[Image] Predicted 4-2-3-1 Norwich City XI to face Middlesbrough – can the Canaries keep their lead at the top?

Middlesbrough vs Norwich City predictions: Norwich City line-up

Norwich City, at the moment, have the best chance of getting themselves promoted, and Sheffield United sit four points behind them. The Canaries have been in fine form, winning their last five games, which has given them a pretty decent lead over Leeds United and Sheffield United.

But they need to keep their form going especially given the fact that there are just eight games left in the season. A four or even five-point lead is not an impossible target for the chasers with eight games left in the season and this will complicate things.

The fact that manager Daniel Farke and company play Middlesbrough in their next game does make it easier for their competitors. Under manager Tony Pulis, Boro have turned into a defensive giant, conceding just 31 goals this season.

However, they’ve only managed to score 41 goals and the reverse fixture ended in favour of Norwich. It was a cagey affair, with the Canaries dominating almost everything and it took nearly 60 minutes for the scoring to be opened.

While Norwich City will no way be hoping for the same thing in the away game, it will certainly be an interesting clash to watch.

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Team News

Daniel Farke has a healthy team at his disposal barring both Louis Thompson and Carlton John Morris, who are out with injuries. While Thompson has returned to training, he may not make the cut for the game against Middlesbrough.

Probable Norwich City XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Manager: Daniel Farke

Tim Krul (GK)

A veteran, the 31-year-old has bags of experience and more importantly, has been a big part of Daniel Farke’s team this season.

Max Aarons (RB)

Barely 19 years old, the right-back has played so well this season, which has earned him a place in the team of the season.

Ben Godfrey (CB)

The cornerstone of Norwich City’s defence, Godfrey has played every game since the start of December and should keep his place.

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Christoph Zimmerman (CB)

Another key star in Norwich City’s back-line, the 26-year-old has been Godfrey’s perfect partner and should keep his place in the starting eleven.

Jamal Lewis (LB)

With 33 appearances to his name, Lewis is among Daniel Farke’s most popular players this season, with only Teemu Pukki, Marco Stiepermann, and Tim Krul playing more than him.

Tom Trybull (RDM)

With Alexander Tettey injured, Trybull has stepped up and become manager Daniel Farke’s number one star.

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Kenny McLean (LDM)

With Moritz Leitner struggling to make an impact, McLean has stepped into his place, even scoring a crucial goal last game.

Marco Stiepermann (CAM)

The only attacking midfielder at Norwich City’s disposal, the German has stepped up and played in 34 games this season, producing 13 goals.

Emiliano Buendia (RW)

Easily among Norwich City’s best players this season, the Argentine has been in good form and furthermore, has nine assists to his name.

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Teemu Pukki (ST)

A team of the season pick, the former Schalke flop has resurrected his career, scoring 24 goals and creating 9 this season.

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Onel Hernandez (LW)

The 26-year-old has made 31 appearances this season and has responded with 6 goals and 8 assists to his name.

Written by Siddhant Lazar

Tom Landry once said "Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it's so incredible, it's unbelievable."

Football is and always will be the beautiful game. What every child understands, yet every adult struggles to, is that it is a game that defines the nature of the universe. But that's just me.

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