Norwich looking to extend gap at the top

Daniel Farke left frustrated as leaders Norwich drop points against QPR |  BT Sport

Norwich City head into Tuesday’s Championship encounter at Birmingham City looking to stay on top of the division.

While the Canaries are well placed to earn promotion to the Premier League, the Blues needed a 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend to move out of the relegation zone.

After defeat at promotion rivals Swansea City, Daniel Farke and his players came under fire after a number of concerning performances.

However, the Canaries have bounced back with three successive victories, their latest success at Rotterham United extending their lead to seven points over the chasing pack.

Norwich were further boosted by the defeats suffered by Brentford and Swansea City, and there is a window of opportunity for the club to cement their status at the top with 15 matches remaining.

 Teemu Pukki returned to form at the weekend as the Finn took his return to four goals from three appearances with the decisive strike against the Millers.

Teemu Pukki - Player profile 20/21 | Transfermarkt

For Birmingham, head coach Aitor Karanka is said to be fighting for his job at St Andrew’s as Blues flirt with relegation to League One.

Although a 1-0 victory was recorded at rivals Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, the Spaniard is aware that one positive result every few games will not be enough to keep him in the dugout.

Despite their current situation at the bottom of the table, Birmingham now possess the eighth best away record in the division, collecting 22 points from 16 games.

Nevertheless, nine points from 15 games at their West Midlands home is the difference maker, heaping the pressure on Karanka and his squad to end a winless run which stretches back to October 28.

Aitor Karanka has this message after Birmingham City supporters' gesture -  Birmingham Live

Team news

Birmingham City

Sam Cosgrove wasn’t involved against Sheffield Wednesday and is a doubt here. Harlee Deen returned and started the game against Sheffield Wednesday. Aitor Karanka does not have any other injury concerns.

Norwich City

Michael McGovern and Sam Byram continue to be unavailable for the Canaries. Jordan Hugill was available for selection against Rotherham United. Marco Stiepermann has been training with the u-23s and could make a return to the matchday squad on Tuesday.

Published by cianj13

ferbane and offaly footballer sports journalist email - cianjohnson1300@gmail.com

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