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Match Preview: Birmingham City v Norwich City

23 February 2021

Norwich City return to St. Andrew’s following last week’s 2-0 win against Coventry City for Tuesday night’s Championship fixture (7pm KO).

Our Match Preview takes a look at Birmingham’s season so far, the officials in charge of the game and how you can follow the action from home.

The opposition

With seven wins, ten draws and 14 defeats, Birmingham are 21st in the league going into this match.

Only Sheffield Wednesday have scored fewer goals than Birmingham this season, who - alongside Wycombe Wanderers and Derby County - have scored 22 in the league.

Following January’s 1-0 win at Middlesbrough, Aitor Karanka’s side played Preston North End, Coventry, Wycombe, AFC Bournemouth, Luton Town and Millwall without victory.

However, most recently three points were earned with a 1-0 win away to Sheffield Wednesday, Scott Hogan’s second half goal the difference last weekend.

Hogan is the club’s top scorer this season with six goals in all competitions.

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Head-to-head

In the 71 meetings between Norwich and Birmingham since 1963, there have been 25 Norwich wins, 23 Birmingham wins and 23 draws.

Last time we met, Mario Vrancic’s 87th minute opener sealed the three points for Norwich against a defensive Birmingham side.

As for our previous away game against Birmingham, that was at the start of the 2018-19 season, a late Onel Hernandez brace rescuing a point in that 2-2 draw.

Ref watch

Oliver Langford has been appointed to take charge of tonight’s game, Robert Merchant and James Wilson his assistants and John Brooks the fourth official.

The last time Langford saw over a Norwich game was for December’s 1-1 draw at home to Queens Park Rangers.

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How to follow

Tonight’s game is free to watch for season ticket holders 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.

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

By tuning into iFollow, you gain access to HD four-camera coverage and replays. The match is also being shown on Sky Sports Red Button.

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions for local BBC reporters, the club’s iFollow broadcast will be accompanied by commentary from BBC Radio Birmingham, as opposed to BBC Radio Norfolk.

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.

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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Match Reports

Pukki and Skipp secure tricky 3-1 win at Birmingham

23 February 2021

Teemu Pukki gave Norwich the lead, missed a penalty, and then put Norwich ahead again before Oliver Skipp added a goal in stoppage time for Tuesday's 3-1 win away to Birmingham City.

Daniel Farke named an unchanged starting line-up from the side that beat Rotherham United 1-0 at Carrow Road on Saturday afternoon, with Jordan Hugill replacing Andrew Omobamidele on the bench.

Birmingham began the first half looking lively, a deep free-kick going all the way to the far post and reaching Gary Gardner who missed the ball.

Ivan Sunjic opened his body up to shoot over the bar moments later, before Norwich had their first chance of the game. 

Emi Buendia played a lovely pass out left to Dimitris Giannoulis with the outside of his right foot, and the latter looked to complete the one-two, but Buendia let the ball roll through to Kenny McLean who shot from a tight angle against the chest of the onrushing Neil Etheridge.

Christoph Zimmermann was booked for a high foot before clearing the danger from the resulting free-kick and blocking the following corner that Gardner headed towards goal.

Somewhat against the run of play, Norwich broke the deadlock in the 26th minute with a stylish goal. Giannoulis found McLean coming inside from the left, and he in turn picked out Pukki. The angle narrowing, Pukki smacked it into the far corner with his left foot past Etheridge.

Tim Krul saved a good volley from Maxime Colin and then comfortably caught a bouncing effort from Jeremie Bela.

With ten minutes of the first-half remaining, Norwich had a good chance to double their lead. Etheridge brought down Todd Cantwell in the penalty area, but Pukki missed the penalty as he shot straight down the middle, Etheridge saving with his trailing right foot.

Ivan Sanchez then equalised for the hosts, latching onto the rebound after his initial shot was saved by Krul, Norwich having given the ball away in their own half.

Gardner sent top scorer Scott Hogan through on goal on the brink of half-time, but the latter volleyed over the bar.

Max Aarons then went down holding his left leg but looked like he was able to continue before the half-time whistle was blown at 1-1.

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The second half didn't begin with the same tempo the first half ended, but Norwich did look more likely to take the lead again.

McLean lifted the ball forward for Pukki and it dropped for Mario Vrancic who volleyed over the bar.

Norwich then gave the ball away just shy of the hour mark, allowing Bela to cut inside from the left and shoot straight at Krul.

Pukki found himself on the edge of the 18-yard box and crossed for Buendia inside the D, who headed towards the bottom left corner but Etheridge got down to catch it.

Birmingham then had a free-kick come out to Gardner, who sent it high and wide before Farke made his first change, Onel Hernandez coming on for Vrancic.

The Cuban played a lovely pass from a deep position on the left wing to Buendia, who cushioned it first-time into the path of Pukki. Etheridge got to the ball first, however, and Buendia skied the re-bound.

In the end, Hernandez was involved in City taking the lead again. McLean spotted him making a run into the 18-yard box and Hernandez turned back looking for Buendia. His shot ricocheted into Pukki's path, and he was able to trickle it over the line for 2-1 with just under 15 minutes to go.

Kristian Pederson volleyed wide from distance in the 87th minute as Birmingham looked to equalise again.

As Birmingham threw everything at it in the game's dying embers, City countered with Rupp running clean through on goal. Skipp to his right, Rupp selfleslly put the ball on a plate for his midfield partner to put the ball into an open net for 3-1 in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Three points. Wycombe away up next on Sunday.

Birmingham City: Etheridge (GK), Colin, Dean (c), Clarke-Salter, Pedersen, Gardner (Jutkiewicz 83'), Harper (San Jose 70'), Sunjic, Sanchez (Valery 75'), Bela (Roberts 83'), Hogan
Subs not used: Prieto (GK), Friend, Halilovic, McGree, Leko
Goals: Sanchez (38')
Bookings: 

Norwich City: Krul (GK), Aarons, Hanley (c), Zimmermann, Vrancic (Hernandez 64' (Hugill 94')), Cantwell (Rupp 89'), Buendia (Sorensen 94'), Skipp, Pukki (Idah 89'), McLean, Giannoulis
Subs not used: 
Barden (GK), Dowell, Quintilla, Tettey
Goals: Pukki (26', 76'), Skipp (90+5')
Bookings: Zimmermann (19'), Vrancic (63')

HT: 1-1
Venue: St. Andrew's
Referee: Oliver Langford
Attendance: None

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