Farke makes four changes as Canaries take on struggling Sunderland
PUBLISHED: 19:10 10 April 2018 | UPDATED: 20:39 10 April 2018
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Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke has surprisingly reverted to the team which started last week’s 4-1 defeat at QPR for tonight’s game at Sunderland.
The City boss has made four changes, bringing Christoph Zimmermann and James Husband back into defence in place of Timm Klose and Jamal Lewis, who had returned to the team for Saturday’s impressive 3-1 home win over Aston Villa.
Wes Hoolahan also returns in attacking midfield as Alex Tettey starts on the bench, with Nelson Oliveira returning up front despite Dennis Srbeny scoring his first goal for the Canaries at the weekend.
The Canaries bounced back from successive defeats to Fulham and QPR with that 3-1 win over promotion-chasing Villa on Saturday, to move back into the top half of the table.
However, that was just a second win in 11 matches as consistency continues to elude Farke’s team as a mid-table finish looms.
Sunderland make two changes, with the injured Marc Wilson and Paddy McNair replaced by Adam Matthews and Ovie Ejaria.
The Black Cats have won just one of their last 13 matches, a surprise 4-1 win at high-flying Derby, claiming seven from a possible 39 points to leave themselves deep in relegation trouble.
Defeat this evening could potentially leave them 10 points adrift with 12 points left to play for but with their final two games against champions elect Wolves and in-form Fulham, dropping down to League One is already looking likely.
Norwich: Gunn; Pinto (C), Hanley, Zimmermann, Husband; Reed, Vrancic; Hoolahan, Maddison, Murphy; Oliveira. Subs: McGovern (GK), Klose, Raggett, Lewis, Leitner, Tettey, Srbeny
Sunderland: Camp; Love, Kone, O’Shea (C), Matthews; Cattermole; Gooch, Ejaria, Honeyman, McGeady; Fletcher. Subs: Steele (GK), Oviedo, Clarke-Salter, Lua Lua, McManaman, Robson, Asoro
City team news
Alex Tettey, Harrison Reed, Mario Vrancic and Ivo Pinto will be late calls, with the quartet feeling the effects of a recent gruelling spell. Marley Watkins (sickness) is also unavailable but targeting a return for Cardiff this weekend. Onel Hernandez (hamstring), Tom Trybull (ankle) and Marco Stiepermann (hernia op) will not be risked as they step up recoveries. Matt Jarvis and Louis Thompson are long term absentees.
Sunderland team news
Paddy McNair and Marc Wilson have been ruled out after picking up knocks in the 1-1 draw at Leeds on Saturday. Bryan Oviedo returns to the squad after a thigh injury.
Sunderland manager – Chris Coleman
Guided Wales to the Euro 2016 semi-finals but after missing out on the World Cup this summer opted to return to the club game with the relegation-threatened Wearsiders. Previously managed Coventry City and Fulham in this country.
One to watch – Lee Cattermole
Invariably a key figure in the most recent meetings between the clubs. One of the old guard on Wearside, but started his career with Middlesbrough. Combative midfielder who represented England at every age group level below seniors. Poised for his 200th Sunderland appearance.
Referee – David Coote (Notts)
Shown five red and 138 yellow cards in 33 appointments this season.