David Wagner got off to the perfect start as Norwich manager following his appointment at the start of the month, thrashing Preston 4-0. His hiring comes after the dismissal of Dean Smith at the end of last year, and fans will be hoping the former promotion-achiever with Huddersfield Town can mimic that feat from 2017.
The Canaries were on a four-game winless run until Wagner stopped the rot last time out, with three points at Deepdale climbing the Norfolk club up to seventh in the table, and just two points off the play-off positions. With sixth-placed West Brom facing runaway leaders Burnley this weekend, Norwich will be seeking to pounce if the Baggies slip up.
Coventry meanwhile are caught in the riptide of a four-game winless run of their own. In fact, since returning from the winter break, Mark Robins has overseen just one win in seven. That, incredibly, came against West Brom, which is the only defeat they’ve faced in 10 outings (winning the other nine).
Robins will take confidence from that result, and hope his side can channel that sort of script-defying energy against the promotion chasers this weekend.
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What bodes well for Coventry is the fact they have Viktor Gyokeres leading their line. The Sweden international has once again been electric this season, leading to plenty of links with the big boys upstairs. Such has been his form that only Chuba Akpom (13) has scored more goals in the Championship this season than him.
For Norwich, it’s been a familiar face netting for fun in Teemu Pukki. In the Finland international’s two other seasons in the Championship, he surpassed the 20-goal mark, and he is already into double digits for this campaign. Alongside Akpom and Gyokeres, Pukki is one of just seven players with a double-digit tally.