Norwich vs Stoke – Match preview and team news

Two sides that have struggled to turn draws into wins this season face-off at Carrow Road, looking to build on recent form.

Norwich come into this tie on the back of wins over Arsenal in the league, and Tottenham in the Capital One Cup, with an away draw to Aston Villa last weekend. That win over the Gunners was however Chris Hughton’s only Premier League win this season.

Stoke have drawn six of their nine league matches and have lost just one of their previous four clashes, away to Manchester United. Draws with Sunderland last weekend, and Liverpool the week before, both 0-0, show that Tony Pulis’ side will be tough to break down.

Norwich should have Russell Martin back from injury, but will be without on loan Spurs striker Harry Kane, who is out with a foot problem. Grant Holt is set to return to lead the front line, having spent the midweek clash with Tottenham on the bench for the most part.

Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan has returned from a hamstring injury, and is in contention for a starting place, while Matthew Etherington could start the match.

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