Norwich City vs Burnley preview: Can the hosts end the season with some grace?
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Norwich City: LLLLLL

Burnley: WWDWDD

Relegated Norwich City have had a turgid return to football - losing every game after the lockdown. Emi Buendia's curling strike against Watford is the only goal that they have managed to score since the restart.

Burnley have shown character to fight back in the past two matches. A well-taken strike from Jay Rodriguez and a Chris Wood penalty was enough to share the spoils with Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers, respectively. 

Sean Dyche's men ran out as comfortable winners 2-0 in the reverse fixture at Turf Moor. 

Norwich will be hoping to end their rotten run by taking something out of their final home game this season. The Clarets have a faint chance of qualifying for the UEFA Europa League but will simply be focused on continuing their six-game unbeaten run.  

Key Clashes

Ben Godfrey v Chris Wood

The Norwich defender is already attracting suitors who like his composure on the ball. In Wood, he will face a tough physical battle. 

Todd Cantwell v Erik Pieters

Cantwell is another player who has impressed this season. The winger is tricky, hard-working and capable of making things happen. He will fancy his chances against Pieters with the Dutchman set to return to his more natural left-back slot.

Alex Tettey v Josh Brownhill

Tettey is an experienced head in a young Norwich team. New-signing Brownhill will be looking to make attacking runs from deep, through that double-pivot of Tettey and McClean, and it will be up to the latter to stop those runs being fruitful. 

Team News

Norwich are in good shape ahead of their penultimate match of the season. Daniel Farke may call upon the presence of Teemu Pukki with the hope that their Finnish forward can rediscover his goal-scoring touch. 

Burnley's depleted squad has taken another hit with Jay Rodriguez and Charlie Taylor set to miss out of this clash. Rodriguez came off against Wolves with an ankle injury and Taylor was forced off, against the same opposition, with a knee problem. 

Predicted Teams

Norwich City: Krul; Aarons, Klose, Godfrey, Lewis; Tettey, McLean; Cantwell, Steipermann, Hernandez; Pukki.

Burnley: Pope; Bardsley, Long, Tarkowski, Pieters; Gudmundsson, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil; Vydra, Wood. 

What the managers have said

Farke on Burnley (via Canaries.co.uk)

“Burnley have shown so much consistency and resilience with one loss in 14 games, so it won't be easy.

 “It's important to be ourselves. Our ideas are different and we want to play on the front foot.

“They are role models for going down and coming back up. I'm full of praise for Sean's work. They proved you can come back stronger. Jurgen Klopp was promoted with Mainz, then got relegated, but now look where he and they are.

“Next time we will try to be better prepared and stay for longer.”

Dyche on building momentum (via the Lancashire Telegraph):

“We’ve got to safeguard against that by being ready to deliver another performance.

“So I think we go there open-minded as we have done with all these games after lockdown. We’ve got to remind the players that is going to be needed.

“We don’t take anyone in the Premier League lightly, nor should we, because it is so tough going around winning games.

“We’ve had that unfortunate experience like Norwich. We went down the first time we came up and I think we finished win, draw, win.

“I know it sounds crazy but the pressure release is off. It’s done now and weirdly that opens people up a little bit.”

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