Daniel Farke says that it’s important that his players play their game and stick to the plan when they take on Ipswich on Sunday in the second East Anglian Derby game of the season.
Norwich are top of the table and Ipswich are recon bottom, rarely, certainly not in my lifetime, can I think of a larger gap between the two teams.
The game is huge for both sides and the added subplot of Paul Lambert and Matt Gill returning to Carrow Road adds even more spice if that’s really possible.
— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) February 8, 2019
In terms of team news, Tom Trybull suffered a nasty cut to his ankle against Leeds but he’s trained this week and Super Tom is available. Alex Tettey has another week’s worth of training under his belt too, so he is also an option.
Moritz Leitner, the hero of Portman Road the last time the two teams met, at the start of the season, is back in full training again but having missed so much football, he won’t be available for this one.
Tom Klose is likely to be back in training in the next week or so but again, misses this game. Both Todd Cantwell and Ben Godfrey suffered minor knocks in training in the week but both will be available to face the Tractor Boys.
New signing, Philip Heise will be available but Farke stressed that there is little pressure to change the squad.
The game is, as I said, big at both ends of the table, with a win for Ipswich having the potential to kick start an unlikely “great escape” and for City, it gives the chance to compound the old enemy’s misery as well as taking another three points into their title challenge.
By the time City play this game on Sunday lunchtime, they could’ve dropped from first place to third in the table, although Leeds are travelling to Middlesbrough and Sheffield United are up against Aston Villa at Villa Park live on Sky TV tonight.
When asked about that though, Farke said he was pretty relaxed and would watch the scores come in from his sofa with a cup of coffee.
Remember though, form goes completely out of the window in the East Anglian Derby. Having said that, I’m confident that if Norwich just play their normal game then we should have too much for the ponies,