2018-19 Sky Bet Championship: Week 36 – Friday

Promotion chasing Norwich City welcome Swansea City to Carrow Road in a pivotal Sky Bet Championship clash. 

Victory for the Canaries will see them stretch their lead over second-placed Leeds to five points, whereas Swansea need maximum points to keep their play-off hopes alive.

 

Team news

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Norwich will hand Todd Cantwell a late fitness test after the midfielder returned to training this week, having had a spell on sidelines with a thigh injury. 

Ivo Pinto is also available after overcoming a foot issue, as Louis Thompson remains ruled out until after international break but he will step up his rehabilitation from a knee injury, whilst Carlton Morris (ankle) is in a similar position. 

Leroy Fer won’t face his former side as he remains out for Swansea with a hamstring strain. 

Defender, Joe Rodon remains missing with a broken metatarsal but has improved his training level. 

Martin Olsson is the Swans’ only long-term absentee with a ruptured Achilles. 

 

Form

Norwich have suffered one loss in their last ten matches but kept just two clean sheets in that run. 

At home, the Canaries are unbeaten in last four with three wins and a draw with only clean sheet coming against Ipswich. 

Swansea enter this with two wins from their last five league games but kept clean sheets in both victories.

Oli McBurnie has scored in Swansea’s last three games with all of his goals coming in second-half. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Norwich have won just two of last five meetings with Swansea, including a 4-1 victory in reverse leg in November (W2, L3). 
  • November’s clash was the first in four games to feature goals from both teams. 
  • Teemu Pukki and Kenny McLean both netted braces in each of Norwich’s last two home matches. 

 

Prediction

This is a huge chance for Norwich but Swansea have drawn blank only once in 2019 so expect a hard fight here. 

The decisive difference here is Norwich’s quality attack whereas Swansea tend to grow into games, with just two of their last 12 goals coming in first-half. 

I really can’t see that significantly changing here in what will be a home win. 

Prediction: Norwich City 2-1 Swansea City

 

 

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