Emiliano Buendia of Norwich celebrates his team’s first goal during the Sky Bet Championship game in Deepdale
– Photo credit: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Ltd

The final stages of the championship season began this afternoon in Preston for front runners Norwich City

The Canaries came into play under strange circumstances The central defenders Ben Gibson and Christoph Zimmermann were injured, followed by seven regular starters from Daniel Farke, who were in international action less than 48 hours before the game

City starts the game in Deepdale in a very strong position in the promotion race with eight games, eight points ahead of Watford and 14 ahead of third-placed Swansea

This is thanks to an excellent run of nine wins and a draw in the ten games before the international break, which earned 83 points and was close to an immediate return to the Premier League

One element of the international action that at least went according to plan was the brilliant form of 22-goal top scorer Teemu Pukki, who scored three goals in two World Cup qualifiers before entering the closing stages of a friendly in Switzerland Wednesday

The Finn, who turns 31 on Monday Celebrated his birthday, has scored 14 goals in his last 13 games for club and country

– You can follow all of Preston’s updates, analysis and reactions on our Matchday Live blog above

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry is facing trial periods, so we ask for your support. Any contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that will make a measurable difference for our community

Norwich City

World News – GB – MATCHDAY LIVE: Preston 1 Norwich City 1

Source: https://www.pinkun.com/sport/norwich-city/matchday-live-preston-v-norwich-city-7869322