For only the second time this year, and for the second time in 14 games, Blues go into their home match on Tuesday night (7pm KO) against Norwich on the back of a win.
What a massive three points those could be for Blues. They showed some real fight and seemed determined to win the game, and it was only great defensive interceptions from Sheffield Wednesday that stopped Blues from scoring more. Blues also had Neil Etheridge to thank for keeping the three points, with him making two fantastic saves in the dying minutes to ensure Blues kept all three points.
The result has very much papered over the cracks, with many issues still to resolve and still a long way to go, but that win could well light the fire that ignites Blues’ survival bid. Both Aitor Karanka and Harlee Dean have spoken about the players seeing the banner that was put up by the training ground, but also a video from the player’s family and friends that spurred them on. However, on Tuesday night, Blues will very much face a vastly different test, when they welcome the league leaders to St. Andrew’s.
Norwich meanwhile have had a fantastic season and rightly lead the way in the Championship. Daniel Farke has kept most of his Norwich team from their Premier League campaign together and made a few additions, with has led to them being seven points clear at the top of the table. They have only lost five games all season (joint best in the league) and have won 19 (most of any team). They come to St Andrew’s looking to extend their current winning run to four on the bounce.
Blues haven’t beaten Norwich home or away since August 2016.
Last Time Out
The Canaries absolutely dominated the reverse fixture at Carrow Road in October, and it looked like they would be forced to settle for a point. That is until Adam Clayton got sent off in the 86th minute for a second bookable offence. In a little over a minute of Clayton seeing red the Canaries struck and ensured that they would take three points from the game.
YouTube: HIGHLIGHTS | Norwich City v Blues
Zach Jeacock (ankle), Caolan Boyd-Munce (thigh) are both still out. Sam Cosgrove (ankle) is still a doubt.
Daniel Farke has said that Ben Gibson is “95 percent” unlikely to be involved in the squad for Tuesday’s game, as he is struggling with a minor back problem.
Orjan Nyland, Marco Stiepermann, Sebastian Soto, Michael McGovern, and Sam Byram are all still not available.
Current Form – Last 6 Games (in all competitions)
Head-to-Head… Blues wins: 23 Draws: 23 Canaries wins: 25
Last four meetings between Blues and The Canaries…
Championship 20 Oct 2020 – Norwich City 1 Blues 0
Championship 18 Jan 2019 – Norwich City 3 Blues 1
Championship 04 Aug 2018 – Blues 2 Norwich City 2
Championship 26 Dec 2017– Blues 0 Norwich City 2
YouTube: Opposition View – Norwich City (H) w/Chris Reeve from Talk Norwich City
Referee: Oliver Langford
Assistant Referees: Robert Merchant and James Wilson
Fourth Official: John Brooks
I know it is a home game… and I know three points is ultimately what Blues need. But, given the fact that Norwich have been fantastic this season, I think we will all be grateful if Blues come away from this game with anything at all. However, I think that is an extremely unlikely scenario, so I must go with an away win here. 2-0 Norwich.
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YouTube: Blues Focus Podcast EP 29 – ‘A lifeline’ – Sheff Wed Match Review, Norwich City Match Preview