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Match Preview: Norwich City v Coventry City

8 January 2021

Attention turns from the league to the FA Cup third round as Norwich City host Coventry City at Carrow Road this Saturday.

Our match preview looks at the Sky Blues' season so far, our previous meeting this season and more.

The opposition

Having earned promotion back to the Championship as winners of League One last season, Coventry are enjoying their time in the second division.

It wasn’t always that way, however. An early struggle for points as they adjusted to the Championship saw the Sky Blues finish October with just eight points.

But a solid November shaped the start of Coventry’s run, Mark Robin’s side beating play-off contenders Cardiff City before drawing to the Canaries after a last-minute equaliser.

An extremely strong December saw the Sky Blues then make a five-match undefeated run, despite the number of close-knit games.

Most recently, a 2-1 win over Millwall has given Coventry the ideal start to the new year, putting them 16th in the league with 26 points, seven clear of the bottom three.

Last season, Coventry entered the FA Cup in the first round, taking wins over Colchester United, Ipswich Town and Bristol Rovers before exiting the tournament after losing 4-1 to Birmingham City on penalties.


There have been 122 meetings between City and the Sky Blues since 1908, resulting in 54 wins, 33 defeats and 35 draws for Norwich.

Last time we met, City couldn’t quite hold on to their 1-0 lead after Mario Vrancic buried his penalty, Maxime Biamou finding the leveller in the 89th minute to share the points.

Ref watch

Darren Drysdale has been appointed to take charge of Saturday’s match, Adam Crysell and Adrian Waters his assistants and Paul Howard the fourth official.

Drysdale last refereed a City game all the way back in 2007, overseeing a Championship tie between Plymouth Argyle and the Canaries, a game City lost 3-0.

How to follow

Saturday's game will be broadcast live on BT Sport Extra 5.

Norwich City fans can still listen to commentary from BBC Radio Norfolk with a £2.50 audio match pass available on iFollow.

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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