The stakes could not be higher as Norwich City welcome play-off rivals Coventry to Carrow Road this afternoon. 

With the Championship hotting up and points to play for, Norwich know the rewards of a victory against the Sky Blues today would be moving them level on points with Mark Robins' side. 

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A defeat, however, and the current points gap of three points would be doubled. Whilst not insurmountable, it would serve as a major dent to their push for the playoffs, which has gained momentum in recent weeks after victories over Hull and West Brom. 

The Canaries are hoping to bounce back from consecutive defeats against Leeds United and Liverpool last week. Both did come with positives, however, with David Wagner's side hoping to prove not too much wind has left their sails. 

City head into this encounter without top goalscorer Jon Rowe, who is missing after breaking a bone in his hand during that defeat at Elland Road last Wednesday. Defender Danny Batth is also absent due to a hamstring injury picked up last month. 

New signing Sydney van Hoojidonk could feature, with City waiting for clearance on Friday to permit the Bologna loanee the chance to make his debut after completing a deadline day loan to buy move. 

Coventry will be without influential midfielder Ben Sheaf after he limped out of their midweek draw with Bristol City with a suspected torn hamstring. That could allow January signing Victor Torp to make his first start since joining from FC Midtjylland. 

Hali Wright continues to work his way back from full fitness, meaning Ellis Simms could spearhead their attack. The influential Callum O'Hare has made a real difference since returning from a long layoff earlier this season. 

Coventry have lost just once in their last 16 matches in all competitions, winning their last three matches on their travels. 

They are looking for their first victory at Carrow Road since February 2009. Robins is looking to beat his former club for the first time as a manager. 

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