Norwich City vs. Watford

Norwich City vs. Watford Championship: preview, prediction, team news, lineups

Norwich City and Watford will face off at Carrow Road on Tuesday night in a bid to secure promotion back to the Premier League.

Match Preview

After their FA Cup defeat to Liverpool at the end of January, Norwich City have performed well in the Championship with four points from two matches against Coventry City and QPR.

On Saturday, they managed to grab a share of the points at Loftus Road against QPR, with goals from Kenny McLean and Joshua Sargent cancelling out Jack Colback’s opener before Michael Frey scored for QPR to draw level.

Norwich City have lost only one of their last six matches in the Championship and sit in ninth position, two points behind sixth-placed Coventry City.

Watford has not been in good form lately, losing six consecutive games across the Championship and FA Cup, including a recent 2-1 defeat to Leicester.

Patson Daka scored for Watford, but Ricardo Pereira doubled the Foxes’ lead, and despite Emmanuel Dennis’s goal, it was not enough to change the outcome.

Valerien Ismael’s men are currently placed 11th, six points adrift of the top six, with striking options such as Mileta Rajovic leading the Golden Boot race with eight second-tier goals.

Watford has won all three games between the sides since they were both relegated from the Premier League in 2022, including a 3-2 victory at Vicarage Road in November.

Team News

Norwich City may be without leading goalscorer Jonathan Rowe, who sustained a hamstring injury in the match against QPR. Christian Fassnacht could replace him on the right flank.

Grant Hanley is expected to start at centre-back alongside Ben Gibson for only his third league match of the season.

Watford will likely start with Rajovic in attack, with Dennis not yet ready for his second full debut as a Watford player, according to Ismael. Tom Dele-Bashiru is expected to operate at right-back once again.

Possible starting lineups

Norwich City:

Gunn;

Stacey, Hanley, Gibson, Giannoulis;

McLean, Sara, Fassnacht, Barnes, Sainz;

Sargent

Watford:

Hamer;

Dele-Bashiru, Porteous, Hoedt, Lewis;

Kone, Livermore, Chakvetadze;

Asprilla, Sema, Rajovic

Prediction: Norwich City 2-1 Watford

Norwich City has been performing well lately, and we predict that they will continue their playoff charge with a 2-1 victory over Watford.

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