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Match Preview: Norwich City v Watford

20 April 2021

Recently promoted Norwich City face Watford at Carrow Road on Tuesday night (6pm KO) with the Championship title in their sights.

Three points would see the Canaries clinch the trophy with three games to spare.

The opposition

With 24 wins, ten draws and eight defeats from 42 league games, Watford are second in the Championship ahead of Tuesday night with 82 points.

That puts them eight shy of Norwich and six clear of Swansea City, Xisco Munoz’s side looking to firm their grip on the automatic promotion places as the end of the season approaches.

A run of eight games without defeat came to an end on the weekend as the Hornets fell to a 1-0 loss at Luton Town.

Kiko Femenia was sent off in that game and will be suspended for Tuesday’s match, as is Dimitris Giannoulis for Norwich.

Ismaila Sarr is the club’s top scorer so far this season with 12 goals in all competitions, closely followed by Joao Pedro who has nine.

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In the 101 meetings between Norwich and Watford since 1921, there have been 42 Norwich wins, 30 Watford wins and 29 draws.

Last time we met was on Boxing Day when Watford secured a 1-0 win at Vicarage Road thanks to Sarr’s 39th minute strike.

Watford’s previous trip to Carrow Road came in November 2019 in the Premier League, Gerard Deulofeu and Andre Gray on the scoresheet for the away side that day.

Ref watch

Tim Robinson has been appointed to take charge of Tuesday’s game, Shaun Hudson and Adam Crysell his assistants and James Linington the fourth official.

Harrington was last involved in a Norwich game for March’s 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday.

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How to follow

Tuesday's game 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 Tuesday 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.

City fans will be able to watch our matchday show NR1 LIVE, with City legends Darren Eadie and Rob Newman in the studio, on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube from 5.30pm.

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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Match Reports

City edged out by Watford at Carrow Road

20 April 2021

Norwich City's bid to seal the Sky Bet Championship title was made to wait on Tuesday evening after they were beaten 1-0 by Watford at Carrow Road.

Dan Gosling scored the only goal of the match, sliding home Joao Pedro's cross on the hour mark, as the Hornets closed the gap on the Canaries to five points at the top of the table.

The win strengthened Watford's position in the top two and it looks as if it'll be shoot-out between the current them and Daniel Farke's men for the league title with City at QPR (Saturday, 3pm) next.

The Canaries were forced into one solitary defeat from their weekend defeat to Bournemouth, with Dimitris Giannoulis serving the first of his three-game suspension and being replaced in the starting eleven by Xavi Quintilla.

Watford were made four changes of their own after a disappointing defeat to rivals Luton Town on Saturday with Craig Cathcart, Adam Masina, Tom Cleverley and Gosling coming into the side.

The Hornets started the better of the two sides with their high press causing City problems. A throw-in from the left led to their best chance early on, with Ismaila Sarr lashing high and wide on the half-volley.

The pressure continued from the visitors and they had penalty appeals waved away on 12 minutes when Sarr went down in front of Quintilla, before Gosling fired just over from distance.

It took a while for City to figure out the Watford press and how to play through it, but they did so on 18 minutes and Todd Cantwell managed to test Daniel Bachmann with a dipping, deflected effort. Shortly after, City managed to win the ball via a press of themselves, with Kieran Dowell have a similar deflected effort fizzing over.


City’s improvement in the game continued and Teemu Pukki had a golden opportunity to play a square pass to Todd Cantwell who had a clear path to goal, however he hesitated and was fouled on the edge of the box for which Will Hughes was booked. The free-kick was smashed against the wall by Dowell as City cranked up the pressure.

The warning signs were still there for City at the other end though and the dangerous Sarr was proving a thorn in their side. Twice on the half hour mark he ghosted past Quintilla but Watford were wasteful in front of goal.

On 36 minutes, Tim Krul was forced into a double save to keep the scores level. Ken Sema hit a low drive across which he palmed away, before he got up quickly to react to Sarr’s effort on the rebound.

Watford continued to look the sharper of the two sides as the first-half came to an end, with the score goalless.

The teams traded blows in the early second-half exchanges, with Sarr scooping a cross over from close range and Cantwell jinking his way past challenges before having a deflected effort easily smothered by Bachmann.

Watford took the lead on 57 minutes when City gave the ball away in their defensive third and Joao Pedro rolled the ball across the face of goal for Gosling to slide home from close range.

City changed things up shortly after conceding and Daniel Farke decided to bring on Jordan Hugill in place of Dowell.

The pace of the game slowed with substitutions and stoppages, following injuries sustained by substitutes Hugill and Nathaniel Chalobah, disrupting the flow of the game.

A huge scramble on 79 minutes almost saw City back in the game but a combination of Quintilla, Hugill and Pukki failed to get the ball over the line, with Watford bodies swarming the six-yard area.

A scrappy end to the game followed with City unable to break Watford's resistance and the points heading down south.

Norwich City: Krul (GK), Aarons, Hanley (c), Dowell (Hugill, 65), Cantwell (Vrancic, 90), Quintilla (Hernandez, 80), Buendia, Skipp, Pukki, McLean, Omobamidele (Placheta, 80)
Subs not used: Nyland (GK), Stiepermann, Sorensen, Mumba, Tettey
Bookings: Skipp (62), McLean (73)

Watford: Bachmann (GK), Troost-Ekong, Cleverley (c) (Zinckernagel, 82), Joao Pedro (Gray, 70), Masina, Sema, Cathcart (Kabasele, 83), Gosling (Chalobah, 70), Hughes, Sarr, Sierralta
Subs not used: Elliott (GK), Lazaar, Success, Sanchez, Hungbo
Goals: Gosling (57) 
Bookings: Hughes (27), Masina (49), Cleverley (62)

HT: 0-0 
Venue: Carrow Road
Referee: Tim Robinson

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