Norwich City vs Middlesbrough preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Norwich City's Jordan Hugill during the The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Barnsley and Norwich City at Oakwell Stadium on January 23, 2021 in Barnsley, England. (Photo by Rich Linley - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Norwich City will want to extend their lead at the top for the Championship table against Middlesbrough on Saturday lunchtime.

The Canaries are currently six points clear at the top of the table and could end Saturday nine points clear if they win and other results go their way.

Meanwhile, Middlesbrough are in seventh place, three points off a play-off place. They have been on bad form of late, losing four of their last six games in the league.

Team news

Both sides have a fair amount of injuries going into this one.

Norwich could name a unchanged starting XI, with Marco Stiepermann, Adam Idah, Sam Byram, Michael McGovern, Bali Mumba and Xavi Quintilla are all still out.

Teemu Pukki is still carrying a knock so is a doubt, while Dimitris Giannoulis is unlikely to make his league debut just yet.

After their defeat to Rotherham United in midweek, Neil Warnock may make severe changes ahead of this one, with the likes of Lewis Wing, Marvin Johnson, Chuba Akpom and Ashley Fletcher potentially returning to the starting 11.

Marvin Tavernier, Marcus Browne, Anfernee Dijksteel and Dael Fry are all still out.

Predicted lineups

Norwich:

Krul; Aarons, Hanley, Gibson, Sorensen, McLean, Skipp, Buendia, Vrancic, Cantwell, Hugill.

Middlesbrough:

Bettinelli; Spence, McNair, Wood, Bola, Hoswon, Saville, Wing, Fletcher, Johnson, Akpom.

Ones to watch

Emi Buendia

The Argentinian has been on fire this season, attracting interest from a number of Premier League clubs, including Arsenal. With seven goals and six assists so far this term, he will be playing in the Premier League next season - with Norwich or not.

George Saville

The Northern irishman is having a wonderful season, making the big money Boro spent on him two years ago worthwhile. With four goals and four assists so far this season, he looks to be having his best season yet.

Previous meetings

The last time these two sides met was back in late November, when a Pukki penalty separated the two sides to give Norwich a 0-1 win.

How to watch

is match will kick-off at 12:30 pm on Saturday, January 30, and is available to watch on Sky Sports Football.

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