Opposition report: Norwich City

Blues will look to make it back-to-back wins with a victory at St. Andrew's.


A closer look at this evening's opponents....


Norwich City come into tonight's game in strong form. The Canaries sit top of the table  -clear by seven after a 1-0 home win over Rotherham United on Saturday.

They've only lost one league match in their last ten, falling to fellow promotion-chasers Swansea City at the start of the month.

Since then, they've won six and drawn two.

Their other defeat came in the FA Cup third round, where a much-changed side was beaten by fellow Sky Bet Championship outfit Barnsley. 

The Canaries have been victorious in their last three games since that Swansea loss, beating Stoke, Coventry and Rotherham, scoring seven and conceding just once. 


Daniel Farke is into his fourth year in-charge in East Anglia. During his time there, he's led the Canaries to the Premier League in the 2018/19 season, before they instantly returned to the second tier. 

This season, the German is mounting another impressive title bid to go with with the Championship win they achieved a couple of years ago. 

Prior to his time in England, Farke led Borussia Dortmund's reserve side for two years, before leaving in the summer of 2017 after failing to agree a new deal.

Before that, Farke began his managerial career with SV Lippstadt 08. He was in charge for six years and took Lippstadt from the sixth tier of German football to the fourth, his reign beginning when he was just 32-years-old. 


Whilst Teemu Pukki is predictably leading the line for Norwich in the goals department with 15 scored this season, it's Emiliano Buendia sitting closely behind him. 

The former Getafe man has nine goals in all competitions this season but also has nine assists to his name as well. 

The playmaker has been linking up sublimely with the Finnish international all season - the two have combined for seven Norwich goals alone this campaign. 

Quick, skilful and hard-working off the ball - Buendia is one to keep an eye on this evening. 


Norwich struck late in October at Carrow Road as they defeated Blues 1-0 in the Sky Bet Championship.

Mario Vrancic's low strike gave them a narrow victory over 10-man Blues, who saw Adam Clayton sent off late-on. 

Blues' best moments came through Ivan Sanchez, who curled an effort over the bar in the first half and Jeremie Bela, who fired straight at Tim Krul after the break. 


Formed in 1902, Norwich didn't play Blues for 60 years before the two met in a second round League Cup tie in 1963. The Canaries won that game 2-0, before reaching the fifth round where they were beaten by Leicester City in a replay. 

That game included, there have been 71 meetings since then, resulting in 25 Norwich wins, 23 Blues wins and 23 draws. 


Norwich are nicknamed The Canaries after the yellow birds were brought to the city in the 1560s by refugees fleeing the Inquisition in the Spanish Netherlands.

An early club chairman was a keen breeder and it was reportedly he who changed their strip to yellow and green.

Mirroring their nickname, City used to play at The Nest between 1908 and 1935, before moving to Carrow Road - which was erected in just 82 days.