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EFL preview: Zimmermann praises 'immense' Norwich City support, Ipswich seek fourth straight win

Christoph Zimmermann (left) and Mick McCarthy (right) will both be hoping for wins this weekend. Credit: PA
  • Aston Villa v Norwich City

Norwich City defender Christoph Zimmermann says he's been taken aback by the support of the club's fans after making the move to Carrow Road from Germany this summer.

The 24-year-old has been an ever-present for the Canaries after joining from Borussia Dortmund II and was part of a defence that kept their first clean sheet of the season in the 2-0 victory over QPR in midweek.

Zimmermann posed for photographs and shook hands with supporters following the victory, and he admits playing in front of such big crowds in England is something he's relishing.

The audience was 26,000 and if you compare that to my last season, we were happy to have 3,000!

We shouldn't take it for granted that we have this massive, immense support.

It was (going into the crowd) just some way of saying thank you and showing some appreciation for their support.

It was a night game and there were many children who were supposed to be in bed by that time! Playing in the Championship is a dream come true for me - every game is like a gift.

– Christoph Zimmermann, Norwich City

Zimmermann and his Norwich teammates head to Aston Villa tomorrow where they will be hoping to pick up their first away win of the campaign.

Right-back Ivo Pinto is a big doubt for the game having limped off against QPR, while Jamal Lewis will miss the next four months with a knee injury.

Marco Stiepermann and Marley Watkins could in contention for a starting place if Head Coach Daniel Farke decides to freshen the team up.

Aston Villa v Norwich City, Sky Bet Championship, Saturday 19 August, 3pm

  • Ipswich Town v Brentford
Luke Chambers won't return to action until after the international break. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town will be aiming to continue their perfect start to the season when they welcome Brentford to Portman Road.

Mick McCarthy's side are one of just three teams to boast 100% records having seen off Birmingham City, Barnsley and Millwall so far.

If they are to make it four straight league wins, they'll have to do it without captain Luke Chambers after he was ruled out for a month with a knock he picked up at Millwall, while fellow defenders Tommy Smith and Adam Webster will also be missing.

Midfielder Teddy Bishop is another who is set for a spell on the sidelines, but Bersant Celina, Dean Gerken and Flynn Downes should all be OK.

Ipswich Town v Brentford, Sky Bet Championship, Saturday 19 August, 3pm

  • This weekend's other fixtures
Nathan Jones (left) and John McGreal (right) go head-to-head on Saturday. Credit: PA
  • Charlton Athletic v Northampton Town (League One)
  • MK Dons v Gillingham (League One)
  • Peterborough United v Rotherham United (League One)
  • Southend United v Plymouth Argyle (League One)
  • Crawley Town v Cambridge United (League Two)
  • Luton Town v Colchester United (League Two)
  • Stevenage v Grimsby Town (League Two)