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Match Preview: Norwich City v Birmingham City

18 October 2020

Championship football returns to Carrow Road just three days after Norwich City’s 2-1 win at Rotherham United with the visit of Birmingham City on Tuesday night (7.45pm KO).

Our Match Preview takes a look at Birmingham’s season so far, the officials in charge of Tuesday’s game, and how supporters can follow the action live.

The opposition

It’s been a season of few goals at both ends for Birmingham so far in 2020/21, with Aitor Karanka’s side scoring and conceding just three of them in their opening five league games.

After raising the curtain with a 1-0 win at home to Brentford, the Blues went three games unbeaten with draws against Swansea, Rotherham United and Stoke City.

On Saturday, a first defeat of the season was inflicted on Birmingham by Sheffield Wednesday’s Barry Bannan.

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Jeremie Bela has been pivotal to the Blues so far, having scored two goals including a late equaliser from the spot against Rotherham.

Birmingham are going into Tuesday’s game 16th in the Championship at the time of writing.


In the 70 meetings between Norwich and Birmingham since 1963, there have been 24 Norwich wins, 23 Birmingham wins, and 23 draws.

Last time we met, goals from Teemu Pukki, Mario Vrancic and Tom Trybull secured a 3-1 win in the Championship at Carrow Road, lifting the Canaries up to second in the league.

Encouragingly, Norwich have won four of the last five meetings, drawing on the other occasion at the start of the 2018/19 season.

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Ref watch

Oliver Langford has been appointed to see over Tuesday’s match, with Adrian Waters and Rob Smith his assistants and Gavin Ward the fourth official.

Langford has taken charge of four games so far this season, handing out 19 yellow cards across the Championship and Carabao Cup.

The last time a Norwich game was officiated by Langford was March 2019, when the Canaries came away from Rotherham with a 2-1 win in the Championship.

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How to follow

Tuesday’s game is live to watch for UK-based supporters on Sky Sports Football.

However, season ticket holders who updated their email address with the club and created a iFollow account by Wednesday last week will be able to watch the match for free on

Alternatively, there are audio passes available for purchase on the iFollow section of our website. Click here for more information.

As the fixture has been chosen for Sky Sports coverage, it is not available to overseas supporters, or a part of international season or monthly passes. There are also no individual match passes being sold.

Prior to the match starting, our free-to-air matchday show NR1 LIVE will be broadcast across our Facebook, YouTube and Twitter channels from 7.15pm. The show will then resume at half-time and after the final whistle.

For supporters watching on iFollow, make sure you click the cog icon and select 'home audio' to listen to BBC Radio Norfolk commentary.

Otherwise, Norwich City's website and social channels on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram will provide regular updates. If you have any questions around our iFollow service, please check out answers to some FAQs here. Alternatively, please email

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