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NORWICH CITY FA CUP PREVIEW

21 January 2021

The Reds' Emirates FA Cup journey continues for 20/21 with the visit of Norwich City in the fourth round.

This Saturday 23 January 2021, Barnsley welcome league leaders, Norwich City to Oakwell, but not in league action.

It's a 3pm kick-off in this Emirates FA Cup fourth round tie, as the Reds look to clip the Canaries' feathers and set up a fifth round home clash with either Luton Town or Chelsea.

Having lost a third straight Sky Bet Championship fixture in midweek at Watford, the cup perhaps provides brief respite for Valérien Ismaël's outfit. 

That 1-0 loss at Vicarage Road was another tough one to swallow, having ran the hosts close but to no avail. Kicking off the new year with those three defeats isn't ideal, but all of them were tight affairs against the top three in the division. 

The first of those losses was against this weekend's opposition. Our first game of 2021 was a 1-0 defeat at Carrow Road in a game the Reds did themselves proud in. But naturally, that makes us underdogs going into Saturday. 

Without the services of ex-Canary Carlton Morris owing to him being cup-tied and with a number of players looking a little leggy in Hertfordshire on Tuesday evening, Ismaël could well shuffle the pack at Oakwell this weekend.

The likes of Dominik Frieser, Herbie Kane, Toby Sibbick and Brad Collins will all be looking for a place in the starting lineup having had to sit on the bench at Watford, whilst Austrian striker Patrick Schmidt might have a case for a rare start with the Reds' lack of goals since the new calendars were put up. 

Norwich have since beaten both Cardiff and Bristol City since their slim victory over Barnsley three weeks ago. They're the form team in the Championship this term and looking a safe bet for one of the two automatic promotion spots. 

But whilst they do dominate the Reds when we travel to their patch, it's been 10 years since the Canaries won at Oakwell. 

It's just three years since they last visited the Reds, in a match that ended 1-1 with Josh Murphy's second half strike cancelling out Oli McBurnie's opener for Barnsley. 

We will have live audio commentary on iFollow Barnsley this Saturday, but fans should be aware that we do not hold the rights for live streaming, with subscription service BT Sport picking up the tie. 


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