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Norwich City in focus: Nottingham Forest’s opponents previewed ahead of City Ground clash

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Norwich City in focus: Nottingham Forest’s opponents previewed ahead of City Ground clash

Norwich City travel to Forest on Saturday looking to return to winning ways having lost to Stoke City last time out.

Nottingham Forest return to home comforts on Saturday when Norwich City travel to the East Midlands.

The Reds were impressive last time around when they became the first team to defeat Middlesbrough in their own stadium this season, running out 2-0 winners at the Riverside Stadium.

Forest overtook the Canaries in the table with their superb win in the north east, and Saturday’s visitors to the City Ground will be looking to get back among the top six.

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Joe Lolley and Lewis Grabban have been in the goals of late and they will look to act as the Reds’ main threats again on Saturday.

Prior to what looks to be another entertaining Championship encounter, The Boot Room profiles Nottingham Forest’s opponents this weekend.

How have Norwich started?

Well it could have gone better. The Canaries won just once during the first six games of the season and going into the first international break they languished in 18th place in the table.

Since then, however, their form has picked up considerably. Since a 1-1 draw with fierce rivals Ipswich at the start of September, the Canaries have won four, drawn one and lost the other.

The four wins came in succession and lifted Norwich up to fifth in the Championship, before dropped points at Derby and at home to Stoke now see them sit in ninth ahead of Saturday.

Who is the manager?

German boss Daniel Farke is the man currently tasked with leading the Canaries back into the Premier League.

It is safe to say that his remit is very much to achieve top-flight football at Carrow Road, whilst some fans will be delighted to see the team beat the average 14th place that was achieved last season.

Another season similar to 2017/18 isn’t likely to wash with the club’s ambitious hierarchy and top half is a minimum aim this time around.

 

How did these two teams get on against each other last season?

Well it is safe to say that there wasn’t many goals when these two came head-to-head last season.

The Reds edged a cagey affair back in November of last season, with Daryl Murphy scoring late on to earn a vital three points for Mark Warburton’s team.

The game at Carrow Road a goalless draw, with the drab affair not likely to live long in the memory of either sets of supporters.

Who are the players that Forest need to keep an eye on?

Finland international Teemu Pukki is the man in-form with five goals this season. The 28-year-old was signed on a free transfer from Brondby in the summer and Forest must be wary.

Jordan Rhodes is also at Norwich City these days and with a decent track record of scoring against Forest, he too, must be well looked after by the Reds’ defence.

Finally, what formation will Norwich play?

Similar to Forest, the Canaries have lined-up in a 4-2-3-1 so far this season and the like-for-like match up looks set to make for an interesting affair.

Farke has gone with a solid blend of youthful exuberance and vast experience this season and his team look to press high up the pitch and get in behind.

The Reds probably boast slightly more in the way of quality, but both team’s have proven match winners within their ranks.

 

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