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Friday, 5th February 2021 Kick-off 20:15
Norwich City Pre Match Preview : Swansea City have NO FEAR
Thursday, 4th Feb 2021 14:08 by Keith Haynes
It’s the biggest game of the season, not only for Swansea City but for Norwich too. The comparisons between the sides tell us there is nothing in it, and on the night it most certainly be the tactical nouse of the coaches and the endeavour of the players which will tip this one. Neither side can rely on luck.
A lot of sports watchers, and there’s quite a few away from the gaze of Swansea City’s partizan support give Norwich City the favourites tag for Fridays LIVE Sky sports game which kicks off at 8.15pm at the Liberty. The swans have a bedded in Jordan Morris in their armoury for this one and the fall back of new experienced signing Kieron Freeman. Morgan Whittaker too could find a spot on the bench but it is highly unlikely either will oust Andre Ayew and Jamal Lowe from the prime forward spots. In the midfield we know captain Matt Grimes will feature, and time is ticking on Korey Smith who wasn’t expected to be fit for this one, however a late test on his fitness will be done. Conor Hourihane alongside Grimes in a more advanced role is expected and Jay Fulton, the dogged grafter for me should also appear. In the defence, Kyle Naughton is available, Connor Roberts and Jake Bidwell as wing backs will be preferred with Ryan Bennet and a choice between Marc Guehi, Ben Cabango and Joel Lautibadiere in the defensive three. The latter will probably find himself on the bench. Woodman, again will start in goal.
No Fear for Cooper
"Regardless of what has happened in the last week or so and whether they'd won games comfortably or lost games in the lead-up to this, we would have treated it exactly the same. Norwich are a good team, but we're going to be ready for it "Every player is different. Obviously, Conor came in and just hit the ground running, he was desperate to play and was put straight in the team and we've seen some quick returns from that," said Cooper. And I don't just mean the goals that he scored, his overall level as a player and the type of character he is, is having an influence already and I think he's starting to thrive on knowing he's going to contribute again. I'm pleased we didn't lose anybody after deadline day. You bring players in with the idea that it can help you and the proof will be in the pudding if that's the case, we have absolutely no fear whatsoever approaching this game, it’s about what we do”
Cooper : We have no fear whatsoever
Daniel Farke, we have No right at all to win this game
We don't have a natural right to win the Championship, we won it two years ago with the best Norwich season of all time, but we won it on the last gameday at Villa Park. It's not like we're in cruise control and 20 points ahead. Our points averages are better than two seasons ago, to have doubts is nothing to do with the reality. Emi Buendia is a key player, it makes a difference when he's available. Jordan Hugill was fantastic in recent weeks, we could mix it up because he's completely different to Teemu Pukki. We could play them together or mix up our game a little bit more. We're a bit more flexible, it's always better to have a few more options. Right now it's difficult because we have to stick to the same players who are available and they have to deliver in all three games.
We still have 19 games to go and it's definitely possible for Teemu to score 18 in these! He's missed a few games through injury, two seasons ago he played almost every minute. I got the feeling in the last game that his movements got him in good positions six or seven times. It's easier for him when he has players like Emi Buendia, Marco Stiepermann or Jordan Hugill next to him. We need to be there with key passes for Teemu. Him and Przemyslaw Placheta with his pace, they aren't the players to play they key pass, they need it. Creating better chances will be one of the key topics tomorrow.
Daniel Farke, quietly confident but not entitled
Recent head to head
The sides met at Carrow Road in November and Marco Stiepermann's late winner gave the hosts three points in a tight 1-0 win. In fact, Norwich have won the last three meetings between the sides and Swansea's last win over the Canaries came almost five years ago.
It’s a huge game this one, the swans will be desperate for the three points to put pressure not only on Norwich at the top but Brentford also who skipped in to second place last night with a 3-2 win over Bristol City. What do you think ? Comment below or join us on our thriving football forum.
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