Norwich hope to make it tenth time lucky as they welcome Leeds to Carrow Road
Still reeling from their 7-0 hammering at Stamford Bridge last week, Norwich City hope to pick up their first win of the season when they entertain Leeds United at Carrow Road on Sunday.
Daniel Farke’s side are occupying a familiar position after nine games, sitting bottom of the pile winless and with a -21 goal difference.
There were calls for him to be shown the door in the wake of last weekend’s result, but the German will have the chance to turn things around in Norfolk.
Things aren’t a great deal brighter at Leeds right now, as the Whites flirt with the relegation zone after winning just one of their first nine games. A late Rodrigo penalty at Elland Road last week was much needed as they narrowly avoided what would have been a sixth defeat.
One man who played no part in the defeat to Chelsea was loanee Billy Gilmour, who has struggled for game time since joining from the Blues in the summer. He’s in contention after being ineligible to face his former club, but whether or not Farke will choose him is another question.
Todd Cantwell is unlikely to play after missing the last four games with injury, but Przemyslaw Placheta could make the squad as he looks for his first minutes of the season.
Former Leeds right-back Sam Byram is closing in on a return but needs more fitness before he’s part of anything, and Christoph Zimmermann needs ankle surgery and could be out until after Christmas. Ben Gibson is suspended after being sent off against Chelsea.
As for Leeds, they will be boosted by the availability of Kalvin Phillips, who came through the full 90 minutes of the Carabao Cup defeat to Arsenal in midweek. The England man has been a key player for the Whites since they returned to the Premier League, and Marcelo Bielsa will be hoping his injury worries are behind him.
One man that won’t return is Patrick Bamford, who is still struggling with an ankle problem.
Luke Ayling and Robin Koch are both still out, but Junior Firpo has a chance of returning, while Raphinha is also expected to be fine after an ankle knock.
The last time these two sides met at Carrow Road in the Premier League was just over 17 years ago, when goals from Mark Robins and Neil Adams sealed a 2-1 win for the Canaries. Adams will be in attendance on Sunday, as he’s now the Assistant Sporting Director at the club, while Robins is manager of Coventry City.
Norwich City take on Leeds United on Sunday, October 31st. Kick-off is at 2pm.