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Match Preview: Norwich City v AFC Bournemouth

16 April 2021

Norwich City could confirm their promotion to the Premier League this Saturday.

A win against AFC Bournemouth would be enough to guarantee promotion, although it could already be achieved beforehand depending on earlier results for Swansea City and Brentford.

Our Match Preview looks at Bournemouth’s resurgence under Jonathan Woodgate, the officials in charge of the match and how you can follow the action from home.

The opposition

Bournemouth began the season with former assistant manager Jason Tindall at the helm, but he and the club parted ways in early February.

Woodgate, who had been brought into the backroom staff by Tindall, then took over as manager and has driven an upturn in form for the Cherries.

Since his appointment, the south coast side have won seven, drawn one and lost two in the league, and are currently on a run of five wins in a row.

Placed fifth ahead of the weekend, Bournemouth are in and amongst Swansea, Brentford, Barnsley and Reading for an exciting play-off push.

Dominic Solanke is the club’s top scorer so far this season with 14 goals in all competitions.

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In the 60 meetings between Norwich and Bournemouth since 1923, there have been 24 Norwich wins, 20 Bournemouth wins and 16 draws.

Last time we met, Arnaut Danjuma scored the only goal of the game at the Vitality Stadium as Norwich lost 1-0 early this season.

Bournemouth’s previous trip to Carrow Road came in the Premier League in January 2020, Teemu Pukki’s penalty separating the sides that day.

Ref watch

Graham Scott has been appointed to take charge of Saturday’s game, Neil Davies and Edward Smart his assistants and Dean Whitestone the fourth official.

Primarily a Premier League referee, Scott hasn’t featured in a Norwich game since January 2018 in the FA Cup when City were beaten by Chelsea on penalties at Stamford Bridge, Pedro and Alvaro Morata both sent off that night.

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How to follow

Saturday's match will be available for season ticket holders to watch for free on iFollow.

Providing season ticket holders have updated their email address with the club and created an iFollow account with the same details, the match will be made available for free here on Saturday evening.

By tuning into iFollow, you gain access to HD four-camera coverage, replays and BBC Radio Norfolk commentary. The match is also being shown on Sky Sports Main Event.

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

This match is not available for overseas supporters to watch with their existing iFollow subscriptions.

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