MATCHWATCH : Norwich City (a) sponsored by a Cooper’s brace

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MATCHWATCH : Norwich City (a) sponsored by a Cooper’s brace

by Sutekh » 06 Apr 2017 09:32

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Carrow Road is the next venue for the Reading play off bandwagon as its inexorable roll continues. Wish I could say it heartlessly flattens everything in its way but it just, well, doesn’t. Nevertheless when the wheels do fall off the whole procession just carries on by tubthumping

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Norwich are a very erratic team more than capable of beating anyone in this division on their day but have sadly, for them, lurched from highs to lows fairly regularly throughout the season and only rarely shown why they were considered one of the bookies favourites for the title in pre and early season.

Though their season is now more or less dead and gone we are at that point of the season where players start playing to impress for summer new deals or moves away - blah blah, cliché, cliché so Reading still have to - insert more clichés of your choice here

Norwich will be missing one time Reading target Graham Dorrans and Wes Hoolahan is a doubt with a thigh strain. Unfortunately both Norwich full backs - Ivo Pinto and Mitchell Dijks – will be available again after serving suspensions.

Meanwhile the caress of injury continues to blight the Reading experience. Though at the moment it appears a little more quantified. Basically Stephen Quinn is effectively going to be out for the rest of the season while Berg, McShane and Evans are going to be absent to around, or just after, Easter weekend. Ilori seems to be back in in the mix but Harriott is probably 3/4 weeks off playing – good option to have returning for the play offs though. Formation wise I’m expecting Jaap to revert the back four by returning Obita to left back and Blackett to centre back for this game but, of course, he’ll probably do something else and if he does I wouldn’t be too unhappy to see Reece continue at the back.

Referee

James Linington from the Isle of Wight is expected to be the man in charge

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Previously

24 Sep 16 > Reading 1-0 Huddersfield Town
21 Nov 15 > Reading 2-1 Bolton Wanderers
02 May 15 > Derby County 0-3 Reading
28 Dec 14 > Reading 2-1 Norwich City
21 Nov 14 > Cardiff City 2-1 Reading
12 Aug 14 > Reading 3-1 Newport County (League Cup)
10 Sep 11 > Reading 0-2 Watford
30 Apr 11 > Coventry City 0-0 Reading
22 Jan 11 > Reading 1-1 Hull City
02 May 10 > Reading 4-0 Preston North End
30 Jan 10 > Reading 1-0 Barnsley

Historically

There have been 67 league games between Norwich and Reading which makes this game the 34th league visit to the Canaries. Of the previous 33, 10 have resulted in wins for Reading while 15 games have gone the way of Delia’s boys. There have only been 2 goalless games in those 33 so odds are there will be some picking the ball out of the back of the net to be done at least one keeper - and more likely both as these teams do appear to struggle to keep clean sheets against each other.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Norwich City (a) sponsored by a Cooper’s brace

by Gunny Fishcake » 07 Apr 2017 10:21

Tough game , very, will blissfully take a draw of any sort

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Norwich City (a) sponsored by a Cooper’s brace

by royalp-we » 07 Apr 2017 23:21

We haven't won a Saturday afternoon away game since Blackburn in December. Probably about time we won one, right?

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Norwich City (a) sponsored by a Cooper’s brace

by Ian Royal » 08 Apr 2017 09:10

Would this be the first time we'd won four on the bounce this season? I reckon draw.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Norwich City (a) sponsored by a Cooper’s brace

by Platypuss » 08 Apr 2017 09:19

Ian Royal wrote:Would this be the first time we'd won four on the bounce this season?


No.


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Re: MATCHWATCH : Norwich City (a) sponsored by a Cooper’s brace

by Ian Royal » 08 Apr 2017 10:40

Platypuss wrote:
Ian Royal wrote:Would this be the first time we'd won four on the bounce this season?


No.

Oh yeah, Forest, Wigan, Burton, Bristol. Thanks.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Norwich City (a) sponsored by a Cooper’s brace

by Platypuss » 08 Apr 2017 11:12

Ian Royal wrote:
Platypuss wrote:
Ian Royal wrote:Would this be the first time we'd won four on the bounce this season?


No.

Oh yeah, Forest, Wigan, Burton, Bristol. Thanks.


Plus Rotherham before those if you count league only.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Norwich City (a) sponsored by a Cooper’s brace

by Top Flight » 08 Apr 2017 11:16

If we show the same intensity as we did in the Leeds game I think we'll win this one. I'm backing our boys to stay strong. Norwich 0 Reading 2.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Norwich City (a) sponsored by a Cooper’s brace

by Royal_jimmy » 08 Apr 2017 13:24

Another one of those away shockers is on the horizon

Norwich 3-0 Reading


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Re: MATCHWATCH : Norwich City (a) sponsored by a Cooper’s brace

by Royals and Racers » 08 Apr 2017 13:53

Reading starting XI vs Norwich: Al-Habsi, Gunter (c), Blackett, Moore, Oxford, Swift, Kelly, Mutch, McCleary, Grabban, Kermorgant

Reading subs vs Norwich: Jaakkola, Mendes, Obita, Williams, Popa, Gravenberch, Watson.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Norwich City (a) sponsored by a Cooper’s brace

by Emeraldroyal » 08 Apr 2017 14:35

Royal_jimmy wrote:Another one of those away shockers is on the horizon

Norwich 3-0 Reading


Naaah not today.
Norwich are a decent side at home but I genuinely think we've matured hugely over the last few games.

0-0 and I'd take that too.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Norwich City (a) sponsored by a Cooper’s brace

by marlowuk » 08 Apr 2017 14:49

No place for Ilori in the squad. Is he injured too?

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Norwich City (a) sponsored by a Cooper’s brace

by CountryRoyal » 08 Apr 2017 14:51

marlowuk wrote:No place for Ilori in the squad. Is he injured too?


Broke his ankle getting on the bus.


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Re: MATCHWATCH : Norwich City (a) sponsored by a Cooper’s brace

by harry » 08 Apr 2017 14:56

Well that's a god start

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Norwich City (a) sponsored by a Cooper’s brace

by Emeraldroyal » 08 Apr 2017 14:59

harry wrote:Well that's a god start


There goes my 0-0 prediction :shock:

I'll not bother sharing grand national tips so :evil:

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Norwich City (a) sponsored by a Cooper’s brace

by ROWY » 08 Apr 2017 15:00

10-0 at this rate

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Norwich City (a) sponsored by a Cooper’s brace

by ROWY » 08 Apr 2017 15:03

Prediction 1-2 reading , plenty of time to recover

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Norwich City (a) sponsored by a Cooper’s brace

by Emeraldroyal » 08 Apr 2017 15:09

Ok so we're getting battered...

Next :cry:

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Norwich City (a) sponsored by a Cooper’s brace

by harry » 08 Apr 2017 15:09

ROWY wrote:Prediction 1-2 reading , plenty of time to recover



2-3?

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Norwich City (a) sponsored by a Cooper’s brace

by CavershamRoyal » 08 Apr 2017 15:10

Emeraldroyal wrote:
Royal_jimmy wrote:Another one of those away shockers is on the horizon

Norwich 3-0 Reading


Naaah not today.
Norwich are a decent side at home but I genuinely think we've matured hugely over the last few games.


Hopefully by quoting this it inspires a fantastic 3-2 away victory :?

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