Norwich vs Birmingham predictions: Canaries to soar past Blues
Norwich and Birmingham will both be seeking a return to form when they meet in the Championship at Carrow Road on Saturday.
The Canaries had taken 10 points from their opening four matches of the new season, but they have lost three of their four in the league since, while also being dumped out of the League Cup by Fulham during the week.
Birmingham, meanwhile, are without a win in five matches across league and cup and have suffered defeat in their last two away fixtures at Watford and Preston.
After being thrashed 6-2 at Plymouth in their last Championship fixture, Norwich manager David Wagner understandably rang the changes for Wednesday's League Cup loss at Fulham, with Ben Gibson the only player to retain his place in the starting XI.
It was an improved showing at Craven Cottage and the likes of Borja Sainz, Adam Forshaw and Onel Hernandez will hope to feature again on Saturday, but Josh Sargent remains sidelined with an ankle ligament injury.
Birmingham were not in midweek cup action, but Blues head coach John Eustace does have a growing injury list to contend with, the latest being winger Keshi Anderson, who sustained a hamstring injury during last week's draw with Queens Park Rangers.
Anderson joins Ethan Laird and George Hall (both hamstring), Tyler Roberts (calf) and Alfie Chang (knee) on the treatment table.
Norwich have lost four of their last five matches across all competitions, but they have won their previous five league meetings with Birmingham.
The Canaries have something of a hoodoo over their opponents from the second city, as they are unbeaten in their previous 10 showdowns with Birmingham, registering eight wins during that time.
Birmingham's most recent victory over Norwich was a 3-0 success at St Andrew's in August 2016, but you have to go back over 21 years for their last win against the Canaries at Carrow Road when a Stern John goal was enough to seal a 1-0 triumph in March 2002.
With Norwich having lost four of their last five games and Birmingham failing to register a win over the same period, confidence may be at a premium at Carrow Road.
However, Norwich have only failed to beat Leicester on home soil this season and their record against Birmingham suggests they can get the better of the Blues on Saturday.
Scoring goals has not been an issue for Norwich, they have only failed to find the back of the net once in 11 matches this term, but they have been conceding at an alarming rate at the other end, shipping 10 across their last three games.
That will give Birmingham hope of getting on the scorehseet and goals have been a feature of recent meetings between these two sides, with both teams scoring in each of the last four encounters and in six of the previous seven.
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