Norwich City v Watford: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Two newly-promoted sides will go head-to-head at Carrow Road in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon as winless Norwich City face Watford.

Daniel Farke’s Canaries are the only team left on zero points in the English top-flight meaning that they approach this match sitting at the foot of the table.

The Norfolk club were certainly handed a difficult start to the new campaign including fixtures against Liverpool and Manchester City, but they will be disappointed to have not taken any points from their recent games with Leicester City and Arsenal.

Meanwhile, last season’s Championship runners-up Watford have one victory to their name at the moment after they defeated Aston Villa at Vicarage Road on the opening day. However, since that win on August 14, the Hornets have failed to score a goal or collect any more Premier League points.

Interestingly, this match will be refereed by Robert Jones, despite the fact that he was in charge of Norwich’s most recent home game only three weeks ago.

Team news – Norwich

Having both missed the trip to Arsenal, Dimitris Giannoulis and Josh Sargent are set to return to the Canaries’ matchday squad after recovering from minor injuries.

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Norwich head coach Farke revealed that midfielders Jacob Sorensen and Pierre Lees-Melou had some issues earlier this week, but both have trained since so should be available for selection. Fringe players Christoph Zimmermann and Przemysław Płacheta are still ruled out.

Team news – Watford

Striker Joao Pedro was able to return to full training with the Watford squad this week having missed the first few weeks of the season with a knee injury, but he will not feature this weekend.

There is a strong chance that experienced goalkeeper Ben Foster will return to the Hornets’ bench after recently recovering from a hamstring problem, while full-back Kiko Femenia will be assessed before the match.

Previous meeting

These two sides last faced each other in East Anglia only five months ago in the Championship. Norwich were already promoted heading into the match, but Watford still required a few more points to confirm their spot in the top-flight alongside the Canaries.

The game was decided by a goal in the 57th minute from Hornets midfielder Dan Gosling, who tucked the ball home neatly after being found by Joao Pedro.

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Norwich have not experienced much joy in their recent meetings with Watford having lost the last four matches between the two teams. Their last victory in this fixture came in May 2016 when they won 4-2 in an entertaining encounter at Carrow Road.

Ones to watch

Norwich – Christos Tzolis

Of the 11 first-team signings that the Canaries made in the recent summer transfer window, few have seemingly excited the club’s supporters more than the arrival of young winger Christos Tzolis.

The 19-year-old Greece international was captured from PAOK for what could be a club-record deal, depending on when certain add-ons come into play. Tzolis made quite the impression on his debut in yellow and green, as he scored two goals and assisted another two in Norwich’s 6-0 hammering of Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup.

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He made his Premier League bow at the Emirates Stadium last week and is set to start again against Watford when he will look to cause a whole host of problems for right-back Jeremy Ngakia.

Watford – Joshua King

Norway forward Joshua King joined the Hornets in the summer following an unsuccessful one-year spell on Merseyside with Everton, during which he failed to score a single goal.

Prior to last season, King was viewed as a very capable top-flight player by many, having netted 48 times across five Premier League campaigns for Bournemouth.

The 29-year-old is yet to break his Watford duck, but he is likely to view Saturday’s match as a good opportunity to do so as he faces against a Norwich defence who have shipped 11 goals so far this term.

Predicted lineups

Norwich (4-2-3-1): Krul; Aarons, Omobamidele, Hanley, Williams; Normann, McLean; Rashica, Cantwell, Tzolis; Pukki

Watford (4-3-3): Bachmann; Ngakia, Troost-Ekong, Sierralta, Rose; Sissoko, Etebo, Kucka; Sarr, King, Dennis

How to watch

This game kicks off at 3pm on Saturday September 18 and will not be televised live in the UK.

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