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Norwich vs Sheffield Utd preview, predictions & confirmed team news

By Ollie Thomas

Premier League preview: Norwich City v Sheff Utd

Published: 13:20, 8 December 2019

Norwich City host Sheffield United for the first time in the top flight for nearly 26 years this Sunday.

The Canaries find themselves in 19th, in desperate need of points to avoid getting cut adrift, whilst Chris Wilder’s side are in the top half, competing for a European spot.

Having taken four points off Everton and Arsenal, Daniel Farke will have been disappointed to have succumbed to Southampton on Wednesday night, leaving them four points off 17th and already fighting for their lives.

Sheffield Utd also fell to a disappointing defeat in the week but had been unbeaten in seven before that, having taken points from clashes with Manchester Utd and Spurs along the way.

Read on for our Norwich vs Sheffield Utd

When is Norwich vs Sheffield Utd and where can I watch live?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Carrow Road

Date: Sunday, 9 December 2019

Kick-off: 2:00 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): N/A

Last five meetings: Norwich vs Sheffield Utd

26 January 2019: Norwich 2-2 Sheffield Utd (Championship)

18 August 2018: Sheffield Utd 2-1 Norwich (Championship)

20 January 2018: Norwich 1-2 Sheffield Utd (Championship)

16 September 2017: Sheffield Utd 0-1 Norwich (Championship)

22 January 2011: Sheffield Utd 1-2 Norwich (Championship)

Aggregate Score: Norwich (DLLWW) 7-7 Sheffield Utd (DWWLL)

Ones to watch

Norwich: Teemu Pukki

After a run of eight games without a goal, the Finnish striker has now bagged two in two and is starting to look like the player who tore up the league at the start of the season. A return to form would be timely for struggling Norwich – if you have a prolific goalscorer in your ranks, you always have a chance of staying up.

Key stat: Teemu Pukki has scored 22 league goals in 2019; only Jarrod Bowen (24) and Jamie Vardy (26) have scored more such goals within England’s top four tiers this year.

Sheffield Utd: David McGoldrick

It has been Lys Mousset has been making the headlines for Sheffield Utd recently, but David McGoldrick is the man allowing him to flourish. He may be yet to score this season, but his movement off the ball and link-up play has been imperative for the Blades this season. Their defeat to Newcastle showed just how much they need him.

Key stat: No player has missed more big chances (9) without scoring than McGoldrick this season.

Team news


The Canaries have no fresh injury concerns but are likely to rotate their team from the one that lost at St. Mary’s. Alex Tettey impressed off the bench, and could return to the starting XI.

Predicted XI: Krul; Aarons, Zimmermann, Godfrey, Byram; Tettey, Vrancic; Buendía, McLean, O Hernández; Pukki.

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Sheffield Utd

Billy Sharp and Oli McBurnie started up front against Newcastle Utd but are likely to drop out following the defeat at Bramall Lane. Chris Wilder has a preferred starting XI, so don’t be surprised to see a similar team to last weekend against Wolves.

Predicted XI: Henderson; Basham, Egan, O’Connell; Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens; McGoldrick, Mousset.

Squawka prediction

This should be a cracking game between two sides who will want nothing less than a win. Both have been a breath of fresh air for the Premier League this season, but Sheffield Utd are imperious away from home.

Scoreline prediction: Norwich 0-2 Sheffield Utd