Norwich City v Leeds United Preview: Leeds looking for double over Norwich for first time since the 1880/81 season

By Ed McIntyre

Leeds United are set to make the trip to Carrow Road as they take on Norwich City in the EFL Championship on Saturday afternoon.

Paul Heckingbottom‘s side are looking to secure the double over the Canaries, after they beat them 1-0 last December.

Meanwhile Norwich City manager Daniel Farke will be looking for his side’s first win after picking up just two points from their past three games.

Leeds aiming to build on win against Barnsley

Its been a torrid time for Leeds this calendar year, with the Whites just winning three games in 2018. Their form has seen them slip far down the league table and their promotion hope vanish. Leeds currently sit 12th and on 57 points.

However, they’ve picked up seven points in their last six games, and the Whites will be hoping to build on a 2-1 victory over manager Paul Heckingbottom’s former club Barnsley last Saturday. They will be looking for two wins in a row for the first time since December 2017.

Can the Whites secure the double over Norwich?

The last time these two sides met saw Leeds come out victorious, winning 1-0 in December last year thanks to a headed goal from centre-back Pontus Jansson in front of the South Stand at Elland Road. The West Yorkshire side are sure to take confidence from that into this game, and attempt to secure the double over Norwich – something which they haven’t been able to achieve since the 1880/81 season.

What to expect from Norwich

It was a summer of change at Norwich City as well in 2017, with Daniel Farke being hired manager after leaving the head coach position for the Borussia Dortmund reserve team.

They then signed 12 players and 4 more in January, offloading 21 players across the 2017/18 campaign.

It was season Norwich City fans were looking forward as they hoped the team would win promotion back to the Premier League, but it has been an underwhelming season for the Canaries.

Norwich City currently sit one place behind Leeds in 13th and on the same total of 57 points as their opponents this weekend. And just like Leeds they’ve struggled to find consistent form having picked up just two points from a possible 18 in their last six games.

They will be hoping to find a win in what is to be their last home game of the season.

Team news

Leeds have no new injury or suspension concerns going into this weekend’s game. Head coach Paul Heckingbottom however revealed that full back Luke Ayling is back in training after having surgery on his ankle injury in January. Left back Laurens De Bock is also back fit after recovering from a hamstring injury. Striker Tyler Roberts is still out of action for the Whites.

Previous meetings

Leeds got the better of the two teams in this fixture at Carrow Road last season, as a low strike from long range from midfielder Ronaldo Viera secured a 3-2 win for the Whites.

That win added to the 21 times Leeds had been winners in this fixture previously. But after beating Norwich 1-0 earlier on this season, the Whites have won a total of 22 out the 56 times these two clubs have met in their history, Norwich winning 18 meetings.

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