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MATCH PREVIEW: NORWICH CITY V WIGAN ATHLETIC

12 September 2016

Latics head to fifth place Norwich City on Tuesday evening.

  • Latics looking to bounce back against Norwich City following Sheffield Wednesday defeat.
  • Fifth place Canaries host 21st place Latics at Carrow Road.
  • Nick Powell and David Perkins doubtful ahead of away fixture.
Sky Bet Championship
Norwich City v Wigan Athletic
Tuesday 13 September, kick off 7.45pm
Carrow Road


PREVIEW

Latics are straight back in action following Saturday's narrow 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough Stadium, as they face the tough test of travelling to recently relegated Norwich City at Carrow Road on Tuesday evening.

The Canaries currently sit fifth in the Sky Bet Championship following their 3-2 home victory over Cardiff City on Saturday as they turned their fortunes around from the 3-0 thrashing they received at Birmingham City before the international fixtures.  Resisting the Bluebirds' comeback on Saturday lifted Alex Neil's side onto 11 points.

Gary Caldwell's Latics suffered their third straight defeat in the division at Hillsborough, dropping to 21st position.

TEAM NEWS



The hosts look set to be without Republic of Ireland international Robbie Brady who is considered a major doubt due to a thigh injury, with Swedish left sider Martin Olsson likely to take his place.

Canaries boss Neil also admitted it may be too soon for summer signing Nelson Oliveira and winger Matt Jarvis.

Latics are also likely to be without a trio of players at Carrow Road, with Nick Powell having a scan on an injury picked up against Sheffield Wednesday, whilst it's considered too early for the returns of David Perkins and Craig Morgan.

You can read the latest injury update from Gary Caldwell by [clicking here].

NORWICH'S SUMMER ACTIVITY

The key to Norwich's success in recent years has been a steady squad and strong core, a theme which seems to have continued into 2016-17, with just five first team departures from Carrow Road in the summer, as Gary O'Neil (Bristol City), Nathan Redmond (Southampton), Jake Kean (Sheffield Wednesday), Ricky Van Wolfswinkel (Vitesse Arnhem) and Vadis Odidja-Ofoe (Legia Warsaw) moving to pastures new.



Sergi Canos

In the door came highly rated Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielders Sergi Canos and Alex Pritchard, alongside goalkeepers Michael McGovern and Paul Jones, as well as former Nottingham Forest loanee Nelson Oliveira from Benfica.

SEASON SO FAR

It's been a largely positive return to the Championship for Alex Neil and his side, winning three of their opening six league games and losing just one.

The opening day proved particularly fruitful with a 4-1 away victory at Blackburn Rovers, followed by two clean sheets in their first two home matches 0-0 against Sheffield Wednesday and 1-0 against Bristol City.

A second draw followed on the road at fierce rivals Ipswich Town, before a thumping 6-1 win against Coventry City in the second round of the EFL Cup at Carrow Road.

The Canaries' first defeat of the season came just before the international fixtures when Gary Rowett's Birmingham City breezed past Norwich 3-0 at St. Andrews'.

Norwich's return to winning ways came swiftly though, holding off Cardiff's attempted comeback on Saturday to win 3-2.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

It's always been a tight call between Latics and Norwich in the past, from the very first meeting, a 1-0 win at Springfield Park in the FA Cup in 1987, to the most recent battle at Carrow Road in March 2015 when Kim Bo-Kyung early strike clinched victory.



Neither side has ever completed a league double over the other, with Norwich winning 1-0 at the DW Stadium in that same 2014/15 season.

Latics have won two, drawn three and lost three league games against the Canaries, with a further two defeats in the League Cup.

Four of those meetings came in consecutive seasons in the Premier League, with both sides victorious in 2012/13, Latics winning 1-0 at home, but losing 2-1 away.  The season prior to that brought about back-to-back 1-1 draws.

Our first league clash came back in the 2003/2004 Championship season, Latics' first ever in the second tier, as two goal scoring icons, Andy Liddell and Iwan Roberts, shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at the JJB Stadium.



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