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

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Championship clash between Wycombe Wanderers and Norwich City, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Championship leaders Norwich City square off against Wycombe Wanderers on Sunday afternoon looking to extend their winning streak to five matches.

The home side, who are eight points adrift of safety, welcome the Canaries to Adams Park having collected seven points from their most recent four fixtures.


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Norwich City manager Daniel Farke pictured in February 2021© Reuters

Despite showing signs that they may falter in the race for promotion, claiming maximum points from their last four fixtures has put Norwich in a strong position ahead of the final 14 games of the season.

Daniel Farke's men now hold a seven-point advantage over the chasing pack, a margin maintained with a win away at Birmingham City on Tuesday evening.

While there has not necessarily been anything spectacular about Norwich's last three performances, they are having few issues with outclassing opponents further down the table.

Teemu Pukki has scored six goals in his last four appearances, taking his tally for the season to 17 strikes from just 28 outings.

As it stands, the Finn's contribution is the difference between automatic promotion and the playoffs, but Farke knows that he must continue to rely on a defence which has conceded just two goals in four matches.

Wycombe's Fred Onyedinma celebrates scoring their first goal against Reading in the Championship on February 23, 2021© Reuters

From Wycombe's perspective, they take on the top team in the second tier still eight points adrift of safety, increasing the need for victories as soon as possible.

Nevertheless, Gareth Ainsworth will be satisfied with two wins and a draw from the club's last four fixtures, arguably giving his team licence to play with more freedom on Sunday.

Avoiding defeat would be considered a bonus by everyone associated with the division minnows, although that is not to say that this side should be written off.

Two successive clean sheets have been kept in games versus Millwall and Reading, the second of those contests ending in a 1-0 success after finishing the game with 10 men.

Wycombe Wanderers Championship form: LLWLDW

Norwich City Championship form: DLWWWW


Team News

Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth pictured in September 2020© Reuters

Wycombe must make do without Ryan Tafazolli after the centre-back was sent off against Reading in midweek.

Jason McCarthy is expected to be brought into the backline in what may prove to be the only change to the starting lineup.

Having five days to recover from the last game could lead to Farke selecting an unchanged Norwich XI.

Christoph Zimmermann may continue in the centre of defence, but Lukas Rupp is an alternative in midfield if Farke wants to introduce fresh legs.

Wycombe Wanderers possible starting lineup:
Stockdale; Grimmer, McCarthy, Stewart, Obita; Wheeler, Mehmeti, Knight; McCleary, Ikpeazu, Onyedinma

Norwich City possible starting lineup:
Krul; Aarons, Hanley, Zimmermann, Giannoulis; McLean, Skipp; Buendia, Rupp, Cantwell; Pukki


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We say: Wycombe Wanderers 0-2 Norwich City

With Wycombe having improved in recent games, Farke will not underestimate the capabilities of the home side. Nevertheless, the Canaries are ticking over efficiently, and we expect the visitors to claim a hard-fought victory over the Chairboys.



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20Derby CountyDerby411110203046-1643
21Coventry CityCoventry401012183656-2042
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