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Match Preview: Norwich City v Derby County

2 October 2020

Norwich City return to Carrow Road for the final time before the international break, with Derby County the visitors on Saturday (12.30pm KO).

Our Match Preview takes a look at how the Rams have got on so far in 2020/21, who will be taking charge of the match, and how supporters can follow the action from home.

The opposition

For a side harbouring ambitions of returning to the Premier League, this season has got off to a bad start for Phillip Cocu’s Derby.

After finishing tenth in the Championship in 2019/20, this campaign has begun with three defeats - 2-0 to Reading, 2-1 to Luton Town, and 4-0 to Blackburn Rovers.

They won their Carabao Cup first round game on penalties against Barrow, before being eliminated in the second round at home to Preston North End.

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The slow start sees Derby sit 22nd in the league at the time of writing, still searching for their first point of the season.

This month, Derby face all three sides recently relegated from the Premier League in Norwich, Watford and AFC Bournemouth, so a tricky October awaits.

Head-to-head

Norwich have a favourable history against Derby, the 68 meetings between the two sides since 1960 resulting in 28 Norwich wins, 21 Derby wins, and 19 draws.

However, Derby fans will fondly recall their previous visit to Norfolk, when an end-to-end encounter was won 4-3 by the Rams thanks to Jack Marriott’s stoppage-time winner.

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City last beat Derby on home soil in January 2017, when a Nelson Oliveira hat-trick wrapped up a 3-0 win with both sides chasing the Championship play-offs.

Ref watch

Stuart Attwell will be the man in the middle for the encounter, assisted by linesmen Neil Davies and Marc Perry. Charles Breakspear will be the fourth official.

Attwell last officiated a match involving the Canaries back in July when they lost 1-0 at home to Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League.

Attwell has refereed two Premier League matches so far this season and handed out 13 yellow cards.

How to follow

Saturday’s game has been selected to be broadcast on Sky Sports, and will be available to stream on iFollow for season ticket holders.

Unfortunately, £10 match passes are not available for the fixture to non-season ticket holders. However, there are 'audio only' passes available here.

Prior to the match starting, our free-to-air matchday show NR1 LIVE will be broadcast across our Facebook, YouTube and Twitter channels from 12pm. 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 ifollow@efl.com.


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