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Norwich City vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 24th October 2020, k.o. 3pm BST
Sky Bet Championship
A trip to face what Gareth Ainsworth believes could be the best side in the Championship makes Wanderers huge underdogs in Saturday's clash with Norwich City, against whom they've lost all four previous encounters in league and cup... but records are there to be broken and recent signs of encouragement suggest that the Blues' form could be on the turn.
Daniel Farke's men stormed to promotion from this level two seasons ago but couldn't sustain their place in the top tier and have largely shaken off any hangover, collecting 10 points from their opening six matches.
Wycombe are yet to get off the mark despite improvements in performance, particularly against Millwall and Reading in the past seven days, but will be buoyed by the gradual strengthening of the squad with loanees impressing and key players returning from injury.
It's been over a decade since these two sides last met in a league contest in the third tier, but they served up a cup classic in the Carabao Cup two years ago, when Jordan Rhodes bagged a hat-trick in a 4-3 win for the Canaries.
"We’re in a tough league, and looking for clean sheets is going to be a challenge but we have to go and score goals at the other end which we haven't been doing.
"We’re super positive; the performances have definitely been getting there. We're coming up against possibly the best team in the league on Saturday - I think they are an outstanding football team with a great manager so this is going to be a real test.
“We’ve just taken the team sat top of the league all the way and I think people will say ‘how did Wycombe not get anything out of the game’ so that really gives me a positive attitude going into the next games." - Gareth Ainsworth
Anis Mehmeti has impressed in two substitute appearances and could feature again versus his former club, while Dominic Gape, Uche Ikpeazu, Ryan Tafazolli and Jason McCarthy were all being assessed on Thursday and Friday to assess their likelihood of a return from injury.
Norwich could keep faith with the same side that defeated Birmingham with 73% of the possession in midweek.
Wanderers will be in their light and dark blue quarters.
Man in the Middle
Experienced official Gavin Ward has shown 11 yellow cards and no reds in four games so far this term, and his last involvement in a Wycombe fixture was the 1-0 win at Yeovil in April 2018.
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