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Norwich City vs Sheffield United: Match Preview

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NORWICH CITY vs SHEFFIELD UNITED on 28/12/10 at 15:00 BST.

This afternoons match brings Norwich City and Sheffield United together in the Npower Championship.

SHEFFIELD UNITED: Having had a decent season last year, finishing in

8th position, the Blades would have been hopeful of kicking on and

attempting to reach the play-offs this campaign. However, with manager

Kevin Blackwell sacked, United have really struggled to gain any sort of

consistency and they currently find themselves floating in the lower

echelons of the league. Just recently, their previous manager, Gary

Speed left the job to take over at international side, Wales. This left

Sheffield United: manager-less, in the relegation zone and completely

helpless. Since then, the Blades former first team coach, John Carver

has taken over in a caretaker role whilst the board quickly find a

sensible appointment that will take the club up the league, and safe

from the dreaded drop.

Key Player: Chedwyn Evans. The highly rated Welsh striker joined

Sheffield United for £3,000,000 from Manchester City in July 2009. Big

things were predicted for the youngster-who had previously had a

brilliant loan spell at today’s opponents, Norwich City, where he

notched 10 goals in just 20 starts- however, he has received a lot of

stick from the Blades’ faithful having yet to live up to his high

price-tag. In his first season he only scored a couple of goals, and he

had only scored 2 goals this season, until recently he has just hit a

rich vain of form. Scoring 3 goals in his last 2 goals, in their 1-0 win

over Swansea and 3-2 defeat to Hull, it looks like the United fans are

starting to see the skill, talent and guile that the Norwich fans were

able to enjoy in their relegation season, of 2008/09. The Canaries will

know all to well that their defense will have to be on top of their game

to keep the Welsh starlet quiet.

Last 5 games: WLLWL. A mixed bag of results for the Blades in recent

games, where they would pick up good results like their 1-0 victory over

high-flyers Swansea yet lose 3-0 to fellow strugglers Bristol City.

Their other victory was in front of the Sky cameras at home to Crystal

Palace, where they won 3-2 and their other 2 defeats were against their

Yorskhire rivals, Barnsley and most recently, Hull.

Predicted line-up:

01 Simonsen

03 Nosworthy

12 Calve

16 Taylor

23 Bartley

04 Montgomery

08 Britton

11 Yeates

24 Reid

28 Ward

09 Evans

NORWICH: Norwich will be hoping to get back to winning ways after

their Boxing day clash with Crystal Palace was postponed due to icy

turf. The Canaries last game saw them win away at fellow play-off

contenders Coventry City, courtesy of a brace was Captain fantastic,

Grant Holt. Wes Hoolahan and Russell Martin both picked up knocks during

the victory however, and both will be concerns for manager Paul

Lambert’s selection. On the good front, summer-signing Andrew Crofts has

recovered from his bout of illness that prevented him playing at the

Ricoh, and is fully expected to go straight back into the first team.

Predicted line-up:

01 Ruddy

02 R Martin

05 Nelson

22 Ward

12 Lansbury

15 Fox

18 Smith

19 Lappin

09 Holt

10 Jackson

16 C Martin

Head to head:

All time:


Norwich win: 26

Sheffield United win: 22

Draw: 17

Norwich goals: 87

Sheffield United goals: 82

At Carrow Road:

Played: 33

Norwich win: 19

Sheffield United win: 5

Draw: 9

Norwich goals: 55

Sheffield United goals: 34

My prediction: Norwich City 4-1 Sheffield United.

Please feel free to update this thread with news, views, rumours and predictions.

Thank you,

Excited Canary [:D] [Y]

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Oh yeah sorry, I put down the team from last week and then I was going to change it, but I obviously forgot to change it! [:P] From that team, Crofts in for Jackson.Midfield of:Lansbury Crofts Fox K Smith? I don''t think Hoolahan will start.

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