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Farke makes six changes to Canaries’ starting XI for Burton battle

PUBLISHED: 14:15 30 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:36 30 December 2017

Mario Vrancic returns to City's starting line-up. 
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Mario Vrancic returns to City's starting line-up. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Head coach Daniel Farke has made sweeping changes to Norwich City’s starting line-up for this afternoon Championship battle at Burton, bringing in six fresh players.

Grant Hanley and James Husband return in defence in place of Timm Klose and youngster Jamal Lewis, who both drop to the bench, as Farke rotates his squad with a home game against Millwall to follow quickly on Monday.

Harrisson Reed starts in place of Alex Tettey alongside Tom Trybull in holding midfield, with Marley Watkins, Mario Vrancic and Wes Hoolahan in the attacking midfield roles in place of James Maddison, Alex Pritchard and Josh Murphy.

The Canaries picked up just their second win in 12 matches with a 2-0 victory at bottom-of-the-table Birmingham City on Boxing Day.

Burton make two changes to their team, Jake Buxton missing out and replaced by Kyle McFadzean, with Luke Murphy returning in midfield and John Brayford on the bench as Nigel Clough switches from 5-4-1 to a 4-3-3 formation.

Albion followed up away wins at Bolton and Reading with a 2-1 home defeat to Leeds on Tuesday – their eighth consecutive loss at the Pirelli Stadium.

Norwich (4-2-3-1): Gunn; Pinto (C), Zimmermann, Hanley, Husband; Reed, Trybull; Watkins, Vrancic, Hoolahan; Oliveira. Subs: McGovern (GK), Klose, Lewis, Tettey, Maddison, Pritchard, Murphy

Burton (4-3-3): Bywater: Akins, McFadzean, Turner, Flanagan; Naylor, Murphy (C), Allen; Scannell, Sordell, Dyer. Subs: Ripley (GK), Warnock, Brayford, Miller, Palmer, Akpan, Sbarra

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City team news

Cameron Jerome (back) and Wes Hoolahan (hip) are back in training and available but left-back Marco Stiepermann (groin) misses out and will sit out Millwall on Monday. Matt Jarvis (ankle) and Louis Thompson (Achilles) are still out long term.

Burton team news

Loan midfielder Luke Murphy is set to return having missed Tuesday’s 2-1 home defeat to parent club Leeds. Irish forward Joe Mason remains out due to illness and midfielder Matty Lund is also struggling for full fitness after illness, with manager Nigel Clough suggesting he will rotate his squad due to the volume of games.

One to watch – Lloyd Dyer

Biggest goal threat and, at 35, has lost none of his pace. Top scorer with three goals in 20 games.

Burton manager – Nigel Clough

Took Albion from the third tier of non-league up to League Two during first stint in charge between 1998 and 2009. Returned in December 2015 after time at Derby and Sheffield United, leading the Brewers to the Championship for the first time and avoided relegation – by one point.

Referee – Robert Jones (Cheshire)

Has shown 58 yellow and five red cards during 23 matches so far this season, most of which have been in League Two.

Never taken charge of a Norwich or Burton game, having only qualified as a Football League referee ahead of the 2016-17 season.

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