Burnley vs Norwich City: Lineups, Prediction, Team News

On Friday night, Burnley will travel to Turf Moor to take on high-flying Norwich City in a Championship matchup.

Former Premier League rivals Norwich City and Burnley are now separated by only three points in the Championship table. Norwich is currently in second place, while Burnley is in fifth.

Burnley vs Norwich City Match Preview

After winning their previous three games in a row in all competitions, Burnley was held to a 1-1 draw on the road against West Bromwich Albion on Friday.

The Clarets took the lead on a penalty kick from Jay Rodriguez just before the interval, and it seemed like they were going to come away with all three points until a late equalizer from Baggies rookie Brandon Thomas-Asante.

Manager Vincent Kompany stated that his players exhibited symptoms of fatigue for the first time this season after their ninth game, but he was glad to walk away with a draw since just one of West Brom’s 23 efforts on goal was successful.

Burnley, who are now four points behind league leaders Sheffield United, have had a week to recuperate before playing three games in nine days, with their next matchup against an in-form Norwich team being possibly their hardest.

Burnley vs Norwich City Lineups, Prediction, Team News Post Image

Although the Clarets were winless and scoreless against Norwich City in the Premier League last year, they have won six of the seven encounters played at Turf Moor and drawn the other.

Norwich’s 3-0 home triumph against Coventry City last weekend made it five consecutive victories in the Championship for the Canaries, while Burnley was unable to extend its winning run.

While the first half was scoreless, the second saw goals from Teemu Pukki and Josh Sargent, with Kieran Dowell sealing the deal with a close-range effort in the 81st minute.

Norwich, which finished in 20th place in the Premier League last season, got off to a slow start this year, but Dean Smith’s squad has regained its footing and is once again in the promotion mix.

The Canaries are in great spirits heading into Friday’s match against Burnley, and they will be further energized by the chance to briefly take over first place in the Championship with a win.

Despite making 20 trips to Turf Moor, Norwich has only won twice: a 5-3 triumph in the second division in April 2004 and a 2-1 success in the FA Cup fourth round in January 2020.

Burnley vs Norwich City Team News

After leaving the game with an injury in the last minutes against West Brom, Burnley goalkeeper Arijanet Muric is a serious injury worry for Friday’s match, and Bailey Peacock-Farrell is anticipated to start in her place.

There will be no changes to the starting back four of Connor Roberts, Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Charlie Taylor, and Ian Maatsen, but up forward, players like Samuel Bastien, Manuel Benson, and Johann Berg Gudmundsson will be vying for starting spots.

Legal agreements were signed on the day of the deadline While Halil Dervisoglu and Jordan Beyer were unable to make their debuts last week due to registration issues, they are expected to be part of the matchday squad this coming Friday.

Norwich will be without Liam Gibbs, Jacob Sorensen, Dimitris Giannoulis, Sam McCallum, Isaac Hayden, and John Rowe, all of whom have suffered injuries to their ankles, knees, or shins.

Even though Smith is not set to make many changes to his starting eleven, Kieran Dowell will try to displace Aston Villa loanee Aaron Ramsey with a goal this week.

After scoring his first goal of the season in last week’s victory against Coventry, Pukki is anticipated to start in front of Jordan Hugill up top.

Andrew Omobamidele is expected to keep his spot at center back alongside Grant Hanley, with former Burnley defender Ben Gibson relegated to the bench.

  • Potential Burnley Starting XI: Peacock-Farrell, Roberts, Harwood-Bellis, Taylor, Maatsen, Cork, Cullen, Gudmundsson, Brownhill, Tella, Rodriguez.
  • Prospective Norwich City Starting XI: Krul, Aarons, Hanley, Omobamidele, Byram, Nunez, McClean, Sargent, Ramsey, Cantwell, Pukki.

Our Prediction on Burnley 1-1 Norwich City

Although a close game is likely on Friday at Turf Moor, a win for either team would send a signal to the remainder of the league about their promotion prospects.

Three of Burnley’s first four home matches of the season have ended in a draw, and I anticipate that trend continuing.

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