News – GB – START XIs: Norwich City v Luton Town


Todd Cantwell and Lukas Rupp both start for Norwich City against Luton, with the visitors making five changes to their starting XI

There are two changes for the Canaries: Cantwell and Rupp come for Onel Hernandez and Mario Vrancic, who fall on the bench without Przemek Placheta

England U21 midfielder Cantwell returns after two games with a calf injury. Rupp has played from the bench in the last six games and most recently started the 2-0 defeat in Swansea in February

Attacking midfielder Marco Stiepermann and goalkeeper Orjan Nyland will head to Sheffield on Wednesday next Sunday after playing for the U-23s on Friday

Stiepermann scored three goals and three assists from three games at the U23 level in a 3-1 win at Reading in PL2 on Friday as he continued his way back after two months with an energy-saving virus signing in January Nyland stepped for the first Painted in Norwich colors after he was fully fit again

Full-back Sam Byram is still tentatively working his way back to full training after a year due to two thigh surgeries, and goalkeeper Michael McGovern is hoping to be back in the competition after the season ends after a thigh surgery at the beginning of the season

The Canaries won a sixth game on Wednesday when they defeated title rivals Brentford 1-0 on Carrow Road and were 10 points ahead of their pursuers

Luton defeated Norwich 3-1 twice earlier this season on Kenilworth Road, both times favorable circumstances in the first round of the League Cup in September and the League in December

The Cup defeat was without 18 players as the first round was played during an international break, 13 of which were due to national action, while Luton had only two players away – City was able to score in 81 Minute by Kieran Dowell quickly equalize striker James Collins completed his hat trick

The league game was at the height of the injury crisis in the Canaries Five of the seven Norwich nominated substitutes were academy youths Among the 12 missing players were players like Tim Krul, Kenny McLean, Todd Cantwell and Teemu Pukki

This was one of only three defeats in the last 30 league games for Daniel Farkes’ impressively consistent squad, which comes into play with 12 points ahead of today’s game with 12 games ahead and a play-off spot almost secured

Luton – having struggled to survive after Nathan Jones returned to the club after being suspended last season – midfield security seems 13th place, 12 points from relegation zone but 11 before play-offs to lie

After a plunge in the form of four losses in six games, the Hatters have recovered from a 1-1 draw with Millwall with a 3-2 home win over Sheffield Wednesday and a 1-0 win at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday

They make five changes, with veteran Martin Cranie replacing Jordan Clark as right-back and Irish striker Collins attacking

George Moncur, Luke Berry and Tom Ince move into midfield, Pelly Mpanzu, Harry Cornick, Elijah Adebayo and Glen Rea are out and Rae is not in the squad

Center-backs Tom Lockyer (ankle) and Sonny Bradley (thigh), who skippered the visitors, are both sidelined due to injuries after missing part of the action in February

NORWICH (4-2-3-1): Krul; Aarons, Hanley (C), Gibson, Giannoulis; Skipp, McLean; Buendia, Rupp, Cantwell; Pukki Subs: Barden (GK), Zimmermann, Tettey, Sorensen, Vrancic, Dowell, Hernandez, Idah, Hugill
LUTON (4-3-1-2): Sluga; Cranie, Pearson (C), Naismith, Potts; Desbury Hall, Moncur, Berry, Tunnicliffe; Ince, Collins Subs: Shea (GK), Clark, Bree, Mpanzu, Cornick, Morrell, Adebayo, Hylton, Nombe

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News – GB – START XIs: Norwich City versus Luton Town