Tip Norwich - Brentford
The race for promotion will take a new twist in the Championship this week when Norwich hosts Brentford in a clash of the top two. Norwich have recovered from an earlier slump and go to this game still top of the standings with 70 points while second placed Brentford have registered 63 points so far. A kinder fixture schedule has been key for Norwich staying top; their last four matches have been against sides in the bottom five and they’ve won each of their last five. The last time Norwich faced sides in the top seven, they lost – to Barnsley and Swansea. They have a seven point buffer between them and Brentford and after playing their last two matches away from home, they’ll be glad to be back in familiar territory. At home, Norwich are unbeaten in the last 15 matches across all competitions, having won 11. They have five clean sheets in the last six home matches, having scored 10 goals and conceded one. The Canaries haven’t been as impressive as Brentford in attack but have a respectable return of goals. In the last five matches, they have scored 12 goals and conceded just two. Teemu Pukki continues to be a key man for the team; he has scored seven times in the last five matches.
Brentford are the top scorers in the league, with 61 goals so far and will be psyched up by back to back wins after recovering from a run of three straight losses. While they can be explosive in attack, Brentford have defensive issues; they’ve managed just one clean sheet in the last 11 matches. Being just three points above third place, they will always have to look over their shoulder, unless they can create a buffer with games such as this one. They’ve conceded twice in five of their last 10 matches in the Championship and no team has conceded more than them (35) in the top four. The Bees lost their last two away matches and have no clean sheet in eight straight away matches, which places them as the underdogs in this clash. These two sides drew 1-1 in their October meeting and Brentford are winless in their last four meetings with Norwich, losing twice with two ending in draws.
Key points Norwich - Brentford
Brentford have managed just two clean sheets in their last 15 matches.
Norwich City have five straight wins.
Norwich City are undefeated in their last 15 matches.
Brentford have conceded the most goals in the top four.
Brentford have conceded twice in five of their last 10 Championship matches.
Conclusion Norwich - Brentford
Brentford have not enjoyed a very good run away from home in recent times and meet a Norwich side very comfortable at home. Also, Norwich have been top in their recent meetings with Brentford. Norwich have the momentum even though this is going to be a tougher game than their previous five. With the momentum, home form and a bigger gap at the top at stake, back Norwich for a win.
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Norwich Brentford Prediction published on March 1, 2021