Burton v Norwich preview
Last Updated: 29/12/17 11:57am
Luke Murphy returns to contention for Burton as they attempt to halt a run of eight straight home defeats against Norwich.
The midfielder, on loan from Leeds, was ineligible against his parent club on Boxing Day so Jamie Allen was recalled for his first start since mid-November. Murphy is likely to be restored to the team in place of Allen on Saturday.
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The likes of Stephen Warnock, Kyle McFadzean, Will Miller and Matt Palmer are options for Burton boss Nigel Clough should he wish to make further changes. Club-record signing Liam Boyce (knee) and on-loan Wolves striker Joe Mason (inflamed appendix) remain unavailable.
Norwich will check on midfielder Wes Hoolahan (hip) and forward Cameron Jerome (back) who both missed the Boxing Day win at Birmingham. Canaries boss Daniel Farke made five changes against Blues, so Tom Trybull and Alex Tettey could retain their places in midfield, while 19-year-old Jamal Lewis impressed at left-back.
Forward Steven Naismith is stepping up his recovery from an ankle problem so could soon be back in contention along with defender James Husband, who has been out with a groin injury. Midfielder Louis Thompson (Achilles), winger Matt Jarvis (ankle) and goalkeeper Remi Matthews (ankle) all continue their rehabilitation.
Burton's only previous match against Norwich at the Pirelli Stadium came in last season's Championship season, a 2-1 victory.
Norwich haven't drawn two league matches against an opponent goalless in the same season since 2000/01 against Nottingham Forest.
The Brewers have taken just seven points from a possible 36 in Championship home games this term (W2 D1 L9); the fewest of any side in the competition.
Norwich have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 Championship games (W2 D2 L7), although that did come last time out in a 2-0 win at Birmingham.
Tom Naylor has scored two goals in his last two league outings for Burton; as many as he had in previous 42 appearances beforehand.
James Maddison has created more goal-scoring chances than any other player in the Championship this term (60).