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Match Preview: Huddersfield Town v Norwich City

11 September 2020

Norwich City’s 2020-21 Championship campaign begins with a trip to the John Smith’s Stadium to face Huddersfield Town on Saturday (3pm KO).

Our Match Preview takes a closer look at the Terries with expert insight from a local journalist, covers the officials in charge of the match, and provides information on how to follow the action live.

The opposition

It’s been a summer of change for Huddersfield, who replaced manager Danny Cowley with head coach Carlos Corberan, who had previously been an understudy to Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United.

Striker Steve Mounie is the latest in a long list of outgoings, while Kieran Phillips, Conor Falls, Brodie Spencer, Sonny Whittingham, Danny Ward and Pipa have all been recruited on permanent deals. Joel Pereira has been brought in on loan from Manchester United.

The Terriers two pre-season friendlies went relatively well - a 2-1 win over Bradford City followed by a 3-3 draw at home to Manchester United Under-23s - but, like Norwich, their Carabao Cup campaign ended before it had really begun.

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Huddersfield lost 1-0 at home to Rochdale in the competition’s first round last weekend, so will be equally desperate to get the league season going on the right foot.

For a more detailed analysis of Huddersfield, have a read of our ‘Ask the Expert’ interview with reporter Steven Chicken, who covers the club for ExaminerLive.

Head-to-head

Our record with Huddersfield is perfectly balanced, 43 meetings between the sides producing 13 Norwich wins, 13 Huddersfield wins and 17 draws since 1960.

Last time out, the Canaries suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat in the Championship in 2017. The away game prior, Jamar Loza netted a 98th minute equaliser for an important point and this week’s Memorable Match.

Our most recent victory at the John Smith’s Stadium came in 2010, when a goal from Grant Holt and a brace from Stephen Elliott helped secure a 3-1 win.

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Ref watch

Geoff Eltringham has been appointed to take charge of Saturday's match, with Robert Merchant and Craig Taylor his assistants. Leigh Doughty is the fourth official.

Eltringham saw over 31 games in all competitions last season, handing out 100 yellow cards and two red cards in the process.

He last officiated a Norwich game for our 2-2 draw at home to Sheffield Wednesday in 2019, when Mario Vrancic was awarded a late free-kick to equalise.

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 Saturday'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 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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