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Match Preview: Norwich City v AFC Bournemouth

17 January 2020

20th faces 19th in Saturday’s Premier League game at Carrow Road as Norwich City host AFC Bournemouth.

Our match preview includes insight on the opposition, a look at the game’s officials, details on a special display taking place before kick-off and more.

The opposition

The Cherries’ season has taken a drastic turn for the worse since September’s 3-1 win over south-coast rivals Southampton saw them rise to third in the league. Eddie Howe’s side then were knocked out of the Carabao Cup at Burton Albion before winning just two of the next 14 league matches.

Surprisingly, those two wins came at home to Manchester United and away to Chelsea, but zero goals scored and nine conceded in the last three league game paints an ugly picture – Bournemouth are now second from bottom with 20 points from 22 games.

One of the games in that poor run was October’s 0-0 draw with Norwich City at Vitality Stadium, when the Canaries kept Bournemouth at bay to earn their first clean sheet and away point of the season.

Much like City earlier in the season, Bournemouth have been plagued by a significant number of injuries in recent weeks, with long-term absentee David Brooks a big loss following his fantastic form at the start of 2018-19.


Saturday’s game is one both sides will be desperate to win in the hope of kick-starting a climb out of the relegation zone.

Ref watch

Paul Tierney will oversee the fixture and be assisted by Harry Lennard and Marc Perry. Gavin Ward will be the fourth official. Jonathan Moss and Gary Beswick are overseeing VAR.

Tierney has refereed 22 games so far this season across the Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Championship, handing out 72 yellow cards and one red in those fixtures.

He was last appointed to officiate a Norwich game for our 2-2 draw at home to Arsenal in December. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored both goals for the Gunners on the day.

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Info for supporters

There will be a special pre-match display taking place at the stadium ahead of kick-off. To find out more, click here.

We have a guide for all supporters heading to Carrow Road. It has lots of information about getting to Carrow Road, prohibited items, stadium opening times and much more. Click here to view it.

Away fans have a dedicated venue to attend prior to the match kicking off. The Waterfront, situated on King Street, has a beer garden with a licensed bar offering a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and food vendors.

Away supporters can enter the stadium from 1pm.

The Junior Canaries Family FanZone at Carrow Park will be open between 12.30pm to 2.30pm.

Please note that the majority of kiosks in the stadium this season have contactless-only tills. In the away end, the left-hand lanes of kiosks are contactless-only.


Kick It Out

This weekend's game is dedicated to the work of Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation, and we are encouraging football supporters to report any discrimination they see or hear at a game this season.

The easiest way to report is to download the Kick It Out app which allows users to confidentially report incidents of discrimination seen or heard at a football match or online.

The app, which is available to download for FREE on iPhone or Android, allows users the ability to attach video, photo and audio evidence to complaints to aid investigations into discriminatory abuse and behaviour at matches. Users can also report incidents of football-related discrimination to Kick It Out on social media.


Reporting via the app is confidential, and sits alongside the organisation’s well-established methods of reporting, including via email and Freephone. Supporters can contact Kick It Out on 0800 169 9414 or by emailing

Norwich City continues to operate a strict zero-tolerance policy on unacceptable and discriminatory behaviour at the Club, on the pitch or in the stands. If supporters experience any form of discrimination or unacceptable behaviour at Carrow Road, help us to eliminate it from football. Reports can be submitted anonymously via the club’s dedicated reporting number, 07931235513.

Alternatively, reports can be submitted online at the below links:

Contact us: Equality and diversity

Contact us: Safeguarding

How to follow

Supporters can sign up to Canaries TV to watch our matchday show, #NR1Live. The broadcast begins at 2.30pm on Saturday and will feature pre and post-match reaction from presenter Darren Eadie and his studio guests, Steve Foley and David "Spud" Thornhill. During the match, supporters will be able to listen to commentary from BBC Radio Norfolk's Chris Goreham.

We will be running regular updates on our Twitter account, including reaction after the final whistle.

There will also be a minute-by-minute live match blog on and you can also receive updates on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

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