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Norwich vs Birmingham betting tips, team news and match preview for Championship clash

Norwich vs Birmingham

Norwich vs Birmingham: The hosts can return to the Championship automatic promotion spots if they claim all three points on Friday night.

Norwich vs Birmingham match preview

Norwich are winless in their last five games across all competitions which has seen them knocked out of the FA Cup by League One side Portsmouth and fall four points behind Championship leaders Leeds.

But Daniel Farke’s side picked up an impressive point away at promotion rivals West Brom last time out thanks to substitute Jordan Rhodes, who ended a nine-match goal drought with seven minutes to spare.

The Canaries did well to leave The Hawthorns with a point after goalkeeper Tim Krul was forced into a superb save deep into stoppage time, one of many to keep his side in the game.

Norwich are now without a clean sheet in their last five matches and will have to find a way to keep Birmingham strikers Lukas Jutkiewicz and Che Adams quiet at Carrow Road. The pair have been in stunning form this season with 23 goals between them so far.

But Birmingham have hit a bit of sticky form themselves after back-to-back defeats to Middlesbrough in the league and West Ham in the FA Cup made it four games without a win (D2 L2).

The 2-1 Boro defeat at St Andrews left them four points behind the play-off spots but Blues manager Garry Monk was still impressed by his side’s performance and felt they deserved more from the game.

Norwich vs Birmingham team news

Farke will be without defender Timm Klose and midfielder Alex Tettey on Friday night with a knee problem and muscle strain keeping the pair on the sidelines.

Norwich midfielder Moritz Leitner, who hasn’t featured in their last four league games with a calf injury, is not expected to return to full training until the end of January and has also been ruled out.

But the Canaries also have Grant Hanley back after suspension, while Farke was positive over returns for Marco Stiepermann, Jamal Lewis and Emi Buendia.

Birmingham striker Isaac Vassell made a cameo appearance against Middlesbrough to make his return from a 14-month lay-off and could again feature at Carrow Road.

However, Blues midfielder David Davis (ankle) and striker Omar Bogle (calf) remain out of action.

Norwich vs Birmingham form

Last six competitive fixtures

Norwich: DLDLDW

Birmingham: LLDDWW

Norwich vs Birmingham head-to-head

Norwich are unbeaten in their last four Championship games against Birmingham (W3 D1), with the Blues’ last victory coming in August 2006 with a 3-0 win at St Andrews.

Before that, the two clubs drew four successive league games.

Norwich vs Birmingham betting prediction

I can’t see either team having the quality to secure the three points with the form they’re in. Norwich and Birmingham to draw can be backed at 5/2 with Novibet.

Goals also look like a safe bet, with both teams to score at odds of 4/5.

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