Scouting report: Norwich

We open our FA Cup campaign this weekend with a trip to Carrow Road to take on Championship side, Norwich. Let's take a closer look at the Canaries ahead of the game...


Manager

Daniel Farke. The German was installed as the Canaries new boss in the summer, taking over from Alan Irvine who had been in interim charge following the departure of Alex Neill. Farke arrived at Carrow Road following a spell in charge of Borussia Dortmund’s second side and penned a two-year contract. He added a number of new signings before the season kicked off, including forwards Nelson Oliveira and Marley Watkins, who could both feature against us this weekend.  

Key Player

Wes Hoolahan. The experienced performer is still a key component in the Norwich side, contributing assists, goals and consistent performances from midfield. The 35 year-old, who is in the final year of his contract at Carrow Road, arrived in Norfolk from Blackpool in 2008 and helped the club earn successive promotions, reaching the Premier League in 2011 and then again in 2015. Capped at international level by the Republic of Ireland, the former Livingston and Shelbourne man was part of Martin O’Neill’s Euro 2016 squad, netting in the group game against Sweden. 

Recent form

The Canaries come into this FA Cup tie unbeaten in three, with victories over Birmingham and Millwall coming either side of a goalless away draw with Burton Albion. Farke’s side currently sit in 13th place in the Championship table, one place and two points behind East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town, and nine points off the play-offs. Following the weekend clash with us, Norwich have a difficult encounter with Bristol City at Ashton Gate.  

One to watch

James Maddison. The former Coventry play has shone for the Canaries this term, netting seven goals in all competitions and catching the eye with his trickery and dead-ball ability. The 21 year-old was given a chance in the Norwich first-team this season by new boss, Daniel Farke, after impressing last campaign in a loan spell at Aberdeen. The midfielder has also previously spent time on loan at first club, Coventry, and is capable of performing on either flank for the Canaries, or playing just behind the striker. Also likes to try his luck from range, with his long range shooting ability. 

Worn both badges

Chris Sutton. Our former striker began his career with our FA Cup opponents, spending the best part of four years at Carrow Road after initially progressing through the youth ranks with the Canaries. He then moved on to Blackburn, where he struck up a deadly partnership with Alan Shearer, and lifted the Premier League title in 1995. He joined us in 1999, following Blackburn’s relegation from the top flight, but spent just one season at Stamford Bridge before moving north of the border with Celtic. He later went on to have spells with both Birmingham and Aston Villa before retiring and now works as a pundit for BT Sport.