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Norwich City v West Brom: The Lowdown

PUBLISHED: 13:31 11 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:21 11 August 2018

Ben Godfrey had to kick his heels against Birmingham 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Ben Godfrey had to kick his heels against Birmingham Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Norwich City target a winning start at Carrow Road - get in the mood with videos, quotes, team news and expected formations in our handy guide.

NORWICH TEAM NEWS

Marco Stiepermann and Ivo Pinto are included in the squad. Stiepermann returned to training on Tuesday after a knee problem forced him off at Birmingham, while Pinto has now had two weeks of training following the hamstring problem that curtailed his pre-season.

Jamal Lewis was back in training but suffered a dead leg in midweek and will not be considered. Daniel Farke reported no other fresh injury concerns.

Russell Martin and Nelson Oliveira remain out of favour but Mario Vrancic (pelvis), Matt Jarvis (knee) and Carlton Morris (knee) are all out longer term.

West Brom chief Darren Moore is striving for his first Championship win Picture: Dave Howarth/PA Wire.West Brom chief Darren Moore is striving for his first Championship win Picture: Dave Howarth/PA Wire.

ALBION TEAM NEWS

Craig Dawson remains a major injury doubt with a thigh problem.

FROM THE DUGOUT

“Perhaps we are not the favourite in this game but one thing for sure we try to be brave and rebellious and I am pretty sure we will have a chance.

“They know right now they are not in their rhythm and there is already pressure on them to win that first game, after taking one point from the first two, so they will be highly motivated.

“When I look at the squad they have some unbelievable opportunities in the offence. I am pretty sure (Dwight) Gayle will have his first appearance in the starting line up but you also have (Jay) Rodriguez, (Matt) Phillips, Harvey Barnes and (Oliver) Burke. Many quality players,” Daniel Farke.

Ivo Pinto had had an injury hit build up to the new season 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdIvo Pinto had had an injury hit build up to the new season Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

“It’s their first home game of the season. The atmosphere will be up again.

“It’ll be a similar experience to the one we had at Forest on Tuesday night. We’ve spoken about this division and what lies ahead.

“Norwich have a lot of players from Europe so it’ll be a different test and a test of our character.

Daniel Farke knows the value of getting off to a winning start back at Carrow Road Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdDaniel Farke knows the value of getting off to a winning start back at Carrow Road Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

“It’s another difficult game but it’s another hurdle we’re looking forward to. They’ll be buoyed by their point at Birmingham City last week. But we’ve got that, too,” Darren Moore.

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POSSIBLE LINE-UPS

Norwich (3-4-1-2): Krul, Hanley, Zimmermann, Klose, Marshall, Trybull, Tettey, Husband, Leitner, Hernandez, Rhodes.

Marco Stiepermann is available after his injury exit at Birmingham Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdMarco Stiepermann is available after his injury exit at Birmingham Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

West Brom (4-4-1-1): Johnstone, Adarabioyo, Bartley, Hegazi, Gibbs, Phillips, Livermore, Brunt, Barnes, Morrison, Gayle.

BY THE BOOK

Norwich: 13/8

Draw: 11/5

WBA: 17/10

(Odds provided by SkyBet)

ONE TO WATCH – DWIGHT GAYLE

Prolific striker in the Football League who was part of Newcastle’s Championship promotion-winning squad in 2017. Painfully scored a hat-trick against Norwich in a bizarre 4-3 defeat for the Canaries on Tyneside that campaign. Joined the Baggies on a season-long loan.

REFEREE – LEE MASON (Lancs)

First appointment of the new season for the long time Premier League official. First time officiating at Carrow Road since City’s 5-4 Premier League defeat to Liverpool in January 2016.

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