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Match Preview: Norwich City U23s v West Bromwich Albion

17 October 2019

Norwich City Under-23s host 7th place West Bromwich Albion at Lotus Training Centre this Friday (7pm KO), in Premier League 2 Division Two.

A win would see City climb to eight points in the table, competing with teams like Fulham, Newcastle and Aston Villa.

West Brom have had a good form of results in recent weeks, most recently beating Scunthorpe United U23s in a Premier League Cup tie and beating Newcastle U23s in Premier League 2. A respectable 7th place in the table puts West Brom in a good position too, just a single point from 5th place Swansea.

The teams last met back in February of the 2018-19 season, a game in which West Brom came away with a 6-2 win over the Canaries. 

The West Midlands side aren’t shy of scoring goals either, having scored 12 goals in just six games. Jamie Soule has impressed too, scoring four goals in all six games, making him the side’s top goalscorer.

The U23s last competitive game was against Crawley Town in the Leasing.com Trophy, winning 2-1 with goals from Gassan Ahadme and Louis Lomas. After the international break it isn’t certain what condition the players will be in, but after beating a League Two side like Crawley, anything can happen.

Academy midfielder and Iceland U19s captain Isak Thorvaldsson (pictured) is in high spirits for the game, even acknowledging how their performance against Crawley can motivate the team and influence the game coming up.

“I’m really looking forward to it, it’s an important game for us. It’s been a while since we’ve had a league game. We haven’t won many games in the league either, so I think we need to get those three points, and I’m excited for us to try that.

“Crawley was more like grown-man professional football, if we play like we did at Crawley against West Brom I think we could beat them easily. West Brom will be definitely tough to beat, but if we manage to play our game, we will win and pick up some points again.”

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