Predicted Norwich City line-up to face Preston in the Championship
Despite starting the weekend level on points with 2nd-placed Leeds, Norwich are two points clear at the top, thanks to Middlesbrough holding the Whites to a tight 1-1 draw.
Currently in the title driving seat, Daniel Farke has done an extremely impressive job since the season restarted after the holiday break. With their fate in their own hands, this one will be a game that the Canaries should look to win.
Louis Thompson and Carlton Morris have both been sidelined with long-term problems and will hence be unavailable for selection until they return to training in the middle of April.
Timm Klose is recovering rapidly as he grows closer to returning but it looks unlikely that he’ll play this one. Also, Moritz Leitner is back in training after his slight knock but is a doubt to feature.
Probable Norwich City XI
Manager: Daniel Farke
GK – Tim Krul
Norwich’s main man between the sticks, Tim Krul has been huge for the Canaries this season, especially in the game against Leeds United a couple of weeks ago.
RB – Maximillian Aarons
The youngster has been turning heads all over the country with his scintillating performances and at just 19, he’s the first-choice right-back for Norwich.
RCB – Christoph Zimmerman
Another first-team regular at Carrow Road, he has been solid at the back this season and hasn’t shown any signs of tiring.
LCB – Ben Godfrey
The unexpected injury to Timm Klose has given the youngster some valuable game-time and despite being a midfielder, he has really taken to his role well.
LB – Jamal Lewis
Another young player who has impressed the German manager, the wing-backs are a massive attacking outlet and Lewis has been very good this campaign.
LDM – Mario Vrancic
Mario Vrancic starred for the Canaries a couple of weeks ago when he got two goals in the win against Leeds and helped secure top-spot.
RDM – Tom Trybull
Trybull has also stepped up to the plate in the absence of Leitner, who is expected to return to first-team action in the coming weeks.
RAM – Emiliano Buendia
Possibly Norwich’s most creative threat, Buendia has been excellent for the Canaries all season and gets unconditional backing from the fans.
CAM – Marco Stieppermann
The German midfielder is a highly potent attacking threat who can be a game-changer and has been used extremely well by Farke.
LAM – Onel Hernandez
Expect Onel Hernandez to keep his spot on the right-hand side of the midfield as his understanding with Lewis will be crucial to their attacking play.
ST – Teemu Pukki
He has been exceptional for Norwich this campaign, having scored 23 goals in all competitions. He has made the starting striker’s role his own.