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Match Preview: Norwich City v Barnsley

1 January 2021

Norwich City face Barnsley in the Sky Bet Championship at Carrow Road on Saturday (3pm KO).

Our Match Preview takes a look at how the Tykes have turned around a slow start to the season, our historic record against them and more.

The opposition

Having finished 21st in the Championship last season after being promoted from League One the season prior, Barnsley have made good progress so far in 2020/21.

Although it didn’t look that way early on, as Gerhard Struber’s side failed to win any of their first four games, losing three of them.

Following 2-2 draws against Bristol City and Stoke City, Valerian Ismael was appointed to take over as head coach and the club’s fortunes have subsequently changed for the better.

Since Ismael’s recruitment, Barnsley have won ten league games, drawn one and lost five.

The Tykes won 2-1 at Rotherham United on Tuesday, putting them eighth in the Championship ahead of the weekend.

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In the 42 meetings between Norwich and Barnsley since 1922, there have been 18 Norwich wins, 10 Barnsley wins and 14 draws.

Last time we met, goals from Ollie McBurnie and Josh Murphy contributed to a 1-1 draw at Oakwell.

Our previous game at home to Barnsley was also a 1-1 draw, with Murphy again on the scoresheet and Harvey Barnes netting for the visitors that day.

Ref watch

Michael Salisbury has been appointed to take charge of Saturday’s match, Sam Lewis and Robert Merchant his assistants and Alan Dale the fourth official.

This season, Salisbury has officiated across the Championship, League One, League Two and Carabao Cup, making one sending off and handing out 32 yellow cards across 12 fixtures.

He has never been appointed for a Norwich game before.

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Fan of the Match

Saturday's Junior Fan of the Match is eight-year-old Norwich fan, Sam! Sam, like many Junior Canaries, has had a tough 2020 with missing school, missing football and missing watching his beloved Norwich. Sam can’t wait to be back at Carrow Road soon to cheer us on!

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We've also confirmed our 11 virtual mascots for Saturday's game here!

How to follow

Saturday's match is 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.

Non-season ticket holders can watch the match on iFollow as well, by purchasing a £10 match pass here.

On iFollow, you gain access to HD four-camera coverage, replays and BBC Radio Norfolk commentary by tuning in.

Overseas supporters can watch the match as part of their existing iFollow monthly or seasonal subscriptions, - international match passes are also available. Click here for more information.  

City fans will also be able to watch our matchday show NR1 LIVE - featuring guests Darren Huckerby and Jamie Cureton - on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube from 2.30pm.

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


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