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            Norwich vs. Sunderland Prediction, Tips & Stats

            In the intricate tapestry of the EFL Championship, Norwich City and Sunderland lock horns for a potentially very consequential clash in the race for a top-six finish in this division. One side is in the ascendency while one is amidst a period of turmoil, so it will be interesting to observe how the two side's contrasting fortunes affect this encounter.

            Currently positioned 7th in the EFL Championship with 52 points, Norwich City have embarked on a journey defined by ups and downs throughout the season. Under the guidance of manager David Wagner, the Canaries have weathered storms and emerged as formidable contenders for playoff qualification.

            Amidst whispers of managerial uncertainty earlier in the campaign, Wagner has orchestrated a remarkable turnaround to guide his side's ascent up the league table, with his team most recently embarking on an unbeaten run of five league games, with three victories in a row. However, a recent 1-1 draw against Blackburn Rovers served as a testament to the fine margins that characterise Championship football, as an outstanding first-half free-kick from Marcelino Núñez was nullified by Blackburn's Dominic Hyam.

            Buoyed by their imperious form at home, Norwich have remained undefeated in their last nine games at Carrow Road, securing seven victories in the process. Despite the absence of standout performer Jonathan Rowe due to injury, the likes of Josh Sargent have stepped up admirably, with Sargent boasting an impressive 10 league goals and the highest minutes-per-goal ratio in the league (89).

            As Norwich seek to solidify their playoff credentials, they approach Saturday's fixture with a blend of confidence and determination, mindful of the challenges posed by their opponents.

            In stark contrast, Sunderland find themselves navigating stormy seas in the Championship, languishing in 10th place with 47 points amidst a season fraught with upheaval and uncertainty. The Black Cats' aspirations of promotion have been marred by managerial upheavals, with Tony Mowbray and Michael Beale both relinquishing their roles earlier in the campaign.

            Under interim manager Mike Dodds, Sunderland are hoping to turn a corner in the near future, but things did not get off to a particularly promising start last weekend where they fell to a 1-2 defeat at home to Swansea City. With three consecutive losses highlighting their woes, Sunderland's dreams of playoff contention have dwindled, exacerbated by their struggles on the road, where they have won just one of their last twelve league games.

            Amidst the adversity, winger Jack Clarke has once again been a standout for Sunderland, contributing 15 goals and 4 assists to their cause. However, Clarke's stellar performances serve as bittersweet reminders of his imminent departure, with Premier League suitors poised to secure his services in the upcoming transfer window.

            As Sunderland endeavour to reverse their fortunes, they approach Saturday's fixture with a sense of urgency and determination, attempting to draw inspiration from their earlier 3-1 win against Norwich back in October.

            For our Norwich vs. Sunderland prediction, we're going for a 2-1 win for the home side.

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            Norwich Team News

            Norwich are still missing star man Jonathan Rowe as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury, while Onel Hernández and Shane Duffy are also both on the treatment table.

            If there are any changes to the lineup that drew at Blackburn last time out, Liam Gibbs could come in to potentially add a new dimension in midfield.

            Sunderland Team News

            Sunderland are without Jack Clarke, Patrick Roberts, Aji Alese, Bradley Dack, Niall Huggins, Dennis Cirkin and Corry Evans as the Black Cats contend with what is a lengthy injury list.

            Wholesale changes to last weekend's starting lineup aren't likely, but Luís Semedo and Romaine Mundle will both be hoping to force their way into the starting XI for this one.

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