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Prediction: Norwich City vs Stoke City – betting tip, preview, lineups

Prediction: Norwich City vs Stoke City – betting tip, preview, lineups

Bet365 tips Saturday’s championship clash predictions between Norwich City and Stoke City, including forecasts, preview and possible lineups.

Norwich City go to Saturday’s championship game with Stoke City having been knocked off the top of the league standings by the excellent Brentford.

While the Canaries were relegated to second position after three games without a win, Stoke, ninth, have not won since the turn of the year.

Match analysis

Despite not registering a victory or goal since January 20, Norwich managed to stay in the automatic promotion spots, just two points behind the new leaders.

The Canaries have not played three unsuccessful games since September, however, and the recent period will inevitably worry the boss. Daniel Farke.

Norwich had previously benefited from their rivals’ inconsistency, but Brentford and Swansea City are currently relentless in their quest to promote the Premier League.

Their respective form came at a time when Norwich lost its lead, with Farke’s team reaching 13 games without scoring more than twice.

Despite his elevated position, Norwich is not currently presenting himself as a title contender, and the German will be desperate for a response against a team outside Stoke.

Although the Potters once seemed certain to fight for the playoffs, an unsuccessful eight game streak left Michael O’Neill cutting out a frustrated figure.

Like their hosts, scoring goals has been the biggest problem, as Stoke never recovered from the long-term injury suffered by Tyrese Campbell in December.

There is still time for Stoke to fall into a nine point deficit for the top six, although O’Neill’s current priority is to ensure that the margin does not reach double digits.

Stoke have won just one away win since mid-November, that lone triumph from a 1-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers.

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Emi Buendia celebrates Norwich City's goal on December 12, 2020

Emiliano Buendia must return to Norwich XI after fulfilling a two-game ban for a red card against Middlesbrough.

Kieran Dowell or Mario Vrancic are likely to replace Lukas Rupp, While Dimitrios Giannoulis could get the nod on the left side.

Winning a goalless draw against Reading could lead O’Neill to the same Stoke XI.

Potters remain without left-back Rhys Norrington-Davies after his resignation in Huddersfield.

Possible initial line-up for Norwich City:
Krul; Aarons, Hanley, Gibson, Giannoulis; McClean, Skipp; Cantwell, Vrancic, Buendia; Pukki

Possible starting lineup for Stoke City:
Gunn; Collins, Souttar, Batth, Fox; Allen, Mikel, Clucas; Clarke, Fletcher, McClean

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Odds: Norwich City 2-1 Stoke City

Stoke reached a point where a draw away from the second place in the division would not be seen as a positive result. With that in mind, we feel that the Canaries will produce enough quality in the final third to overcome their unusual opponents.

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