Today is another 'massive' game at Carrow Road. A big if, but if Bristol City were to win and also come out on top with their two games in hand, they would find themselves only one point behind the Canaries. With points in the bag, it is a four team chase although the Robins and Middlesbrough can not count themselves out of it with atleast 13 games and 39 points to play for.
Over the last six league games Bristol City sit top of the tree on a full 18 points then West Brom and Norwich with 13, Sheffield Utd and Middlesbrough on 11, Leeds having accumulated 10 points. Norwich's one defeat was against Preston who sit second in the form table on 14 points.
Bristol City are a huge threat. They have won eight games on the trot, 14 league games unbeaten and were arguably unlucky not to overcome Premier League side Wolves in the FA Cup following a replay. Away from home, they have conceded the least goals, are solid and organised throughout the team and like to keep the ball in a similar style to Norwich. They haven't really hammered oppositions unlike Norwich. The last time they scored three in a match was back in November away at Portman Road, nothing to shout or brag about this season!
I am sure that Daniel Farke will have the appropriate plan to take advantage of Bristol City's weaknesses and more importantly the plan can be switched mid game should they need to carry out a plan B. Norwich are scoring goals against all styles of opposition this season. If The Canaries are pressed, goals can be produced by long/diagonal balls. If the Robins keep possession, the Canaries have the capability to change the pace quickly with devastating counterattacks.
Bristol City's run has only included one team in the top eight in Derby. Their run in includes lots of challenging encounters to test their promotion credentials.
Ben Godfrey is doing the business at centre back, developing a great partnership with Christoph Zimmerman. Daniel Farke has faith in his young players and will stick with them whilst they continue to set high standards. Their confidence has the ability to grow and when mistakes are made, the manager's faith remains which is important. It is great to see the senior players returning to the squad for the run in with Klose and Hanley available again.
One change up for discussion is the return of Moritz Lietner who came off the bench at Bolton and instantly slotted into the midfield with a host of superb linking passes. This season he has shown amazing ability that he displayed as a youngster in the Champions League. It would however be unfair on Kenny McLean, apart from his saved penalty, he had a great game including a sublime through ball to Emi Buendia who finished with one touch in the box.
It's time for Norwich to stamp their authority on the top spot. A 2-1 victory will do the job.