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  • 20 April 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk
  • Referee: M. Dean
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Norwich - Reading Preview: Canaries seek only second win of 2013 against Premier League's bottom club

Chris Hughton's side will have few better opportunities to take three points than at home to the Royals, although Nigel Adkins will be seeking his first win since being appointed

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

NORWICH

Bunn
Martin, Turner, Bassong, Whittaker
Kamara, Tettey, Johnson, Snodgrass
Hoolahan
Holt

READING

McCarthy
Gunter, Mariappa, Morrison, Kelly
McCleary, Karacan, Guthrie, McAnuff
Hunt, Pogrebnyak

Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy (thigh) is nearing a return from long-term injury, but Mark Bunn is set to continue in goal.

Central midfielder Bradley Johnson (leg) is a doubt but could continue alongside Alex Tettey or Jonny Howson, but long-term midfield casualty Andrew Surman (knee) is unavailable.

Playmaker Wes Hoolahan and winger Anthony Pilkington will be hoping to feature following returns to match fitness, while Kei Kamara will be pushing Grant Holt for a starting berth.

Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy had an excellent game against Liverpool on Saturday and could keep his place with Adam Federici (ankle) doubtful.

Hope Akpan (ankle) and winger Jimmy Kebe (groin) are doubtful, so Jem Karacan and Danny Guthrie could continue in the centre of the park while Garath McCleary and Hal Robson-Kanu compete for a position on the right flank.

Noel Hunt started up front alongside Pavel Pogrebnyak in place of supersub Adam Le Fondre on Saturday, but each are likely to feature at some point.

  DID YOU KNOW?

  • Norwich have won only once in the Premier League since Christmas, and are now just four points clear of the relegation zone with five games remaining.
  • The Canaries have drawn seven of their last 12 games and five of their last six home matches in the Premier League.
  • The two sides drew 0-0 when they met in November at the Madejski Stadium.
  • Norwich’s five-goal joint-top scorer Grant Holt scored in both games against Reading in the 2010-11 Championship season, but was sent off in the match at the Madejski Stadium.
  • Reading are bottom of the table and ten points from safety, but Saturday’s 0-0 draw at home to Liverpool ended a run of eight consecutive defeats in new manager Nigel Adkins’ third game in charge.
  • The Royals conceded the most goals (63) and recording the worst goal difference (-27) of any Premier League side so far this season.
  • The Royals have lost 10 of their last 11 away matches in the Premier League, having been losing at both half time and full time in their last three league away games. Only Stoke (9) have scored fewer away from home than Reading (13).

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Available Squads
13Mark BunnGoalkeeper
2Russell MartinDefender
5S. BassongDefender
6Michael TurnerDefender
18Javier GarridoDefender
4Bradley JohnsonMidfielder
23Robert SnodgrassMidfielder
8Jonny HowsonMidfielder
17Elliott BennettMidfielder
9Grant HoltStriker
-Kei KamaraStriker
1Lee CampGoalkeeper
23Marc TierneyDefender
24Ryan Bennett Defender
12Anthony PilkingtonMidfielder
14Wesley HoolahanMidfielder
27Alexander TetteyMidfielder
10K. JacksonMidfielder
41Alex McCarthyGoalkeeper
2Chris GunterDefender
3Adrian MariappaDefender
15Sean MorrisonDefender
2Stephen KellyDefender
20Jem KaracanMidfielder
11Jobi McAnuffMidfielder
12Garath McClearyMidfielder
35Danny GuthrieMidfielder
29Pavel PogrebnyakStriker
22Nick BlackmanStriker
12Stuart TaylorGoalkeeper
26Alex PearceDefender
24Shaun CummingsDefender
3Daniel CarricoDefender
8Mikele LeigertwoodDefender
9Adam Le FondreStriker
10Noel HuntStriker
Players to Watch
Robert Snodgrass
Robert Snodgrass
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
The Scotland international has moved across to the left flank in recent weeks but his driving runs and set piece ability remain a key component his side’s attack as the Canaries search for the win that could secure their Premier League safety.

He netted in the Canaries’ last home game against Swansea as well as taking the free kick that set up Michael Turner’s opening goal against Arsenal on Saturday, and will hope to continue his good form against the league’s bottom placed side.
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 41
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The 23-year-old made his first appearance since November against Liverpool last Saturday, but outstanding performance helped his side record a point after he made 12 saves against the Reds’ attack.

With the Royals having conceded the most goals in the Premier League so far, the keeper is likely to be called into action if his side are to avoid being left even further than their current 10 point deficit away from safety.
Prediction
Chris Hughton could see Saturday’s match against the league’s bottom club as the ideal opportunity to get the win they need to secure Premier League status.

Nigel Adkins’ side could be boosted after their draw at home to Liverpool ended a run of eight defeats, but the Royals could be outgunned at Carrow Road.
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