City named unchanged side but Ipswich make three changes for Carrow Road derby battle
PUBLISHED: 11:06 18 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:17 18 February 2018
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Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke has named an unchanged team for today’s East Anglian derby battle at Carrow Road.
Harrison Reed remains at right wing-back despite a back complaint during the week, with fit-again captain Ivo Pinto again on the bench.
Nelson Oliveira also continues as Farke’s starting striker despite going 10 games without a goal and missing a penalty during last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Derby.
The Canaries have lost just one of their last eight Championship games to move level on points with their local rivals in mid-table and are looking to build on an impressive performance at high-flying Derby.
City are also looking to extend a nine-game unbeaten run in the East Anglian derby – the longest unbeaten streak in the long history of the fixture.
Ipswich have made three changes to match up to City’s 3-4-3 formation, with Dominic Iorfa coming in for Jordan Spence at right wing-back and Adam Webster coming in to a back three in defence.
Grant Ward and on-loan Manchester City forward Bersant Celina also drop to the bench, with Stephen Gleeson coming into the attack.
Town have won only two of their last nine games but the only defeat in their last five was 1-0 at home to runaway league leaders Wolves, beating Leeds 1-0 and drawing 1-1 at Bolton before that game and winning 2-0 at Sunderland after that defeat, before a 0-0 home draw with lowly Burton last weekend.
Norwich: Gunn; Hanley, Zimmermann, Klose; Reed, Tettey (C), Leitner, Lewis; Maddison, Murphy, Oliveira. Subs: McGovern (GK), Pinto, Stiepermann, Vrancic, Watkins, Hernandez, Srbeny
Ipswich: Bialkowski; Carter-Vickers, Chambers (C), Webster; Iorfa, Skuse, Connolly, Knudsen; Gleeson, Waghorn, Garner. Subs: Crowe (GK), Spence, Hyam, Celina, McGoldrick, Carayol, Ward
City team news
Daniel Farke revealed yesterday he has some late selection calls to make. Timm Klose and Moritz Leitner did not train fully this week with calf issues, but Farke hinted both will be passed fit. Ivo Pinto is still not 100pc after his knee problem. Harrison Reed has also felt some stiffness in his back in recent days. Tom Trybull has been ruled out for the majority of the run in, after suffering ankle and knee ligament damage. Midfielder Louis Thompson (Achilles) remains a longer term injury absentee.
Ipswich team news
David McGoldrick is back in the mix after missing the past two weeks with a knee injury. The Blues only other worry is back-up goalkeeper Michael Crowe.
One to watch – Jonas Knudsen
Danish left back who scored in both derby games last season. Appears to relish the cross-border squabble. Played 106 games for Town since a free transfer move from Esbjerg.
Ipswich manager – Mick McCarthy
Vastly-experienced at club and international level. Led the Republic of Ireland to the 2002 World Cup finals before returning to club football and earning Championship promotions at Sunderland and Wolves. Joined Ipswich in 2012. Beaten in the 2014/15 play-offs by Norwich. Yet to win this derby.
Referee – David Coote (Notts)
Shown 103 yellow and four red cards during 26 matches so far this season.