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Match Preview: Norwich City v Stoke City

12 February 2021

Norwich City welcome Stoke City to Carrow Road for Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture at 3pm.

Our Match Preview looks at the Potters’ season so far, the officials in charge of the weekend’s game, and how you can follow the action live from home.

The opposition

With a positive record of nine wins, 12 draws and seven defeats in the league, Stoke sit ninth in the Championship ahead of the weekend on 39 points.

However, Michael O’Neill’s side are currently suffering a worse run of form than any other side in the top half, without a win in ten games in all competitions.

That began just before Christmas with Carabao Cup defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, which was followed by draws to Coventry City, Nottingham Forest and a loss to AFC Bournemouth.

Leicester City then knocked Stoke out of the FA Cup before the Potters drew with Blackburn Rovers, Rotherham United and lost to Watford.

Most recently, Stoke have taken a point each from draws against Huddersfield Town and Reading.

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Head-to-head

In the 56 meetings between Norwich and Stoke since 1960, there have been 18 Norwich wins, 21 Stoke wins and 17 draws.

Last time we met was at the bet365 Stadium in November when an impressive first half with goals from Emi Buendia and Teemu Pukki saw Norwich win 3-2, despite Buendia’s sending off and Tim Krul’s injury.

The Canaries will be looking to avoid a repeat of Stoke’s previous visit to Carrow Road, when a Timm Klose own goal separated the sides as the visitors won 1-0 in October 2018.

Ref watch

Jeremy Simpson has been appointed to take charge of Saturday's match, Graham Kane and Nigel Lugg his assistants and Tim Robinson the fourth official.

The last time Simpson saw over a Norwich game was for our 1-1 draw at Brentford towards the end of October.

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Virtual mascots and Junior Fan of the Match

Meet our 11 virtual mascots for Saturday's game by clicking here!

We’re delighted to have Gabrielle from Swaffham as our Junior Fan of the Match! Gabrielle has been working really hard during lockdown. Both of her parents are key workers so she’s still been going to school and studying even when her friends are at home! We asked Gabrielle some quickfire questions 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.

By tuning into iFollow, you gain access to HD four-camera coverage, replays and BBC Radio Norfolk commentary. 

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, with City legends Darren Eadie and Rob Newman in the studio, on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube from 2.30pm.

Otherwise, Norwich City's website and social channels on Twitter, Facebook 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

City bounce back with victory over Stoke

13 February 2021

Norwich City bounced back to winning ways with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.

Goals in the first-half from Todd Cantwell and Teemu Pukki put the Canaries in firm control at half-time, only for Stoke to benefit from a defensive error to pull one back on the hour mark through Nick Powell.

However, the Canaries wrestled superiority back and eased to victory with further goals from the returning Emi Buendia and Pukki (pen).

Daniel Farke made three changes to the starting line-up from the side that faced Swansea City last time out. In came Dimitris Giannoulis, Mario Vrancic and Buendia for Jacob Sorensen, Lukas Rupp and Przemyslaw Placheta.

Michael O’Neill also made two changes to his side’s starting eleven as James Chester and Nick Powell came into the side at the expense of James McLean and Danny Batth.

City, with leaders Brentford not playing against Barnsley until Sunday, knew a victory would take them back to the top of the division, while Stoke were looking to halt a run of eight Championship games without victory to reignite their own promotion push.

Stoke went closest in the early exchanges when John Obi Mikel fired just wide from a corner, but Norwich responded really well after that. Buendia and Pukki both had close range efforts blocked after five minutes and then Vrancic tested the returning Stoke keeper Angus Gunn with a first-time volley.

However, there was nothing Stoke or Gunn could do about Norwich’s opener. It was a free-flowing move which started with Tim Krul, Ben Gibson and Grant Hanley keeping the ball superbly at the back for Cantwell to then suddenly break forward from halfway and play a neat one-two on the edge of the box before firing home.

The goal was no more than City deserved and they continued to pressurise Stoke as the half progressed. However, the Potters were more than a threat at the other end and they had the ball in the net on 25 minutes when Steven Fletcher nodded home but the flag was up for offside.

It was 2-0 on the stroke of half-time as City capitalised on some weak Stoke defending. Buendia pickpocketed Morgan Fox and crossed for Pukki to nestle home his 12th goal of the season.

Stoke came out the second-half firing and superb recovery work from Hanley prevented Fletcher’s goalbound effort reducing the arrears.

City gifted Stoke a route back into the match ten minute after the restart – Giannoulis’ pass across the edge of the area was picked up by Powell and he rolled the ball past Tim Krul. Game on.

However, Giannoulis recovered superbly from that lapse in concentration to dribble past Nathan Collins and cross for Buendia to divert home City’s third of the game on 64 minutes and restore the two-goal buffer.

City sealed the three points with a little over ten minutes remaining. Buendia was fouled in the area after producing a neat piece of skill and Pukki rolled home the penalty for 4-1.

Norwich City: Krul; Aarons, Hanley (C), Gibson, Giannoulis; McLean, Skipp (Sorensen, 81); Cantwell (Hernandez, 82), Vrancic (Rupp, 71), Buendia (Dowell, 85); Pukki (Idah, 85)
Subs not used: Barden, Zimmermann, Quintilla, Tettey
Goals: Cantwell (15), Pukki (44, pen 78), Buendia (64)
Bookings: None
Red cards: None

Stoke City: Gunn; Collins, Souttar, Chester, Fox; Mikel (C) (McClean, 62), Clucas (Cousins, 82), Allen (Thompson, 85), Powell, Clarke (Matondo, 46); Fletcher (Vokes, 71)
Subs not used:
Bursik, Batth, Smith, Brown
Goals: Powell (61)
Bookings: Powell (42), Obi Mikel (43)
Red cards: None

HT: 2-0
Venue:
Carrow Road
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson

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