Match Previews

Match Preview: Norwich City v Middlesbrough

Sky Bet Championship football returns to Carrow Road this weekend for Saturday's lunchtime kick-off (12.30pm KO).

We welcome Middlesbrough to NR1, so let's take a look at how Neil Warnock's side have performed so far this season, the officials in charge of the match and how you can follow the action live.

The opposition

11 wins, six draws and nine defeats have placed Middlesbrough seventh in the league ahead of this weekend's fixture, three points shy of AFC Bournemouth (who face Reading on Friday night).

The season got off to a promising start for Boro. Despite opening day defeat at Watford, they then went ten games unbeaten in the league, picking up four wins and six draws across September, October and November.

Since rising as high as fifth, however, draws have become losses, but Boro have shown good bouncebackability consistently, notably following two defeats with three wins on the bounce in December.

Most recently, Boro followed a 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest with consecutive defeats at home - 1-0 to Blackburn Rovers and 3-0 to Rotherham United - so they'll be looking to put that right on Saturday.

Britt Assombalonga and Duncan Watmore are currently the club's top scorers this season with five goals apiece in all competitions.

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Head-to-head

In the 56 meetings between Norwich and Middlesbrough since 1960, there have been 22 Norwich wins, 21 Boro wins and 13 draws.

Last time we met, Teemu Pukki's 72nd minute penalty was the difference and the Canaries came away from the Riverside Stadium with a 1-0 win in November.

As for Boro's previous trip to Carrow Road, that came in September 2018 when Tom Trybull's long-range strike secured a 1-0 win for Daniel Farke's side.

Ref watch

Keith Stroud will take charge of Saturday's match, Sam Lewis and Jonathan Hunt and Andy Woolmer the fourth official.

Stroud was last appointed for a Norwich match for our 1-1 draw at home to Coventry City at the end of November.

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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.

For non-season ticket holders, the game is being shown live on Sky Sports Main Event, the programme beginning at 12pm.

Because the match has been selected for broadcast by Sky Sports in the UK, no match passes are being sold for this fixture. It's also not able to be viewed as part of any existing international passes or subscriptions.

However, audio passes for the game provide commentary from BBC Radio Norfolk and remain available to purchase here.

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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