STARTING XIs: Hanley on the bench again as City name unchanged team for Brentford battle
Daniel Farke has once again shown his faith in consistency of selection after naming the same starting XI for this afternoon’s Championship battle at Brentford.
In fact, City’s coach has named the same 18-man squad as four days ago, which were beaten 4-3 by Derby at Carrow Road, despite today’s match being a fourth league game in 11 days of a busy festive period.
That leaves club captain Grant Hanley on the bench again, with Christoph Zimmermann retaining the faith of his head coach despite his error for Derby’s winner and recent illness.
The Canaries are looking to bounce back from a 12-game unbeaten run being brought to an end by that dramatic home defeat to Derby on Saturday, featuring a floodlight failure delay when 3-2 ahead.
Brentford make three changes to their starting XI though, with Moses Odubadjo and Josh McEachran replaced in midfield by Henrik Dalsgaard and Kamohelo Mokotjo, and Ollie Watkins replaced by Said Benrahma.
The Bees have won just two of their 13 matches since Thomas Frank stepped up from assistant following Dean Smith’s exit for Aston Villa in October, nosediving from seventh in the table to 18th.
However, they are unbeaten in three having beaten Bolton 1-0 in their last home game and drawn 1-1 at Bristol City and 0-0 at Birmingham during the festive period.
NORWICH: Krul; Aarons, Zimmermann, Klose, Godfrey; Tettey (C), Vrancic, Cantwell, Stiepermann, Hernandez; Pukki. Subs: McGovern (GK), Hanley, Pinto, Trybull, Marshall, Rhodes, Srbeny
BRENTFORD: Bentley; Konsa, Jeanvier, Barbet; Dalsgaard, Sawyers, Mokotjo, Henry; Benrahma, Maupay, Canos. Subs: Daniels (GK), Odubajo, McEachran, Sorensen, Da Silva, Judge, Watkins