Back to the bread and butter

Back to the bread and butter

Even though City lost 2-1 to Bournemouth in the cup this week, the boys are really disappointed but I am sure positive from the experience having produced impressive stats from the game with more possession, corners and shots, which included hitting the post twice Premiership opposition.

The Canaries have lost 5-1 in the last two league games at Hillsborough. Confidence is high, the team and the majority of fans expect a win. I do not believe you can base to much reliance on form in the Championship.

This season the margins between winning and losing are fine as demonstrated by a congested league table. We could be top at 5.30 on Saturday.

Such a shame to find out that Louis Thompson needs an operation. At the age of only 23, this will be the fifth significant injury blow to the career of Louis and it's a repeat from his first one in 2015 when he suffered a shoulder injury at Swindon where he went on to miss 16 games.

This time surgery is required which means he is unlikely to be back before January.

Whilst at City he has suffered from a bruised hip and worst than that, two breaks from playing with Achilles' tendon surgery. He returned at the start of this season having been out for eleven months. A major set back for the lad.

One player who is demonstrating superb leadership qualities this season is Timm Klose. The German born, Swiss International is an extremely interesting character off the field in front of the camera and is an assured and intelligent individual.

At the age of 30 and having played in Germany and Switzerland which includes 27 caps for his country, he comes with an excellent pedigree. City fans must be relieved when rumours of a move abroad in the summer did not materialise.

He is at the top of his game at present and is benefiting from the passing style adopted by Daniel Farke. Klose is definitely demonstrating his leadership skills and it's especially this season with several Acadamy players actively involved in starting games. The fans love him as he is normally the last player to leave the pitch at the end of the game.

The bonus has been with him chipping in with a few goals. He appears to have struck up a brilliant understanding with Christoph Zimmermann, it would be great if the big man could also find the back of the net again soon.

Teemu Puuki came on for the last ten minutes at Bournemouth following a recent injury and with Jordan Rhodes being ineligible due to being on loan from Wednesday, is likely to start the game. I do not expect any other changes subject to any injuries picked up midweek.

Having said that, the only player who might get a start on merit is Onel Hernandez simply because is arguably the best player in the squad capable of producing an assist due to his pace and ability to run at defenders.

My prediction is a 2-0 away victory on Saturday with Pukki and Hernandez doing the damage.

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