Written by billythekid
After another visit to the Blue side of Manchester and another 2-1 defeat. Again our side put in a good performance this time in the League Cup against the holders for the last three seasons. Jason Tindall fielded a mixed side of younger fringe players with more experienced first-team players. Our next game is back to the nitty-gritty of league football.
We meet one of the sides that were relegated from the Premier League with ourselves. Norwich City were relegated in the last place but have a very good record of bouncing back up into the top league in recent years, but unable to retain their place for more than one season. This game will again take place behind closed doors at Dean Court on Sunday at 4 pm.
They still have the same manager despite being relegated in bottom place from the Premier League. Daniel Farke joined the Canaries in the 2017-18 season and his record to date is W 56, D 38, L 55, so hopefully, our team can equal up the win and lose column! They started off life back in the Championship with a 0-1 away win at Huddersfield. In their next game at home at Carrow Road, they drew 2-2 with Preston.
They have been busy bringing new players into their club during the summer transfer window. Among those signed, striker Jordan Hugill from West Ham for an undisclosed fee. Midfielder Kieran Dowell from Everton for an undisclosed fee. Midfielder Przemyslaw Placheta from Slask Wroclaw for £2.7 million. Midfielder Jacob Sorensen from Esbjerg undisclosed fee. Defender Bali Mumba from Sunderland another undisclosed fee. Also, they have some free and loan signings. Going out the door was Jamal Lewis who signed for Newcastle United.
Our last meeting against Norwich City at Dean Court was back in October when the game ended 0-0. Our most recent meeting was at Carrow Road in January this year, the Canaries winning 1-0 after Pukki scored from the spot. This was after Steve Cook had made a fingertip save to keep the ball from going into the net, unfortunately, he wasn’t in goal and received a red card in the first half of the game. His wasn’t the only dismissal, in the second half, the Norwich player Godfrey was sent off.
In all our home games in the leagues against Norwich, AFCB have W 9, D 8, L 11. In all competitions, AFCB have W 19, D 16, L 24.
AFCB Team News
Lloyd Kelly went off at the Manchester City game with a hamstring problem. No news yet on Josh King, who wasn’t in the squad on Thursday night. Otherwise, no new injury problems mentioned. Jason Tindall will probably revert to his usual league lineup for the league game. Though some of the players against City must have given him food thought.
AFCB Player To Watch
After the form he showed against Manchester City, David Brooks playing in the number 10 role was our playmaker and he seemed to have a good understanding with Sam Surridge. Would be good to see those play against Norwich City. But Jason will probably bring Dominic Solanke back.
Norwich C Team News
Emi Buendia has been out with an injury, Kieran Dowell has had surgery on his ankle ligament. Marco Stiepermann has been out with a back problem.
Norwich C Player To Watch
Teemu Pukki scored 11 goals in the Premier League last season, but the season before he was prolific in the Championship scoring 29 goals. Todd Cantwell another Player to keep an eye on.