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MATCH PREVIEW: NORWICH V TOWN

17 February 2018

A look at Sunday’s East Anglian derby as Blues travel to Carrow Road plus police advice for Town fans

Current standings: Just one place separates the two sides in the Championship league table. Daniel Farke’s Norwich sit 13th and are unbeaten in their last three while Town are above the Canaries on goal difference and unbeaten in two.

League form

Norwich – 10/15 points.
Bristol City (A) W 1-0
Sheffield United (H) L 2-1
Brentford (A) W 1-0
Middlesbrough (H) W 1-0
Derby (A) D 1-1

Town – 8/15 points.
Leeds (H) W 1-0
Bolton (A) D 1-1
Wolves (H) L 1-0
Sunderland (A) W 2-0
Burton (H) D 0-0

Last time we met: Town 0-1 Norwich 22.10.17
James Maddison’s strike saw Norwich take all three points at Portman Road back in October. Town were left to rue a number of missed chances and went close in the opening stages with Jonas Knudsen’s drive crashing against the post just four minutes in. All square at the break, the visitors started the second-half strongly and found a crucial opener in the 59th minute as Maddison curled past Bartosz Bialkowski into the bottom corner. Town threatened an equaliser through Martyn Waghorn’s speculative chip but it was the Canaries who took the spoils.

Previous meetings at Carrow Road
26.02.17 Norwich 1-1 Town
16.05.15 Norwich 3-1 Town
01.03.15 Norwich 2-0 Town
28.11.10 Norwich 4-1 Town
07.12.08 Norwich 2-0 Town

One to watch: James Maddison
Maddison has been Norwich’s driving force this campaign and has attracted Premier League interest as a result. The highly-rated midfielder, who has earned a first England U21 call-up this term, notched three league goals in January and now has nine for the season as well as five assists. The match winner at Portman Road will no doubt pose a threat on Sunday.

Could be the difference: Jonas Knudsen
Mad Dog boasts an impressive derby record having scored two against the Canaries during his time with Town. The Danish international went close in our last meeting and will be hoping to produce something special again this weekend.

Match officials:
Referee: David Coote
Assistants: Nick Hopton & Nigel Lugg
Fourth official: Keith Stroud

Supporters please note
A policing operation involving officers from Norfolk and Suffolk has been designed with the aim of keeping people safe and to assist travelling fans from the train station and coach park to the stadium.
Officers will be signposting Ipswich supporters to the stadium via Lower Clarence Road, Clarence Road and Carrow Road, as they did when the teams last met in the city in February 2017.
Following the match, Norwich supporters can expect a short delay in leaving the stadium from the Barclay End to Lower Clarence Road due to police cordons which will be in place to ensure crowd safety.
Superintendent Dave Marshall, who will be overseeing the policing operation, said: "This is a great local derby event with healthy rivalry between two family friendly clubs and supporters. 
"The police operation has been developed to ensure everyone has a great day out and the vast majority of fans will enjoy the event in the right spirit. 
"Our focus will be on those whose behaviour spoils everyone else’s enjoyment and to manage areas where we have seen issues before at other matches as fans travel to and from the stadium.” 
Police have been working closely with colleagues in Suffolk, British Transport Police and the football clubs to ensure the smooth running of the operation on the day. 
For up-to-date information and road closure advice on matchday, follow @NorfolkPolice.

 

 

 


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