Whilst the FA Cup takes centre stage, there is a massive Championship clash taking place at Carrow Road as Norwich meet Sheffield United in a top of table clash. 

Just three points separate these sides sat second and fourth coming into this showdown, and a win for either could see a move in position as the Canaries aim to displace Leeds at top.

As for the Blades, they will leapfrog Norwich on goal difference into second with the three points, so all to play for here. 

 

Team news

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Norwich will hand midfielder, Emiliano Buendia a late fitness test after being subbed last weekend against Birmingham with a dead leg.

Alex Tettey (abductor muscle) and Moritz Leitner (ankle) are unavailable as they continue their rehabilitation.

Defender, Timm Klose is still sidelined with a knee injury but doesn’t require surgery whilst striker, Carlton Morris is doubtful with a knock picked up playing for U23s.

Sheffield United have no fresh injury concerns with new signings, Gary Madine and Kieran Dowell both in contention to start. 

 

Form

Norwich are unbeaten in four of last five but three of those results have been draws with two of those finishing 1-1. 

Last weekend’s goals all came in first half, ending a run of 13 second half goals in eight league games. 

Sheffield United’s five match winning run came to an end last weekend when Swansea beat them through an Oli McBurnie goal. 

That defeat was first time in five away matches that the Blades failed to score, last failing to find the net in early November at Nottingham Forest. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Norwich have lost their last two meetings with Sheffield United by a 2-1 result, having won the previous three clashes beforehand. 
  • Both teams have scored in four of last five meetings. 
  • Norwich’s 53 points at this stage is 16 points better than what they had managed by this point last season, whilst United have collected only four more points than they did last season at this stage. 
  • Sheffield United’s Leon Clarke has only scored on three occasions this season, having managed 15 goals in their opening 28 league games last season.
  • Billy Sharp has doubled his league goal tally for Sheffield United from eight goals by this point last season to 16 goals in this campaign. 

 

Prediction

With both teams playing exciting football at minute and finding the net, this should be an entertaining clash. 

Norwich however have lost at home to Leeds and West Brom already this season, which is rather worrying but Sheffield United will push them all the way for a point apiece. 

Prediction: Norwich City 1-1 Sheffield United

Result: Norwich City 2-2 Sheffield United

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