Norwich City have been flying high in the Championship this season but they appear to have lost their way slightly in recent weeks with no wins on the board since Christmas, the Canaries tumbling out of the automatic promotion places as a direct result of this downturn in fortunes. Nevertheless they are fancied to return to winning ways when they entertain Birmingham City at Carrow Road on Friday evening.
Norwich have been having few problems finding the back of the net but this has yielded little in the way of return, the three goals scored in each of their meetings with Nottingham Forest (3-3) and Derby County (3-4) returning just a single point. Since then Daniel Farke’s men have been forced to share the spoils with Brentford (1-1) and West Bromwich Albion (1-1) while they were dumped out of the FA Cup thanks to a 1-0 defeat at home to League One high-flyers Portsmouth earlier this month.
This leaves Norwich sitting third in the Championship table with four points separating them from current pace-setters Leeds United, however weekend opponents Birmingham City have also seen their recent good form suffer a downturn of late and as such we fancy the chances of Norwich returning to winning ways on Friday evening, the bookmakers giving away free bets on Norwich City v Birmingham City.
The Blues are doing better than many predicted prior to the start of the season but they have failed to register a win in their last four outings, this winless run culminating in a defeat at home to Middlesbrough last time out.
This is a crucial stage of the season for Norwich City and a win in front of the home fans would certainly be a confidence boost ahead of some tricky assignments in the weeks ahead, however the Canaries have been less than solid at the back and we envisage Birmingham playing their part in making this a closely-fought and thrilling affair, Ladbrokes Bookmakers going 29/10 on Norwich City to win and both teams to score.
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