Date: 14th August 2007 at 6:58pm
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Barnet face a very difficult tie in the form of the Championship’s promotion hopefuls Norwich. Manager Peter Grant promised have a strong side waiting for the Bees this evening to avoid an embarrassing first round exit, like they did to the Bees ten years ago, and more recently Port Vale last season.

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Norwich City Team News:

Darren Huckerby misses out with a groin injury but David Strihuvka and Jamie Cureton could get first starts of the season.

Player to watch: Jamie Cureton – Striker

Scored against the Bees last season when he was with Plymouth and will be the thorn in Barnet’s defence tonight.

Barnet Team News:

Ismail Yakubu starts his long spell on the sidelines, facing at least four weeks out of action with a groin injury which he sustained in training yesterday.

Sagi Burton will take over the armband whilst James Cole will be given his debut alongside him. Apart from that, Paul Fairclough is expected to make no changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Morecambe on Saturday, although Max Porter, Stephane Seanla and Liam Hatch should all come off the bench for a run-out in the second-half.

Rob Beckwith could make his debut for the Bees in goal.

Likely Lineup (4-4-2):

GK: Harrison

RB: Devera
CB: Burton (c)
CB: Cole
LB: Nicolau

RM: Carew
CM: Leary
CM: Bishop
LM: Puncheon

ST: Thomas
ST: Birchall

Subs: Beckwith, Hendon, Seanla, Porter, Hatch

Player to watch: James Cole – Centre-Back

Faces a tough challenge for his professional debut and will be hoping to make a similar impact as Joe Devera did last season, and thus claiming his place at the back for the coming games during Yakubu’s injury.

Match Facts & Stats

Match Prediction:

Norwich 3 – 1 Barnet

The Championship side to show their class over the Bees.

Next Fixtures:

vs. Hereford United (home)