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Meet the 2017-18 newcomers

21 June 2017

The 2017-18 fixtures were released today, and City will face six new sides this season: the three teams relegated from the Premier League and the clubs promoted from League One.

We take a look at what they might have in store for the Canaries this season, and you can find a full list of fixtures here.

Bolton Wanderers
Home: Feb 24. Away: Nov 4
Manager Phil Parkinson led Bolton Wanderers back to the Championship at the first attempt following their relegation in 2015-16. They finished second in League One, and their success was built on a stout defence: the 36 goals they conceded was the meanest in the division.

No one reached double figures for Bolton in the scoring charts, and Parkinson may look to add firepower to their squad. Just five years after they were in the Premier League, Bolton will be hoping to secure their Championship status next season.

Hull City
Home: Oct 14. Away: Mar 10
With Hull looking like regelation certainties at Christmas last season, manager Mike Phelan was replaced with Marco Silva. Despite a strong turnaround in results, Hull’s fate was sealed with a 4-0 defeat away at Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace in the penultimate game of the season.

Silva left at the end of the campaign to join Watford, with Hull bringing in Russia’s national team manager Leonid Slutsky as head coach. Norwich City’s former Head of Scouting Lee Darnbrough yesterday joined the Tigers as Head of Recruitment.

Home: Feb 3. Away: Sep 26
Like Hull, Boro spent one season in the Premier League following their Championship promotion in 2015-16. Middlesbrough’s lack of goals was their main problem last season, finding the net just 27 times. Manager Aitor Karanka was sacked in March, with Steve Agnew put in charge until the end of the season. But the points – and the goals scored column – failed to pick up.

Boro, who came second in ’15-16 to clinch promotion, recently appointed former Swansea and Leeds United boss Garry Monk as their new manager.

Home: Jan 1. Away: Aug 26
Former Canary Steve Morison led Millwall to play-off glory in May. His 85th-minute strike was the only goal of the game as Millwall beat Bradford at Wembley to seal a return to the Championship following relegation in 2014-15.

Millwall finished sixth in the league, and had the worst defensive record of the top eight teams. But manager Neil Harris had one of the division’s best strike partnerships, with Morison and Lee Gregory netting 32 times between them.

Sheffield United
Home: Jan 20. Away: Sep 16
Sheffield United returned to the Championship following a six-season absence after hitting the magic 100-point mark in League One. Their 92 goals was 12 more than anyone else in the division as they romped to the title by 14 points. Striker Billy Sharp led the league’s goalscoring charts with 30.

Manager Chris Wilder, who has had spells at Halifax, Oxford and Northampton, have already made a number of signings as they look to maintain their momentum. This season will see the first Championship meeting between the two Sheffield sides since 2009-10 – they haven’t met in the top tier since 1993-94.

Home: Aug 12. Away: April 10
After nine successive seasons in the Premier League, Sunderland were relegated after picking up six wins across the campaign. Manager David Moyes departed the Black Cats at the end of the campaign, and the club are currently searching for his replacement.

Sunderland’s Championship pedigree is excellent, winning the division in their last two visits in 2006-07 and 2004-05. Jermain Defoe was their leading scorer with 15 last season, but no one else scored more than three goals. With Defoe linked with a move away, Sunderland will be looking to add firepower ahead of the start of the season.

As always, the best way to get tickets is with either an Adult or Junior Canaries membership, with all members enjoying an exclusive two-day priority window for each and every league match before they are made available to anyone else. 

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