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Norwich    v    Preston

Npower ChampionshipVenue: Carrow Road Date: Saturday, 5 March Kick-off: 1500 GMTCoverage:

Watch highlights on The Football League Show; Listen on BBC Radio 5

live and BBC local radio; text commentary on the BBC Sport website

TEAM NEWS

Norwich have no new injury concerns ahead of the game at Carrow Road.

Striker

Chris Martin is likely to be sidelined for a few more weeks because of a

hamstring problem, while midfielder Simon Lappin is also out.

Preston strikers Iain Hume and Chris Brown are available again after their respective injury problems.

Defender

Leon Cort is also back in the squad after being ineligible for last

weekend''s game against Burnley under the terms of his loan from the

Clarets.

MATCH PREVIEW

Norwich City are fifth in the table, unbeaten in four matches, and

will not want to slip up against a Preston side that are bottom of the

pile and look destined for the drop.

Recent draws against Nottingham Forest and leaders QPR suggested

Preston had turned a corner under Phil Brown, so a defeat at home to

Lancashire rivals Burnley last time out was a savage blow. They are

still yet to win since Brown took over as manager.

The Lancashire

club are 11 points from safety and five points adrift of Sheffield

United, who are the team immediately above them and the only other

Championship side yet to win in 2011. North End are without a victory in

12 league games, and have not won away since September.

Norwich have had more attempts on goal this season than any other

second-tier team - 442 of them, to be precise - and their knack of

scoring late in games has kept them in contention for a second

successive promotion.

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

• Norwich have won 18 and Preston 14 of the 45 previous matches between these clubs.

• A goal for Preston would be the club''s 50th in the league against City.

Norwich

• This is Norwich''s 1,800th home league game.

• The Canaries have failed to score in only four league games this season.

• They are one of only four teams yet to lose a Championship match this term by more than two goals.

Norwich have scored a 90th-minute goal in three of their last four home

league games, and have netted an unrivalled eight Championship goals in

stoppage time.

• Aaron Wilbraham is two goals away from the 100th of his career.

Preston

• Preston have won fewer matches (five) and conceded more goals (61) than any other team in the second tier.

• They have taken only five points out of 36 since beating Ipswich on 11 December - their only win in 20 games.

• North End have drawn five and lost five of their 10 games under boss Phil Brown.

• They have dropped 28 points from winning positions, having drawn five and lost six matches in which they were ahead.

Preston are the only team yet to keep a clean sheet in the Championship

in 2011. They have gone 12 matches without one, and have managed only

three all season.

• The Deepdale club have let in 14 goals in the

final 10 minutes of matches this term - more than any other team in the

division.

• Darel Russell and Chris Brown could both face their former club.

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I''m sure if people wanted to find/look at this, they can look on the beeb. Although it is hard to leave the safety of this lovely thriving community...

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[quote user="AJ"]I''m sure if people wanted to find/look at this, they can look on the beeb. Although it is hard to leave the safety of this lovely thriving community...[/quote]I think you need to calm down, i thought it was very informative, and thanks for putting it up

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[quote user="bloodwagon"][quote user="AJ"]I''m sure if people wanted to find/look at this, they can look on the beeb. Although it is hard to leave the safety of this lovely thriving community...[/quote]I think you need to calm down, i thought it was very informative, and thanks for putting it up[/quote]Not a single shot on goal yet, we need a new striker [:@]

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