Behind Enemy Lines: Norwich City

MILLWALL can focus solely on the league until January after their 3-1 EFL Cup defeat against Reading on Tuesday night.

The Lions are still looking for their first Championship win this season, while Norwich are in 17th place, with two points more than Millwall.

The Canaries have looked frail defensively so far, and they conceded four goals in their last league outing, a 4-2 loss at Aston Villa.



Daniel Farke's side have conceded first in five of his six games in charge.

But The Carrow Road outfit have put 10 past Millwall in their last two meetings, the Championship clashes between the sides in 2014-15.

Lucas Ball spoke to Norwich fan Chris Jakes ahead of Saturday's tie.



Twitter: @cjakes84

What made you support Norwich City?

Chris Sutton scored a hat-trick in my first-ever game at Carrow Road against Leeds in April 1993. Leeds were champions at the time. Lee Chapman and Rod Wallace scored for them but this was the season City finished third in the first-ever Premier League and we ended up winning 4-2 with David Phillips getting the other for Norwich from the penalty spot.

My whole family supporting Norwich and my dad taking me to watch them all over the north of England where we were living in the mid- to late-90s also helped!

What are your expectations for this year after a disappointing 2016-17?

My heart says play-offs but head tells me Norwich will finish just outside again. We are impressive going forward – especially at home – but still seemingly shaky at the back.

We now have one final season of parachute payments from the Premier League so the club has cut their cloth accordingly in the event we miss promotion again this year.

There has been a huge turnover in players this summer with lots of experienced players leaving (John Ruddy, Graham Dorrans, Jonny Howson, Sebastian Bassong). There was a feeling amongst the fans that perhaps we needed a younger, hungrier team this year and we have brought in lots of untested lower earners, which, to be fair, was a successful recipe under Paul Lambert.

We also have a new sporting director called Stuart Webber whom we poached from Huddersfield. Unsurprisingly, we are looking to follow their model with the appointment of our first overseas coach in Daniel Farke, who is bringing a new philosophy and style to our play. It's still early days.

Do you think that your midweek 4-1 EFL Cup victory over Charlton was impressive? Will it have any bearing on Saturday's fixture?

It was a good performance albeit against League One opposition with a second-string team out.  I don’t think it will have much bearing on Saturday as there were many changes to the Norwich line-up too. Josh Murphy was the stand-out and is a player full of confidence at the moment.

The sobering reality is that Norwich have conceded the opening goal in five of Farke’s opening six games and our defence continues to worry, especially after last Sunday against Villa. That said we still have a very good team at this level and will cause any team a problem on our day.

Who are the Canaries' danger men?

Josh Murphy. He’s playing really well at the minute – in our last two games against Villa and Charlton he has scored three goals and set up two. Obviously, there’s Wes Hoolahan, and then there is James Maddison who has started the season superbly and looks the real deal. Nelson Oliveira will be injured, I believe.

Which players do you expect to cause Norwich problems from Neil Harris' side?

I would expect Steve Morison to cause our defence a few problems on Saturday due to his presence and ability to hold the ball up. Whilst I was not a huge fan when he was at Norwich he did score a memorable goal at Arsenal in a 3-3 draw for us!

I am not sure he will start, but Tom Elliott is someone I have heard good things about from a Wimbledon friend and I believe he has scored a few for you already, so if he plays he will be dangerous.

Who will Daniel Farke pick? And in what formation?

Not an easy question as the team and formation has changed quite a bit in the opening games.

Injuries dictate it a little. However, I would expect something along the lines of:

4-5-1

Gunn

Pinto Martin Franke Husband

Hoolahan Reed Maddison Vrancic Murphy

Jerome

Finally, a score prediction?

Milwall 1-2 Norwich.

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