Six changes again as Canaries bring back front-line players for Millwall battle
PUBLISHED: 14:08 01 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:17 01 January 2018
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Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke has made six changes to his starting XI for the second match in succession ahead of today’s home clash with mid-table rivals Millwall.
Timm Klose and Jamal Lewis come back into defence having both played key parts in the 2-0 Boxing Day win at Birmingham, although Grant Hanley keeps his place ahead of Christoph Zimmermann, who drops to the bench.
Alex Tettey, who had to come on for Harrison Reed midway through the first half of Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Burton, starts alongside Tom Trybull again.
The other changes, as expected, come in attacking midfield where Alex Pritchard, James Maddison and Josh Murphy come in for Mario Vrancic, Marley Watkins and Wes Hoolahan, the Irishman missing out completely.
Millwall make two changes to their XI, with former Canaries striker Steve Morison starting, as Neil Harris brings in Shaun Williams and Fred Onyedinma for Jed Wallace and Aiden O’Brien.
The Lions arrive without an away win from their 13 attempts so far this season – and have not won at Carrow Road in almost 50 years, since a 3-0 success in Division Two in November 1958, City winning seven and drawing three of the Norfolk encounters since then.
However, they have lost just one of their last six matches, beating QPR 1-0 at The Den on Friday to sit just a point and two places behind the Canaries in 15th in the table.
Norwich: Gunn; Pinto (C), Hanley, Klose, Lewis; Tettey, Trybull; Pritchard, Maddison, Murphy; Oliveira. Subs: McGovern (GK), Zimmermann, Husband, Vrancic, Wildschut, Watkins, Jerome
Millwall: Archer; Romero, Hutchinson, Cooper, Meredith; Onyedinma, Tunnicliffe, Saville, Williams; Morison (C), Gregory. Subs: Martin (GK), Craig, Mbulu, O’Brien, Thompson, Wallace, Twardek
City team news
Harrison Reed (hip) is expected to miss out after his early exit at Burton. Marco Stiepermann (groin) is another absentee but striker Cameron Jerome (back) is set to be available. Matt Jarvis (ankle) and Louis Thompson (Achilles) are still out long term.
Millwall team news
Big striker Tom Elliott is expected to be in contention. Full-back Conor McLaughlin remains doubtful while midfielder Shane Ferguson and defender Byron Webster are ruled out.
One to watch – Steve Morison
Former Norwich City striker scored his first goal of the season in Friday’s 1-0 Championship win over QPR. Was a major thorn in his old club’s side in the corresponding 4-0 league win for the Lions at the Den. Millwall’s match-winner in last season’s League One play-off victory at Wembley. Scored 10 goals in 53 league appearances for the Canaries during a two-year stint.
Millwall manager – Neil Harris
Legendary Lions figure. Millwall’s all-time leading goalscorer, when he surpassed Teddy Sheringham’s mark in 2009. Started his coaching career at the Den four years later and guided Millwall to the Championship last season, after missing out in the League One play-off final the previous year.
Referee – Stephen Martin (Staffs)
Booked Christoph Zimmermann and Mario Vrancic in Norwich‘s 2-1 Championship defeat at Bolton. Has shown 51 yellow and two red cards during 24 matches so far this season.