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Norwich head coach ready for James Maddison threat at Leicester

Leicester City's James Maddison, who faces former club Norwich on Saturday. Credit: PA

Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke says he's not surprised that former player James Maddison has developed into one of Leicester City's key men as they chase Premier League leaders Liverpool for the title.

The 23 year old, who left Carrow Road for the King Power Stadium two seasons ago, has gone on to earn full international call-ups with England.

On Saturday (December 14) he comes up against his former colleagues for the first time since leaving Norwich in June 2018.

Farke says it'll be great to come face to face with Maddison again but wants to make his afternoon as difficult as possible, as Norwich seek valuable points in their relegation battle

And while he believes Maddison is improving week by week under Brendan Rogers, Farke says he's come a long way since first working with him.

"I can remember when we first arrived here, he was still like a kid.

"We had to build him up in physical terms as well as in his positioning and his tactical sense of the game.

"But although he was young he was greedy to improve each and every day. He's a confident lad but finds the right balance between being confident.

"You have to be confident to be able to play in a key role, but also have to be unbelievably greedy and self critical in order to improve."

– Daniel Farke, Norwich City Head Coach
Norwich head Coach Daniel Farke is mindful of James Maddison's development since leaving Carrow Road Credit: PA

Norwich City Head Coach Daniel Farke speaks about Leicester City's James Maddison

In the Sky Bet EFL, Luton Town look to avoid a seventh straight Championship defeat on the road.

They haven't won away from Kenilworth Road since beating Blackburn in late September. The Hatters visit Preston.

Ipswich Town look to put their midweek FA Cup exit behind them when they resume their League One promotion campaign.

The Blues - second in the table - host Bristol Rovers and will start four points behind leaders Wycombe.

Southend led Bristol Rovers 2-0 at half time last Saturday before collapsing to a 4-2 defeat. Manager Sol Campbell will demand a response from his players at home to Rotherham.

While Peterborough host Bolton it's the return of former manager Karl Robinson to MK Dons with current club Oxford.

Northampton Town manager Keith Curle Credit: PA

Northampton host Forest Green Rovers, with Keith Curle missing out on the League Two Manager of the Month award for November to Swindon boss Richie Wellens.

Curle's team went through the month unbeaten, with two wins and a draw in the league.

He also steered the Cobblers to the Third Round of the FA Cup for only the second time in 14 years.

Colchester United visit Scunthorpe before next week's Carabao Cup Quarter Final clash at Premier League giants Manchester United.

The region's EFL fixtures this weekend

CHAMPIONSHIP

Preston North End v LUTON TOWN

LEAGUE ONE

IPSWICH TOWN v Bristol Rovers

MK DONS v Oxford United

PETERBOROUGH UNITED v Bolton Wanderers

SOUTHEND UNITED v Rotherham United

LEAGUE TWO

Cheltenham Town v CAMBRIDGE UNITED

Newport County v STEVENAGE

NORTHAMPTON TOWN v Forest Green Rovers

Scunthorpe United v COLCHESTER UNITED