Norwich City v Bristol City

15 Aug

John Ruddy

John Ruddy is set to be replaced by Northern Ireland internation Michael McGovern

BBC coverage

How to follow:
BBC local radio; live text commentary on the BBC Sport website

Norwich will be without goalkeeper John Ruddy and defender Martin Olsson for Bristol City’s visit through injury.

Midfielder Alex Pritchard has a side strain and should be back in training next week.

Bristol City travel to Norwich having won their two opening league matches, but first-team coach John Pemberton says they have “bumps and bruises”.

Keeper Frank Fielding and midfielder Korey Smith (both ankle) have returned to training, but will not feature.


BBC Radio Norfolk’s Chris Goreham:

“Norwich City’s first two matches of the new Championship season have underlined what we knew already.

“On their day the Canaries should have too much for most teams in the division, as Blackburn Rovers discovered in a 4-1 defeat.

“But the stalemate against Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend suggested that well drilled, well organised opponents may prove more difficult for City to break down, especially as the search for a new striker to help ease the burden on Cameron Jerome goes on.”

BBC Radio Bristol’s Richard Hoskin:

“Bristol City have made a promising start, winning their opening three fixtures of a season for the first time since 2001. But with respect to Wigan, Wycombe & Burton – the real work starts now.

“City host Newcastle and Aston Villa over the next two weekends, but first they travel to Norwich.

“By Lee Johnson’s own admission ‘we’re nowhere near finished’ and Norwich will be the favourites at Carrow Road.

“But with ex-Norwich player Gary O’Neil having a positive influence in midfield, and Tammy Abraham’s sensational start with four goals in three games, Norwich would underestimate Bristol City at their peril.”

Match facts

  • The Canaries have won seven of their last nine home league games against Bristol City, though have lost two of their last three.
  • The Robins haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last 16 trips to Carrow Road in all competitions – their last shutout was achieved in a 0-0 draw in August 1965.
  • Tammy Abraham has scored four goals in his first three games in all competitions for Bristol City this season.
  • The Canaries have lost just one of their last 13 league games in the second tier (W8 D4).


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