Canaries stick with same starting XI for Brentford clash as youngster Lewis is named on the bench
PUBLISHED: 19:04 22 December 2017 | UPDATED: 19:12 22 December 2017
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Norwich City boss Daniel Farke has stuck with the same starting XI which started last weekend’s narrow 1-0 defeat at Leeds, for this evening’s Championship clash with Brentford.
Nelson Oliveira again leads the attack, ahead of an attacking midfield three of Marley Watkins, James Maddison and Alex Pritchard.
The changes come on the bench, with the injured Cameon Jerome and Wes Hoolahan replaced by young-left-back Jamal Lewis – his first involvement in first team football – and Yanic Wildschut, who can play up front.
The Canaries have lost six of their last nine matches and are looking to bounce back from that defeat at Leeds last weekend.
Brentford have made five changes, with former Canaries winger Sergi Canos dropping to the bench, alongside Neal Maupay and Josh McEachran, , with Josh Clarke and captain Jon Egan missing out completely.
They are replaced by Chris Mepham, Lasse Vibe, Nico Yennaris, Kamohelo Mokotjo and Florian Jozefzoon.
The Bees are hoping to improve on a 0-0 home draw with Barnsley in their last game and have won just one of their last six matches.
Norwich: Gunn; Pinto (C), Hanley, Klose, Stiepermann; Reed, Vrancic; Pritchard, Maddison, Watkins; Oliveira. Subs: McGovern (GK), Zimmermann, Lewis, Trybull, Tettey, Murphy, Wildschut
Brentford: Bentley; Yennaris (C), Mepham, Bjelland, Barbet; Woods; Jozefzoon, Mokotjo, Sawyers, Watkins; Vibe. Subs: Daniels (GK), Chatzitheodoridis, Mepham, MacLeod, Yennaris, Mokotjo, Jozefzoon
City team news
Wes Hoolahan and Cameron Jerome miss out for the Bees’ visit. Head coach Daniel Farke confirmed yesterday Hoolahan has been struggling with a hip problem, which is also causing him pain in his groin. Jerome has seen a back specialist over a long standing issue with his disc. Farke expects both to play some part over the festive period. James Husband had the final injection of a course of treatment on his groin earlier this week and will not be risked for this game. Jamal Lewis is in Farke’s thoughts, after missing a scheduled development outing against Brighton earmarked as part of his fitness recovery from a knee injury. Louis Thompson, Remi Matthews and Matt Jarvis remain longer term injury absentees. Thompson is expected to be out until late March.
Brentford team news
Josh Clarke is ruled out with a ankle injury. Henrik Dalsgaard may get the nod at right back but the defender has only returned after injury. Alan Judge is again ruled out with a broken leg.
Brentford head coach – Dean Smith
Guided the Bees to a top 10 Championship finish last season. Previously took Walsall to the Football League Trophy final in 2015 during a four-year coaching stint at the Saddlers.
One to watch – Sergi Canos
Brief stint at Carrow Road after signing from Liverpool for a reported £2.5m in July 2016. Made only one Championship start for the Canaries before moving on to Brentford in January 2017. Talented wide player who started in Barcelona’s academy and represented Spain at youth level.
Referee – Jeremy Simpson (Lancs)
Sent three players off in his last two Championship appointments. Shown five red and 88 yellow cards in 21 games this season.