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25 February 2016

City face three Premier League game in a week

In the latest edition of his monthly blog, Senior Club Journalist Ben Mouncer looks ahead to seven matches in eight days involving Norwich City's teams.

TWO weeks without a first-team match always throws up a challenge for those of us appointed to fill the internet with stuff about Norwich City.

With no FA Cup tie at the weekend, the 2-2 draw against West Ham already seems like a long time gone; a game watched, dissected through analysis and handed over to history. The intervening lull has been an opportunity for City fans to temporarily retreat to a football-free world, one away from a sapping top flight survival pursuit.

But now, the football is back! There’s no gentle transition, either. Over the course of an eight-day period starting this Saturday, there will be seven matches involving the Club’s first-team, Under-21s or Under-18s. The content hub is primed.

Alex Neil’s Canaries enter a pivotal week with three Premier League contests that each fascinate in their own way.

The visit to Leicester is first and the attraction of this game needs no explanation. This time last year, the Foxes were bottom of the division and winless in six. Now… well, you know the story.

On Tuesday, Chelsea come to Carrow Road. Not many teams weave a ten-match unbeaten streak together but still find themselves in the less fashionable half of the table, like Guus Hiddink’s rejuvenated Blues. Under the lights against the defending champions, it should be electric.

The results from those two will dictate the feeling heading to Swansea, but whatever City’s position is by then this will still be a very important game. A sold-out away support are set to descend on South Wales hungry for more moments not dissimilar to the pair of wins at the Liberty in 2012.

This is a significant time too for our Under-18s as the boys ready themselves for the biggest game of most of their careers so far: Monday’s FA Youth Cup quarter-final away to Manchester City.

The sensational comeback against Middlesbrough in the last round truly captured the supporters’ imaginations, and although it’s a shame this tie isn’t on home turf as well, I’m certain there will be a good number of the Yellow Army following our coverage.

Wednesday’s release of the next phase of Under-18s league fixtures has landed City with a match against Brighton on Saturday, just two days before their Youth Cup trip – timing has dictated that Darren Huckerby will take charge of an even younger eleven while Graeme Murty prepares his group for Man City.

Let’s not forget the matches coming towards the end of the week, with the Under-18s again in action on March 5 against Newcastle United and the Under-21s getting involved on the Friday night prior.

Man City are the opponents again, albeit at a different level, and tickets are free to all those wishing to back Norwich’s next generation at Carrow Road.

Eight days, seven games - and we’ll be there every step of the way.

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