It’s been a chaotic season at Carrow Road for promotion-chasing Norwich City, who parted with Dean Smith just before the New Year following a stuttering run of form, and have drafted in former Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner, hoping the past play-off winner can inspire another catapult to the Premier League.
Following his spell in West Yorkshire, the American coach upped sticks for Schalke and spent a year at Young Boys in Switzerland. Now back on English soil, Wagner will hope his tactical proclivities can be the catalyst in another promotion bid. He knows the division well, and has all the tools to sculpt a winning team in the second tier.
Birmingham are drifting quite precariously near the lower end of the table, but appear safe from the threat of relegation. John Eustace has kept the Blues’ heads above the water and will be hoping his side can put together a decent run of form to possibly ask questions of the top six towards the business end of the campaign.
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Norwich vs Birmingham match stats
Norwich City have fired home an impressive 43 goals this season, a total bettered only by five clubs, three of whom currently lead the way in the Championship in Burnley, Sheffield United and Middlesbrough. Perhaps quite encouragingly for Norwich, Teemu Pukki hasn’t been the runaway leader for them this time in the second tier, sharing the final-third burden with Josh Sargent, both of whom are the only Canaries to notch double digits in the Championship so far.
30 August 2022 – Birmingham 1-2 Norwich – Championship
9 August 2022 – Norwich 2-2 Birmingham – League Cup
23 February 2021 – Birmingham 1-3 Norwich – Championship
20 October 2020 – Norwich 1-0 Birmingham – Championship
18 January 2019 – Norwich 3-1 Birmingham – Championship
There have been two meetings between these clubs already this campaign. They first met in the League Cup first round, with Norwich advancing on penalties after the game finished 2-2, with Jonathan Leko and Sam Cosgrove missing for Birmingham. In the Championship tie just three weeks later, it was Norwich again who came out on top, this time winning 2-1 courtesy of goals from Andrew Omobamidele and Onel Hernandez.