Norwich City travel away to face Preston North End in the 3rd round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
The Canaries currently hold the horrible record of the longest run without a win in the FA Cup, stretching back 10 years since their last victory in the competition.
Daniel Farke will be hoping to change that, with his side struggling for form in the Premier League. Norwich have only won three league games all season and lost in the League Cup to League Two Crawley, whilst Preston are challenging for a top six finish in the Championship.
It will also be another chance for Alex Neil to get one over his former team. He masterminded Norwich’s only Championship league defeat in 2019 as his side won 3-1 at home early in the year.
But how will Farke line up for this clash? Here is our predicted XI for the match…
With Ralf Fahrmann injured, Michael McGovern will need to step up and play between the sticks.
Byram has nailed down his place at left-back in recent weeks, but he could move back to right-back for this outing in order to give Max Aarons a rest.
Grant Hanley has played a lot of football after returning from injury. Amadou should come back in at centre-back to give him a much deserved break.
Zimmermann should retain his place at centre-back. He should also be given the captain’s armband back for this one.
Jamal Lewis was far from terrible in his stint at left-back in the first-half of the season, but Sam Byram has been exceptional since earning his place. He should get a run out in this one.
Trybull has been dropped in the last two league matches, which means that he is due to come back in for this cup clash.
Despite his recent exile from the first-team, it would not be a shock to see Leitner handed a chance to prove that he still has what it takes to play under Farke.
Buendia is on fire at the moment and Norwich have no real options to replace him on the bench.
Stiepermann has been nowhere near good enough in the Premier League this season. This could be his chance to gain some confidence and finally prove that he can cut it at the top level.
Hernandez looked bright when he came on against Palace on Wednesday. He should start on the left ahead of Todd Cantwell.
The young forward made his league debut against Palace and, with Pukki’s injury, could be handed a start at Deepdale.