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STARTING XIs: Buendia and Vrancic return to City's starting XI as Blades make two changes

PUBLISHED: 13:10 08 December 2019 | UPDATED: 13:10 08 December 2019

Mario Vrancic starts his first Premier League game for Norwich City 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Mario Vrancic starts his first Premier League game for Norwich City Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Emi Buendia has returned to Norwich City's starting line-up for this afternoon's Carrow Road clash with Sheffield United, with Mario Vrancic making his first Premier League start as well, as Daniel Farke makes three changes.

Buendia has featured as a substitute in the last three Premier League games but returns in place of Todd Cantwell, who drops to the bench, while Alex Tettey and Mario Vrancic replace Tom Trybull and Ibrahim Amadou in midfield.

The Canaries brought an end to a poor run of form with a 2-0 win at Everton and a 2-2 home draw with Arsenal but slipped to a disappointing 2-1 loss at Southampton on Wednesday, leaving them 19th and four points from safety,

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Sheffield United's two changes come up front, with former Ipswich striker David McGoldrick and Lys Mousset replacing Oli McBurnie and Billy Sharp, who are both on the bench.

The Blades come into the game sitting ninth in the table and eight points better off than Norwich, after a seven-game unbeaten streak was brought to an end by a 2-0 home defeat to Newcastle on Thursday night - giving them 24 hours less to prepare for today's game than City.

Only top two Liverpool and Everton have conceded fewer than the Blades' 15 so far this season, putting them on track for survival with 19 points already on the board from 15 games.

NORWICH (4-2-3-1): Krul; Aarons, Zimmermann, Godfrey, Byram; Tettey (C), Vrancic; Buendia, McLean, Hernandez; Pukki. Subs: Fahrmann (GK), Lewis, Amadou, Trybull, Stiepermann, Cantwell, Srbeny

SHEFFIELD UTD (3-5-2): Henderson; Basham, Egan, O'Connell; Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood (C), Fleck, Stevens; McGoldrick, Mousset. Subs: Moore (GK), Jagielka, Freeman, Besic, Robinson, McBurnie, Sharp

REFEREE: Simon Hooper

VAR: Peter Bankes

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