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MATCH PREVIEW: NORWICH CITY v BLACKBURN ROVERS

18 August 2014

Our in-depth look at Tuesday night's game

NORWICH CITY v BLACKBURN ROVERS
Sky Bet Championship
19.45 kick-off
Carrow Road
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
TEAM NEWS
Martin Olsson will serve the first game of a three-match suspension imposed on him after the defender accepted an FA misconduct charge following an incident in the Canaries’ opening day defeat against Wolves.

On the injury front, Neil Adams confirmed at his pre-match press conference that Jonny Howson (knee) and Gary Hooper (calf) are making good progress in their recoveries but that both will miss out on Tuesday night. City’s boss has no further fitness concerns ahead of the game.

Rovers have reported a trio of absentees – former City striker and summer recruit Chris Brown is nursing a knee injury and won’t have the opportunity to feature against his old club, Tommy Spurr is ruled out with a groin problem and Matt Kilgallon (back) will also miss the trip to Carrow Road.


MOST RECENT COMPETITIVE MEETINGS
Blackburn Rovers 2-0 NORWICH CITY 21/04/2012 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 3-3 Blackburn Rovers 29/10/2011 – Premier League
Blackburn Rovers 3-1 NORWICH CITY 24/08/2010 – League Cup
Blackburn Rovers 3-0 NORWICH CITY 12/02/2005 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 1-1 Blackburn Rovers 06/11/2004 – Premier League

CANARIES’ FORM
W – 3-0 v Watford (H) 16/08/2014 - Championship
L – 0-1 v Wolves (A) 10/08/2014 – Championship
D – 2-2 v Celta Vigo (H) 01/08/2014 – Friendly
W – 5-1 v OGC Nice (H) 28/07/2014 – Friendly
D – 1-1 v SC Bastia (N) 25/07/2014 – Friendly

ROVERS’ FORM
W – 2-1 v Blackpool (A) 16/08/2014 – Championship
L – 0-1 v Scunthorpe United (H) 12/08/2014 – Capital One Cup R1
D – 1-1 v Cardiff City (H) 08/08/2014 – Championship
D – 1-1 v Stoke City (H) 03/08/2014 – Friendly
D – 1-1 v Bury (A) 30/07/2014 - Friendly


LAST NORWICH CITY XI (v Watford)
John Ruddy; Steven Whittaker, Russell Martin (c), Michael Turner, Javier Garrido; Alex Tettey, Bradley Johnson; Nathan Redmond, Wes Hoolahan, Kyle Lafferty; Lewis Grabban.

LAST BLACKBURN ROVERS XI (v Blackpool)
Paul Robinson; Jason Lowe, Alex Baptiste, Grant Hanley (c), Markus Olsson; Joshua King, Corry Evans, Tom Cairney, Craig Conway; Jordan Rhodes, Rudy Gestede.

SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURES (all games at 19.45 on Tuesday unless stated otherwise)
Birmingham City v Ipswich Town
Blackpool v Brentford
Bournemouth v Nottingham Forest
Cardiff City v Wigan Athletic
Charlton Athletic v Derby County
Leeds United v Brighton & Hove Albion
NORWICH CITY v BLACKBURN ROVERS
Rotherham United v Watford
Sheffield Wednesday v Millwall
Bolton Wanderers v Middlesbrough (20.00)
Reading v Huddersfield Town (20.00)
Fulham v Wolverhampton Wanderers (Wednesday, 20.00)

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