Match Day Thread Derby County Vs Norwich City, Sat 10th April @15:00

Discussion in 'Norwich City' started by zogean_king, Apr 8, 2021.

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Who will win?

  1. Rams

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  2. No-one

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  3. Canary

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  4. Reading

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  1. zogean_king

    zogean_king Well-Known Member

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    The Canaries are back in action this weekend for game 41 of the season against the Rams. The mid-week fortunes were different for the two clubs with Norwich recording a thumping win and Derby losing to Reading. Pukki has a chance to be in clear 10th place in the all time Norwich scorers, or, if he gets another hat trick join Les Eyre in 9th place with 69 goals.

    Norwich have one former Ram in their squad as Kieran Dowell played for them on loan ten times. Derby have three former Canaries in their ranks; David Marshall plus both Andre Wisdom and Patrick Roberts who were on loan to Norwich on various Premier League forays.

    In total the clubs have played 69 times, Norwich winning 28 times, drawing 19 and losing 22 times. Norwich last beat Derby in 2017.

    Form
    Derby LWLDL
    Norwich WDDWW


    Well it had to be this for the Radio Norfolk commentators going mental:
     
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  2. carrowcanario

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    Norwich 6 games left to play and we're on 87 points, having averaged well over 2 points per game (2 points per game + 7, or 2.17/game if you prefer). Our fantastic performance against Huddersfield saw us back to winning ways and as a result we now have the best goal difference in the league, 6 better than Watford. Omobadmidele played well again and with the exception of him for Gibson, we started the game with what many would consider our strongest team.

    I’m struggling to find anyone that doesn’t believe we will be get promoted and mathematically we only need 5 more points to guarantee promotion. In fact, if we win our next game and other results go our way, we could be promoted this weekend. Watford started to gain ground on us as a result of the Blackburn & Preston draws, but we increased the gap as a result of the last round of games. After the Huddersfield performance I’m more confident that we will win the league and if we can match them for points over the next 2 games, we can secure the title by beating them. The title is still ours to lose, but you never know with Norwich. Currently we are 22 points above Bournemouth (who are in 7th place, but have a game in hand), 2nd in form table with 14 points from the last 6 games and on a 12 game unbeaten run. We are still in the running to break a couple of club records. Most wins in a season, currently 29 (League 1 - 2009/10) / Most league points, Currently 95 (League 1 - 2009/10).

    Our next game is away to Derby on Saturday, KO 3pm. Derby are 19th in the form table with 5 points from the last 6 and are the only team to beat us in a 'smash & grab' at home this season. It would be great to put the record straight, with a Huddersfield style performance against them. Our other remaining games are Bournemouth (H), Watford (H), QPR (A), Reading (H) & Barnsley (A).

    Watford are 8 points behind us with 79 points and are still the only team that have any real chance of finishing above us. As well as being 2nd in the league they are top of the form table with 16 points from the last 6, having dropped 2 points by drawing with Middlesbrough. Whilst at first glance their current form looks impressive this is on the back of some easier games and when they have played stronger teams (Cardiff & Middlesbrough) they have struggled. Watford play Reading, who are 9th in the form table with 9 points from 6, in the Friday night game, KO 7.45pm. Reading are in real danger of falling out of the top 6 (they are only 1 point ahead of Bournemouth who have a game in hand) and will be desperate to get something from this game. Watford's other remaining games are Luton (A), Norwich (A), Milwall (H), Brentford (A) & Swansea (H). They have perhaps the toughest run of fixtures and I can see potential for them to drop points in at least 4 of their last remaining 6 games.

    Brentford have 70 points and a game in hand, however their form has gone downhill recently and they are currently 13th in the form table with 7 points from the last 6. They struggled to draw with Huddersfield 1 – 1 last Saturday and also could only draw o - 0 with Birmingham on Tuesday night. Their next game is against Preston on Saturday, KO 3pm. Preston are 20th in the form table with 5 points from the last 6 games, however in their last 2 games they have drawn with us and beat Swansea. Hopefully they will take confidence from theses 2 games and get something from Brentford. Their following games are Milwall (H), Cardiff (H), Bournemouth (A), Rotherham (H), Watford (H) & Bristol City (A). Brentford really need to start winning. From our point of view, it would be great if they went into the Watford game desperate for the points, unless of course the title has already been decided by then.

    Swansea remain in 4th with 69 points despite losing their last 4 games. Swansea’s form has drop off a cliff in recent games, even more so than Brentford and if they don’t do something soon, they could find themselves outside the play off places. They are 23rd in the form table with 4 points from the last 6 games, however they do have a game in hand. Unfortunately for them they play Milwall in the early Saturday game, KO 12.30. Another win for Milwall who are 4th in the form table with 12 points from the last 6 games could give them an outside chance of sneaking into the play off’s. I can see Swansea coming unstuck in this game. Their remaining games are Sheffield Weds (A), Wycombe (H), QPR (H), Reading (A), Derby (H) & Watford (A). On paper they appear to have an easier run in than most. Like Brentford it would be great for us if they went into the Watford game needing to get something to maintain a play-off place.

    Barnsley are 5th with 68 points, having beat Luton 2 – 1 in their last game. Barnsley’s form has dropped off a bit recently, however they are 5th in the form table with 11 points from the last 6. They are home to Middlesbrough on Saturday 3pm KO. Middlesbrough are 12th in the form table with 7 points from the last 6. Middlesbrough helped us out on Monday by drawing 1 – 1 with Watford, however they really need a win to have any hope of making it into the play offs. This could be a tough match for Barnsley, however a draw would be an ok result for them bearing in mind their remaining games, which are Coventry (A), Huddersfield (A), Rotherham (A), Preston (A) & host us for the last game. Hopefully their play off place will be assured before that game.

    Reading still hang on to 6th place by the skin of their fingertips with 66 points as a result of gaining 4 points over the Easter period. They are only 1 point above Bournemouth in 7th and Bournemouth have a game in hand. As above I think they really need a win against Watford if they are not to fall outside the top 6 (Bournemouth play Coventry). Their remaining games are Cardiff (A), Luton (A), Swansea (H), Us (A) & Huddersfield (H). Our hope remains that they can get something from the Watford & Swansea games or alternatively be out of the running by the time they play us.
     
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  3. Cromercanary

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    Great to see you still occupying the crease, Zogean.
    I've been out of circulation for 3 weeks (hospital...again <grr>)
    but am back to see you hopefully carry your bat for the remainder of the season. <ok>
     
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    Hope you are well Skipper? <smooch>
     
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  5. CitySlicker2010

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    Play like we did against Huddersfield then it could be another another large score to nil. Derby’s record is very similar to Huddersfield’s. The home games against both Watford and Bournemouth will be a different matter?
     
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  6. Canary Rob

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    Great detail as ever Canario - but I have to disagree with your “hopefully” in the Brentford write up...!

    I have no doubt we are safely promoted now, so I am more focused on who we would prefer to go up with us. I think only Brentford can catch Watford and my personal preference would be to see Brentford get promoted.
     
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    Brentford and Barnsley would be my choice, Brentford are the only side to score more than us but Watford are no stranger to a turgid 1-0 bore fest win so expect them to go up top 2 .
     
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  8. Canary Rob

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    I am quite keen to get this match done with and square up to Watford and Bournemouth!

    In particular, it will be good to see how Omobamidele fairs. He’s looked very tidy so far, incredibly so for an 18 year old. But when he’s been bullied, elbowed and kicked for 90 minutes by the likes of Sar and Deeney, then we will have a better measure of how much he needs to learn.
     
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  9. DHCanary

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    Watford have a £10m (...transfermarkt) La Liga Striker and £5m Serie A winger out on loan, who will presumably come back for a Prem season. And you know they'll inevitably sign someone cheap from Udinese thanks to their owners. Their squad age profile might pose some issues, they've got several key players over the age of 32, but I don't think they'll struggle too much to build a side capable competing for survival. I'd much rather Brentford/Swansea for autos and Barnsley through play-offs.
     
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  10. Hairy Mary Quite Canary

    Hairy Mary Quite Canary Well-Known Member

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    I assume that's Brentford OR Swansea ??? <yikes>
     
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    3 week setback for Rupp, probably touch and go whether he's fit again this season.

    No fresh injuries, Idah and McGovern nearly back in team training.
     
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    Team news from DF:

    "First of all, all the players involved in the last game are available. Good news with Adam Idah and Michael McGovern will return back to team training next week."

    The only down side is that Rupp will be out another 3weeks at least.
     
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    Idah needs a loan next season same for Josh Martin
     
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  14. Canary Rob

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    I agree - maybe one of the sides that gets promoted to the Championship
     
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    Haven’t had an update with the ongoing injury to Byram for sometime. I think it’s a year since he was first injured? Is this going to be another Matt Jarvis story?
     
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    We got one a few weeks back, he's had a setback and is now targeting pre-season training I think.
     
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    Sadly I think it already is. I can’t see him featuring much more’s the pity as he has undoubted ability but is alas very injury prone. File under Jarvis, Vaughan, Thompson, etc.
     
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    Vaughan 5 appearances
    Thompson 9
    Jarvis 14 appearances after signing permanently
    Luke Chadwick 16
    Byram 17

    I'm trying to think who else was notoriously injury prone in their time at NCFC.
     
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