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27/12/2013 15:00, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Preview: Norwich v United

Date, time and coverage:

Saturday 28 December, 15:00 GMT kick-off. The match will not be televised live in the UK, but you can follow it via ManUtd.com’s rolling blog and MUTV Online’s live radio commentary. 

Form Guide: Manchester United began the festive programme in style by overcoming a two-goal deficit to secure a dramatic 3-2 victory over Hull City on Boxing Day. That triumph was the champions’ fifth consecutive win in all competitions and David Moyes’ men hope to maintain that impressive run against Norwich City at Carrow Road. The Canaries have won just one of their five matches in December and most recently lost to relegation-threatened Fulham on Thursday, a defeat that leaves them in 14th place in the Barclays Premier League table. 

Ins and outs: Antonio Valencia is suspended for this trip to Norfolk after collecting his fifth booking of the season against Hull, while Rafael is doubtful after sustaining a groin injury. Phil Jones is also unavailable due to knee damage, but Michael Carrick could start after making his return from an Achilles problem as a substitute. Meanwhile, Norwich are definitely without Michael Turner (suspended), Anthony Pilkington, Elliot Bennett and Alexander Tettey. Jonny Howson will face a late fitness test on his back.

Betting: Official betting partner bwin have priced Norwich as outsiders at odds of 6.00, with the draw at 4.00 and United at 1.53.  If you’re looking for more value, why not back Shinji Kagawa to recreate last season's hat-trick against the Canaries at odds of 81.00?

The manager: Chris Hughton has forged a solid reputation as a competent manager and the quietly-spoken boss can be pleased with his work at Carrow Road, where he took over in June

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