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Match Preview: Middlesbrough v Norwich City

20 November 2020

Norwich City travel to the Riverside Stadium this weekend for Saturday’s return of Sky Bet Championship football (3pm KO).

Our Match Preview takes a look at how Middlesbrough have started the season, the officials in charge of the game, and how you can follow the action live from home.

The opposition

No team has conceded fewer goals than Middlesbrough in the Championship so far this season. Having let just five goals in during the first 11 matches, Neil Warnock’s side take pride in their stubborn defence.

However, the goals haven’t exactly been flooding in at the other end either. In the top half of the league, only Luton Town have failed to score more than Boro so far (nine goals).

In summary, those records have seen Middlesbrough keep a number of clean sheets without turning draws into wins.

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They’ve only been beaten once all season - on the opening day against Watford - meaning that, alongside AFC Bournemouth, they’ve had the fewest defeats in the division.

Since then, four wins and six draws has put Warnock’s side seventh in the Championship, on an unbeaten run of ten games and three points behind City.

Head-to-head

In the 55 meetings between City and Middlesbrough since 1960, there have been 21 Norwich wins, 21 Boro wins, and 13 draws.

We’re unbeaten in our last five games against Middlesbrough, having won 1-0 on our previous trip to the Riverside Stadium.

Onel Hernandez was the scorer on that day as the Canaries went five points clear at the top of the Championship in March 2019.

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Ref watch

Tony Harrington has been appointed to take charge of Saturday's match, with Shaun Hudson and Akil Howson his assistants and Leigh Dought the fourth official.

Harrington has overseen eight games across the Championship and Carabao Cup so far this season, handing out 22 yellow cards and no red cards.

He was last the man in the middle for a Norwich game towards the end of the 2018-19 season, when we drew 2-2 with Stoke City in a game of no cards for either side!

How to follow

Saturday’s match is exclusively available to watch on iFollow.

As the game is a Saturday away game, supporters, including season ticket holders, will have to view the match on iFollow by purchasing a £10 Match Pass here.

Season ticket holders do not get free access for this fixture.

The match will be made available to watch here.

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iFollow is the only place you can watch this weekend's game. You gain access to HD four-camera coverage, replays and BBC Radio Norfolk commentary by tuning in.

Overseas supporters can watch the match as part of their existing iFollow monthly or seasonal subscriptions. Click here for more information.

Otherwise, Norwich City's website and social channels on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram will provide regular updates.

To learn more about the variety of passes on offer to supporters this season, click here.

If you have any questions around our iFollow service, please check out answers to some FAQs here. Alternatively, please email ifollow@efl.com.


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