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Match Preview: AFC Bournemouth v Norwich City

25 September 2020

Norwich City continue their Championship campaign with a trip to the Vitality Stadium to face AFC Bournemouth on Sunday (4pm KO).

Our match preview takes a closer look at this weekend’s visitors, the officials in charge of the match, and how supporters can watch the action from home.

The opposition

This summer has been both the end and beginning of a new era for Bournemouth, seeing Eddie Howe end his 8-year stint as the club’s manager and promoting his assistant, Jason Tindall, to the vacant role.

Not only in their coaching, but the Cherries have also seen dramatic change to their squad. The list of outgoings is a long one and includes the likes of Nathan Ake, Callum Wilson, Aaron Ramsdale, Ryan Fraser, Simon Francis and Harry Wilson, who returned to his parent club Liverpool.

Bournemouth’s first two fixtures of the 2020-21 Championship season have gone the same way as City’s, taking a 3-2 win against Blackburn Rovers and a 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough from their opening games.

The Cherries’ Carabao Cup second-round fixture against Crystal Palace came between these two league games, going to straight to penalties after a goalless 90 minutes, following the tournaments new no extra-time rule.

That penalty shootout would last just about as long as the extra-time anyway after the Cherries were forced to grind out an 11-10 penalty win over the Eagles!

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Head-to-head

History favours the Canaries in their meetings against Bournemouth since 1923, winning 24, losing 19 and drawing 16 of their 59 meetings.

The last meeting between the sides came just nine months ago in January of the 2019-20 Premier League season, the Canaries taking a 1-0 win at Carrow Road.

Teemu Pukki was the decisive scorer of this fixture, converting a penalty after Steve Cook was sent off for a handball to deny loanee Ondrej Duda a debut goal.

Ref watch

James Linington has been appointed to take charge of Saturday's match, with Robert Hyde and Adrian Waters his assistants. Keith Stroud is the fourth official.

Linington refereed 30 games in all competitions last season, handing out 74 yellow cards and three red cards in the process.

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He last officiated a Norwich game for our 1-1 draw against Wigan Athletic, when Teemu Pukki scored an 81st minute equaliser to counter-act Reece James’ penalty conversion.

How to follow

City supporters are able to watch the match on our iFollow service by purchasing a £10 match pass here.

Please note, the offer for season ticket holders to watch matches for free relates to home and midweek away fixtures - therefore, season ticket holders without an existing iFollow subscription must pay for a pass if they wish to watch Sunday's match.

By clicking the cog icon on the video player and selecting ‘away audio’, fans will be able to tune into live commentary from BBC Radio Norfolk’s Chris Goreham.

Otherwise, Norwich City's website and social channels on TwitterFacebook 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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