Norwich v Stoke
Sunday, 21 August: 13:30
Barclays Premier League
Stoke City now have their two new English centre back signings Matthew Upson and Jonathan Woodgate fully fit and ready to play.
Rory Delap is out of action with a hamstring injury, but Jermain Pennant and Asmir Begovic will be available after Pulis rested some of his more precious players during Stoke’s Europa league first leg fixture against FC Thun.
Norwich ready to get physical
Norwich manager Paul Lambert is full of respect for his hardy opponents, as the manager looks forward to this weekend’s home game against Stoke City.
The Potters are progressing well in the Europa League and held Barclays Premier League title contenders Chelsea to a 0-0 draw at the Britannia Stadium last weekend with a gritty performance.
But unlike critics of Tony Pulis' side, Lambert believes that the physical aspect to Stoke’s game is fair play.
He said: “Every game is hard for different reasons.
“It’s a really tough game for us, a real physical game and you make no apologies for it. There’s nothing set in stone saying you have to play a certain way and Stoke have done that more times than not.
“I thought they were excellent for about an hour against one of the favourites to win [the Barclays Premier League] Chelsea, so they’ve done great, and they got a terrific one last night.”
Out of 13 previous fixtures between the two sides, 12 were home wins, and Lambert is looking for the Norwich fans to lift his team in what should be a grueling game at Carrow Road.
“It will be a massive help for us,” Lambert said of the home support.
“It’s not going to go our way at every opportunity. We have to hope the fans stay with us.
“You have to stick together no matter what. If we do that then hopefully we’ll be OK.”