Having conceded a spot-kick in an unprecedented five consecutive matches, Paul Lambert's side look to secure back-to-back victories and put the pressure back on Steve Bruce
Naughton, R Martin, Barnett, Tierney
Bennett, Hoolahan, Johnson, Pilkington
O’Shea, Brown, Bramble, Richardson
El Mohamady, Larsson, Gardner, Vaughan Sessegnon
It’s usually anyone’s guess how Paul Lambert will line his team up, with changes coming in every game, but captain Grant Holt is likely to return in front of the home crowd. Wes Hoolahan, who has drawn praise from his manager for his recent performances, should keep his place and may feature at the top of a midfield diamond as he did so effectively last season. In the continued absence of three central defenders due to injury, right-back Russell Martin may continue in the middle after acquitting himself well against Bolton.
Steve Bruce is expected to keep faith in the side that beat Stoke City so comprehensively last weekend, with Arsenal loanee Nicklas Bendnter continuing to lead the line on his own. Captain Lee Cattermole was deemed unfit for the last match and was forced to watch from the bench, which may also be his fate at Carrow Road given the quality of the team's performance last week.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Norwich City have set a new Premier League record of giving away a penalty in five consecutive games, never failing to concede one so far this season.
- No one has yet scored more than one goal for the Canaries this season, with each of their five so far coming from different players.
- Sunderland have not won a Premier League match on a Monday since 2002, failing in 13 attempts since then.
- New striker Nicklas Bendtner (pictured right) has not scored a league goal in 2011.
- The last five times that these two sides met in the league, the match finished 1-0 to the home team.
- Norwich won home and away the last time these clubs were in the same league – in the 1990-91 season.