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Three To Watch: Norwich City (H)

Ahead of Reading’s clash with Norwich, Jack Simpson takes a look at three Canaries’ players to keep an eye on

Norwich City v Brighton & Hove Albion - Pre Season Friendly Photo by Harry Hubbard/Getty Images

Christoph Zimmermann

The German defender is the new signing at Carrow Road having completed a move from Borussia Dortmund II in the summer transfer window. Playing at centre-back, Zimmermann has become one of the first names on manager David Farke’s team-sheet having played in all of Norwich’s league games this season.

The defender has so far managed to average 1.4 tackles per game and one interception per game, which shows that he is quite capable of adapting to playing in the English game. It could therefore be another frustrating day for Reading’s creative players, due to Zimmermann’s ability at being at able to spot the danger.

Lastly, Zimmermann has been part of a Norwich defence that has kept five clean sheets in the Canaries’ last five Championship games and have not conceded a goal since the end of August. The 25 year old could hold the key in deciding which team comes out on top.

Norwich City v Brighton & Hove Albion - Pre Season Friendly Photo by Harry Hubbard/Getty Images

Marley Watkins

The 26 year-old also joined Norwich in the summer, this time from fellow Championship side Barnsley. Playing across the front three, Watkins has made a decent start to his Norwich career with two goals in nine appearances in all competitions.

He is a decent passer of the ball. For example in the last campaign. Watkins managed to average 22 passes per game with a pass completion rate of 73%, which shows he is quite capable of keeping possession and the ball at his feet.

Furthermore, during the last campaign Watkins had a shooting accuracy of 61% with 28 out of his 46 shots being on target. As a result this led to the former Barnsley man scoring 10 goals in his final season at Oakwell.

Therefore, the likes of Tyler Blackett will need to man-mark Watkins properly and stop him from unleashing efforts on the Reading goal.

Nelson Oliveria

Nelson Oliveria should be a familiar name to Reading fans, with the striker being heavily linked with a move to RG2 in the summer. In the past the former Benfica man has caused a number of problems for Reading having scored four goals in his last three appearances against the Royals.

Oliveria is very much an all-rounder who can cause problems for any side if given the time and space with his movement and his superb ability at holding play up.

The Portugesse international has so far managed to average 2.3 shots per game, which is way more than what Sone Aluko and Jón Dadi Bödvarsson have so far managed to average in this current campaign.

With four goals in his eight appearances this season, the likes of Liam Moore and Paul McShane will have a tough battle on their hands if they are keep this talented forward quiet.

However, last season Oliveria only managed to win 35% of his duels, which should hopefully mean that Moore and McShane will have the advantage when it comes to the aerial battles.