Norwich City hosts Huddersfield Town in the 21st round of the Championship match on Friday, where the home side will look to rally their way upward on the league table.
After a blistering start to the season, Norwich City faltered significantly on recent games. Alex Neil’s men have lost six out of their last seven Championship matches, which have left them with just 30 points from possible 60 points. A win on Friday will take them in the fourth place on the table temporarily.
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Huddersfield, on the other hand, looks in decent form as they are in the fourth place of the Championship table. With 33 points credited to them, they are in contention to progress to Barclays Premier League next season.
Norwich won their last game 1-0 against Aston Villa thanks to the goal from Nelson Oliviera. Similarly, Huddersfield prepared for this game with a same scoreline win vs. Burton Albion. Nakhi Wells scored last into the game to give Huddersfield all three points.
Out of last six matches played between these sides, Norwich City were victorious in three of them while Huddersfield has managed to disappoint their counterparts only once.
Team News: Norwich City
Injury concerns for Norwich City are relatively minor as only Matt Jarvis is set to miss the match due to a knee injury.
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Striker Nelson Oliveira will lead the attack for the home side. Meanwhile, manager Alex Neil is likely to field his players in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with the likes of Youssouf Mulumbu, Alex Pritchard, and Jacob Murphy pairing up in the attacking midfielder’s role.
Norwich: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Ruddy – Bassong, Brady, Pinto, Bennett – Howson, Dorrans – Murphy, Pritchard, Mulumbu – Oliveira
Team News: Huddersfield Town
Sean Scannell and Joe Lolley are ruled out of the trip to Norwich due to injury problems, while defender Mark Hudson will miss the match due to a knee injury. He is expected to be back in the team on Boxing Day.
Huddersfield won their last Championship match 1-0 against Burton Albion. Thus, manager David Wagner is likely to reprise the same squad on the match against Norwich City as well.
Huddersfield Town: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Ward – Lowe, Schindler, Hefele, Smith – Hogg, Mooy – van La Parra, Palmer, Kachunga – Wells
Norwich vs.Huddersfield Town: Head-to-Head
Total games: 41
Norwich wins: 13
Huddersfield wins: 11
Norwich City vs. Huddersfield: TV Schedule and Channel
The match will be live on Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports Mix / Sky Sports Mix HD. The kick-off time is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. local time.
Norwich vs. Huddersfield: Prediction
Norwich doesn’t look in great shape at the moment as they have lost five of their last seven Championship matches. Playing at their home definitely will give them an advantage over Huddersfield. However, it will be tough for them to beat in-form away side.
Huddersfield is full of confidence right now, having won their last two Championship matches. They will try to capitalize their good form when they pay a visit to Norwich this Friday.
As far as score prediction is concerned, Huddersfield might clinch a narrow victory in this exciting contest.
Final Predicted Score: Norwich City 1-2 Huddersfield
Norwich vs. Huddersfield: Betting Tips and Odds
- Norwich Win: 4/5
- A draw:5/2
- Huddersfield Win: 16/5
- Under 2.5 goals: evens
- Over 2.5 goals: 8/11
- Both teams score: 4/6
- Both teams fail to score: 11/10
The odds were provided by Paddypower.
Key Stats to consider
- Norwich has won nine of their 20 Championship matches so far.
- Norwich has lost six of their last seven Championship matches.
- Norwich has scored 13 goals in their last four matches against Huddersfield.
- Huddersfield has won just once in their last six Championship matches.
- Huddersfield has lost five out of their last six encounters with Norwich.
The Norwich vs. Huddersfield stats were provided by Soccerway.
Norwich vs. Huddersfield: Live Stream
The match can be streamed live online by clicking on this link. The live streaming link will be updated just before kick-off.
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