s sixth versus seventh in this Halloween Sky Bet Championship clash, with the Robins hoping to send the Canaries flying home scared in the lunchtime kick-off.

In partnership with MansionBet, here’s a preview of what you can expect from the fixture.

City are without a win this side of the October international break, following two draws and as many losses, the last of those being Wednesday night’s defeat away to AFC Bournemouth.

City hit the post and saw a Tomas Kalas header cleared off the line in a dominant first half on the South Coast, before a late sucker punch stole the win for the home side.

Certainly, carving out opportunities is not the problem for City but it’s what they do in the final third which will help them get back to winning ways.

And 64 hours later Dean Holden’s men are back to work at Ashton Gate where they will be planning for treats and no more tricks for the visit of Daniel Farke’s side. Kalas, who came out of Wednesday’s match somewhat battered and bruised, has spoken of the positives of the quick turnaround and his belief the squad can recover their form quickly.

As for Saturday’s match itself, this will be the first meeting between the teams since February 2019, when Callum O’Dowda scored a superb solo goal in a 3-2 defeat at Carrow Road. It was another key set of three points for the Canaries though, who would go on to win promotion as Championship winners come May.

But their return to the Premier League in 2019/20 was short-lived after just five league wins, and eventually a record fifth relegation from the top flight was confirmed in a 4-0 home defeat to West Ham United.

Their return to the Championship sees them in the early mix and they head to Ashton Gate on a four-game unbeaten run, consisting of three wins and a draw.

However, Norwich will wait to see if Spanish summer signing Xavi Quintilla will be fit enough to play in defence. He pulled up with a muscle strain in the warm-up pre-Brentford last time out, with Jacob Sorenson played out of his natural position to cover. And Adam Idah will not travel to BS3 as he serves the last of his three-game suspension.

As for Holden’s injury list, Nathan Baker, Steven Sessegnon and Andreas Weimann remain City’s long-term injuries, with Liam Walsh and Joe Williams continuing with their respective recoveries. Alfie Mawson has undergone knee surgery but there is no current timescale on his injury.

MATCH DETAILS 

Where: Ashton Gate
When: Saturday, October 31st, 12.30pm KO
Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Referee: Jarred Gillett
Assistants: Paul Hodskinson and Philip Dermott
Fourth official: Tim Robinson

DOWN MEMORY LANE

Bristol City 2-1 Norwich City
Ashton Gate
Saturday, March 29th, 2008
Championship

Steve Brooker's late header kept City's promotion bid alive when the sides met in March 2008.

Dele Adebola had poked City in front before Darren Huckerby's equaliser.

Brooker headed home from Michael McIndoe's cross to to send City top of the Championship.

HEAD TO HEAD*

Bristol City v Norwich City

Played: 72
City won: 20 (28%)
Drew: 18
City lost: 34

Bristol City goals: 17
Norwich City goals: 10

Bristol City top goalscorers: Paterson, Wells (3)
Norwich City top goalscorers: Teemu Pukki, Mario Vrancic (2)

Bristol City most assists: Chris Martin (4)
Norwich City most assists: Emiliano Buendia (2)

Bristol City clean sheets: 4
Norwich City clean sheets: 2

League positions:
Bristol City: 6th
Norwich City: 7th 

*All competitions unless stated

Tyreeq Bakinson went close to scoring against AFC Bournemouth
Dean Holden tried but couldn't find a way through

ROBINS TV

The match at the Vitality Stadium will be exclusively available on Robins TV for £10.

Rene Gilmartin will be on the show as a pundit and commentator, with the matchday stream starting at 7.15pm followed by all the action from the south coast.

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