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STARTING XIs: Stiepermann and Vrancic return as City make changes at Watford

PUBLISHED: 17:58 07 July 2020 | UPDATED: 17:58 07 July 2020

Marco Stiepermann starts at Watford for Norwich Picture: Focus Images/Focus Images

Marco Stiepermann starts at Watford for Norwich Picture: Focus Images/Focus Images

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Marco Stiepermann makes his first Premier League start since December as Daniel Farke makes three changes to his Norwich City starting XI for this evening’s game at Watford.

Todd Cantwell drops out of the squad due to a hamstring problem, after the England U21 midfielder featured as a substitute during Saturday’s 1-0 home loss to Brighton, a fifth consecutive loss.

Teemu Pukki and Mario Vrancic are also back in the starting line-up, with Ondrej Duda, Josip Drmic and Kenny McLean dropping to the bench, with McLean having an ankle issue.

Alex Tettey has overcome a knee concern to remain in the starting line-up for the 6pm kick-off though, with youngsters Jordan Thomas, Josh Martin and Adam Idah all among the substitutes.

The Canaries remain without defenders Christoph Zimmermann (back), Grant Hanley and Sam Byram (both hamstring), as well as midfielder Mo Leitner (groin).

They are seven points adrift and know that defeat tonight would mean they will be relegated on Saturday if they are beaten by West Ham at Carrow Road - while failing to score would equal a club record of six league games without scoring, set in 2007.

Stiepermann starts his first Premier League game since the 2-2 home draw with Tottenham in December and Vrancic for the first time since a 4-0 loss at Manchester United in January.

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The hosts are just a point above the relegation zone after three consecutive defeats, losing 3-0 at Chelsea on Saturday, leaving them equally desperate for the win.

They make two changes, with former Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck and defender Adam Masina coming in for Adrian Mariappa and Nathaniel Chalobah.

NORWICH (4-2-3-1): Krul: Aarons, Godfrey, Klose, Lewis; Tettey (C), Vrancic; Buendia, Stiepermann, Hernandez; Pukki. Subs: McGovern (GK), Thomas, Rupp, Trybull, McLean, Duda, Martin, Drmic, Idah

WATFORD (4-2-3-1): Foster; Femenia, Kabasele, Dawson, Masina; Capoue, Hughes; Sarr, Doucoure, Welbeck; Deeney (C). Subs: Gomes (GK), Mariappa, Cleverley, Chalobah, Cathcart, Pedro, Gray, Pussetto, Pereyra

REFEREE: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

VAR: Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)

- You can follow all the updates, analysis and reaction from Vicarage Road with our reporters in our Matchday Live blog

PL FIXTURES

Tuesday: Palace v Chelsea (6pm), Arsenal v Leicester (8.15pm)

Wednesday: Man City v Newcastle, Sheff Utd v Wolves, West Ham v Burnley (all 6pm), Brighton v Liverpool (8.15pm)

Thursday: Bournemouth v Tottenham, Everton v Southampton (both 6pm), Villa v Man Utd (8.15pm)


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