Canaries ready to take on Maccabi in first tour game

Alex Neil will work his Norwich City squad hard on their Alpine tour. Picture by Daniel Hambury/Focu

Alex Neil will work his Norwich City squad hard on their Alpine tour. Picture by Daniel Hambury/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Daniel Hambury/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City's countdown to the Premier League moves up a gear this week with Alex Neil's boys at an Alpine training camp – and the Eastern Daily Press is with them every step of the way.

Chief Norwich City football correspondent Paddy Davitt and photographer Paul Chesterton have travelled to Austria to offer an exclusive insight into Neil's preparations ahead of the return to the big time.

City face Israeli powerhouses Maccabi Haifa tonight in their opening tour game just over the border from their German base at Grassau in the Austrian town of Kufstein.

Norwich have hammered non league opposition at Gorleston and Hitchin before a hard-fought 3-1 friendly win at Cambridge United on Friday but the stakes are set to be raised against Haifa, who were the first Israeli club to qualify for the group stages of the Uefa Champions League.

City round off their trip against crack Bundesliga side FC Augsburg on Saturday, who finished fifth in the German top flight and qualified for the Uefa Europa League last season.

Throw in two midweek friendlies in Austria for the Canaries' development squad, Neil's thoughts on the continental leg of their preparations, plus exclusive pictures and online and print content during the week, and the Eastern Daily Press is the only place to get full coverage on a crucial phase in the countdown to Crystal Palace's Premier League visit on August 8.

Follow live coverage of tonight's friendly against Maccabi Haifa here at (5.30pm KO).