England Championship - Match Prediction: Norwich City VS Huddersfield Town

Posted Tue, 06 Apr 2021 09:10:08 GMT        

Match Time:4/7/2021 02:45 Wednesday  (GMT+8)

England Championship --  Norwich City   VS   Huddersfield Town

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Championship leaders Norwich City will be looking to put back-to-back draws behind them when they welcome Huddersfield Town to Carrow Road on Tuesday evening. The Canaries have stuttered of late but still hold a 15-point lead on third-placed Brentford, whom Huddersfield held to a 1-1 draw in their most recent outing.

 

Match preview

Drawing 1-1 with Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End has done little to derail Norwich's automatic promotion prospects, with sides from third downwards also dropping points.

 

Daniel Farke will of course be eager for his side to hit back on Tuesday, though, especially with his side in action a day later than most of the teams looking to cut the gap.

 

Norwich are now unbeaten in 11 league games since the start of February, winning nine of those, which explains why they are so far clear of the chasing pack.

 

At home, meanwhile, City are unbeaten in their last 17 league games - their longest such run at Carrow Road since a run of 18 between September 1986 and April 1987.

 

That is a record they will be confident of matching in midweek, though Huddersfield will have other ideas after holding Brentford at the weekend.

 

Lewis O'Brien made the most of a mix-up between David Raya and Mads Roerslev to give Town the lead, but Mads Sorensen did equalise for the Bees early in the second half.

 

A point from that game is still a big positive for the Terriers, making it five without defeat in the Championship - four of those finishing as a draw.

 

Huddersfield are slowly climbing their way up the table and are now eight points above the relegation zone, though that could be a four-point gap if Rotherham United win a couple of their games in hand.

 

Away from home, it is just one win in 14 on their travels for Town - a 1-0 victory at Queens Park Rangers in March - so an improvement is needed on that front.

 

This will be Huddersfield's first away trip to Carrow Road since December 2016 when winning 2-1 under David Wagner, though they lost this season's reverse fixture 1-0 in September.

 

Norwich City Championship form: WWWWDD

 

Huddersfield Town Championship form: LDDWDD

 

Team News

Norwich could be without as many as nine first-team squad members for Tuesday's match through injury.

 

Centre-backs Ben Gibson and Christoph Zimmermann are among those on the sidelines, so 18-year-old Andrew Omobamidele is expected to make just a second start.

 

Emiliano Buendia picked up an injury against Preston and is another doubt, possibly meaning a start for Onel Hernandez on the left flank, with Teemu Pukki through the middle.

 

As for the visitors, Alex Vallejo has joined their list of absentees after going off injured in the first half against Brentford.

 

Juninho Bacuna was brought on in his place and seems the obvious solution to come into the XI here.

 

Manager Carlos Corberan may tweak his formation slightly, with Fraizer Campbell having to play in a more withdrawn role last time out.

 

Norwich City possible starting lineup:

Krul; Mumba, Hanley, Omobamidele, Quintilla; McLean, Skipp; Hernandez, Stiepermann, Cantwell; Pukki

 

Huddersfield Town possible starting lineup:

Schofield; Duhaney, Keogh, Sarr, Pipa; Bacuna, Hogg; Mbenza, O'Brien, Holmes; Campbell

 

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England Championship - Match Prediction: Norwich City VS Huddersfield Town