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Championship Preview: Cardiff City v Norwich City

Championship leaders Norwich head to Cardiff on Saturday looking to maintain their four point lead at the top of the table. The two side will be familiar with each other having met at Carrow Road on December 19th, with Norwich winning two goals to nil.

Cardiff manager Neil Harris is under pressure after seeing his side lose four games in a row, a run that has seen The Bluebirds drop to 15th in the table. Norwich have lost just one game in their last nine, a 1-0 defeat at Watford. This run includes seven wins.

Team News

Cardiff are struggling with injuries currently but are hopeful that Wales forward Kieffer Moore will be able to take part this weekend. Full back Greg Cunningham is back training but Saturday’s game comes to soon for him. Cardiff captain Sean Morrison is also likely to miss this match, and Aden Flint (who returned from loan at Sheffield Wednesday this month) will also miss out. On Loan right back Jordi Osei-Tutu came off after 40 minutes of a under 23’s game this week so Leandro Bacuna will continue at right back, whilst Joe Bennett will play a t centre half again.

Cardiff announced this week that Sol Bamba has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and will be receiving treatment. Whilst he won’t be part of the match squad Bamba will be supporting his team mates and continuing his role at the clubs academy. Everyone at 24/7 Football send their thoughts to Sol and his family.

Norwich will be without Bali Mumba and Xavi Quintilla for the trip to Cardiff after the pair tested positive for COVID-19. Goal keeper Tim Krul and Adam Idah are both still recovering from the virus and will not be the match squad. Lukas Rupp and josh Martin will also be out for this game both are ill. Marco Stiepermann is suffering from an ear infection and will miss this game.

Manager Thoughts

Neil Harris dismissed that this is a must win game during his pre-match press conference saying:

“It’s not a must-win game, we are not anywhere near that position.

“We have come away from being very close to it to where we are now.

“To get back there we have to put a consistent run of results together. Whether that’s fit players or new signings, that’s vitally important.

“But then, we have still got a group of players who are good enough to compete at the top of this division.

“We are a side capable of putting a run together. We showed that last season and this season as well.

“This weekend is going to be tough but it’s a game we can win. Then we have a run of games where we can build performances and results.”

Norwich Manager Daniel Farke believes that this will not be a easy victory for his side saying:

“Cardiff are a side who know how they pay. Kieffer Moore could come back in, they have an unbelievably experienced coach. Right now, they’re not in the position they want to be but that have potential to win five or six in a row. 

“It will be a difficult away game and they’ll be highly-motivated coming up against the league leaders at home.

“I trust my players and we’re confident in each and every game. Cardiff will want to show a reaction to the first game. We need a very good performance and we are respectful.”

Prediction; Cardiff 0 v 2 Norwich

Cardiff are on a poor run and still without several key players and lacking a cutting edge in front of goal. Norwich should win this game comfortably.

Kick off for this game is 3pm on Saturday 16th of January.

Two positive cases in latest round of PL Coronavirus Testing

The Premier League confirmed on Saturday that two more people had tested positive for the Coronavirus from the latest round of 1,200 tests to take place on Thursday and Friday.

An unnamed Norwich player was one of them, and the Canaries announced that the player will self-isolate for seven days. He will therefore miss their first game of the restart against Southampton on Friday 19th June.

The player featured in Daniel Farke’s side’s 2-1 friendly victory over Tottenham on Friday , but Spurs have stated that they have no positive cases as the Norwich player had ‘no close contact’ with their squad. As a result, no Tottenham player or member of staff will have to self isolate ahead of their game against Manchester United next Friday.

In a club statement to the BBC, Spurs explained that:

“Close contact has been defined by the Government as being within two meters of a confirmed case for 15 minutes or more. The Norwich player in question confirmed he had no close contacts with our team, and our squad also verified this.

Our testing has continued to return only negative results for Covid-19 since one positive reading was confirmed almost two weeks ago.”

There have now been a total of 16 positive cases from 8,678 tests conducted as the Premier League gears up for it’s return on Wednesday, with Arsenal hosting Manchester City and Sheffield United travelling to Villa Park to take on Aston Villa.

Is this Premier League striker the man to fire the Canaries to the Championship playoffs?

Norwich City have turned their fortunes around over the festive period with two victories and one draw which has seen them rise to 13th in the Championship table. Under manager Daniel Farke the ‘Canaries’ have struggled to find the back of the net though in the league campaign as they have only scored 26 goals, something which the German manager will need to address this transfer window.

The club have Cameron Jerome, Nelson Oliveira and Marley Watkins as registered first team strikers, but with Oliveira leading the trio with 7 goals on the goalscoring charts, it is clear to see that the club need to add some firepower to their team.

With that in mind, the club should turn their attention to West Ham striker Diafra Sakho.

Diafra Sakho – The Senegalese striker wants a move away from the Olympic Stadium and tried to force through a transfer in the summer to French club Rennes but that failed to get completed.

Since coming to England Sakho, has had a decent return in front of goal as he found the back of the net 12 times in all competitions in his first season with the club, before going on to score 7 goals last season. This season he has found game time hard to come by but with his previous season’s record, it shows if given games he will score goals.

He is a wanted man this month as Swansea City are also rumoured to be looking to complete a deal for him, so Norwich would have to move quickly, but he is a player that certainly could help fire the club up the Championship table.

Norwich fans would you like to see Diafra Sakho at Carrow Road? Do you believe you need a striker or should money be spent elsewhere? Let us know in the comments section…

Norwich should sign this prolific striker

Norwich City have made a disastrous start under the tenure of Daniel Farke. The Canaries have picked up just one league victory in five games and scored just six goals in their campaign so far.

Their one league victory came against Queens Park Rangers and since then, they have gone on to lose their next two games and conceded four goals in both. Despite conceding so many goals, the club has strength in depth in their defensive ranks so can rotate the squad to hopefully find the correct formula to keeping the opposition out.

One area of the pitch the club could do with adding bodies to though is up front, as they currently just have three strikers in Nelson Oliveira, Cameron Jerome and Marley Watkins. With this in mind the club should turn their attentions to Sheffield Wednesday striker Jordan Rhodes, who has been linked with a move away from Hillsborough.

Jordan Rhodes – Having had plenty of football league experience playing for no fewer than 10 clubs, the Scottish international is a prolific goal scorer in the Championship.

Rhodes scored over 160 goals for Huddersfield Town and Blackburn Rovers respectively and grabbed a brace in this seasons EFL Cup game for Sheffield Wednesday against Bolton Wanderers, showing that he certainly has an eye for goal.

Recent reports have suggested that Rhodes has been linked with a move away from Hillsborough and with the window shutting tomorrow the ‘Canaries’ are going to have to move quickly to add him to their ranks.

Norwich City fans would you like to see Jordan Rhodes join your club? Is he the man to fire you up the Championship table?…