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Preview: Norwich City vs. Brentford - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Championship clash between Norwich City and Brentford, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Norwich City and Brentford square off on Wednesday evening as the top two clubs in the Championship look to move a step closer to Premier League promotion.

The home side currently hold a seven-point advantage courtesy of winning five games in a row, capitalising on a brief lull in form from the Bees.


Match preview

Norwich City's Oliver Skipp in action with Wycombe Wanderers' Anis Mehmeti in the Championship on February 28, 2021© Reuters

Norwich were not necessarily at their best against Wycombe Wanderers on Sunday afternoon, eventually sealing a 2-0 victory through Adam Idah's late goal.

However, Daniel Farke is prioritising points over performances at this stage of the season, and the German will be increasingly optimistic that the Canaries can seal an immediate return to the Premier League.

Swansea's two matches in hand ensure that complacency will not become an issue behind the scenes at Carrow Road, but holding a 10-point advantage over third-placed Watford puts Norwich in a favourable position.

Teemu Pukki has been outstanding in recent weeks, scoring in five successive fixtures with a total of seven strikes coming during that period.

As much praise should be given to the team's defensive unit, which has conceded just two goals since the defeat at Swansea on February 5.

Brentford's Vitaly Janelt celebrates after scoring their first goal on February 27, 2021© Reuters

At a time when Norwich have been finding a way to maintain a potentially-decisive winning streak, Brentford have been forced to overcome the disappointment of an unforeseen loss in form.

Three defeats in a row have left Thomas Frank's side off the pace in the race for the title, but victories over Sheffield Wednesday and Stoke City have got the Bees back on track.

Frank will be encouraged that their triumph at the weekend came after falling behind to a first-minute goal, the winner eventually being scored by the returning Ivan Toney.

Brentford are a different side without their leading talisman in their side, and his return from a minor injury could prove to be significant over the coming weeks.

The reverse fixture in October ended in a 1-1 draw with Kenny McLean's 87th-minute effort cancelling out Toney's opener in the first half.

Norwich City Championship form: LWWWWW

Brentford Championship form: WLLLWW


Team News

Todd Cantwell celebrates scoring for Norwich City on March 4, 2020© Reuters

Todd Cantwell remains a major doubt for Norwich after missing the game at the weekend due to a calf problem.

Przemyslaw Placheta is in contention to feature on the left flank, but the remainder of the starting XI could remain the same.

Mathias Jensen and Sergi Canos could return to the Brentford side after featuring as substitutes against Stoke.

Christian Norgaard will remain among the replacements, while Pontus Jansson and Rico Henry are still sidelined for the Bees.

Norwich City possible starting lineup:
Krul; Aarons, Hanley, Gibson, Giannoulis; McLean, Skipp; Buendia, Vrancic, Placheta; Pukki

Brentford possible starting lineup:
Raya; Dalsgaard, Pinnock, Reid, Sorensen; Dasilva, Janelt, Jansen; Mbeumo, Toney, Canos


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We say: Norwich City 1-1 Brentford

While both teams will want all three points on Wednesday night, Norwich know that they will still benefit from a share of the spoils. With that in mind, we expect the home side to take fewer risks, potentially settling for a point if Brentford push forward during the closing stages.



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2Watford412410759273282
3Swansea CitySwansea412291050311975
4Brentford402013771403173
5Bournemouth4120111066402671
6Barnsley412181254441071
7Reading411991356451166
8Cardiff CityCardiff4116111457451259
9Millwall411416114140158
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16Preston North EndPreston41146214155-1448
17Blackburn RoversBlackburn411211185247547
18Birmingham CityBirmingham411112183150-1945
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield411111194362-1944
20Derby CountyDerby411110203046-1643
21Coventry CityCoventry401012183656-2042
22Rotherham UnitedRotherham38116214152-1139
23Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds41118223454-2035
24Wycombe WanderersWycombe4189243064-3433

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