Mario Vrancic and Alex Tettey both start in Barnsley on the last day of the season for Norwich City
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Norwich City end their season in Barnsley at lunchtime (kick-off at 12.30 p.m.), followed by the Canaries who take the championship title in Oakwell.
Alex Tettey and Mario Vrancic start their final appearances for the Complete the club. They replace Oliver Skipp and Kieran Dowell in midfield – City makes four changes and Barnsley three.
Dowell falls on the bench next to Xavi Quintilla. Dimitris Giannouls returns as a left-back after a three-game suspension, and Jordan Hugill replaces the injured Teemu Pukki at the front.
There is little more than pride in the game as City are already champions and the hosts have a play-off Position is assured.
The Tykes are sixth and tied with Bournemouth. So you are on track to face Brentford, who is already third in the play-offs.
However, if Bournemouth can’t beat midfielder Stoke at home, Barnsley could climb the cherries and instead face fourth-placed Swansea in the semi-finals.
Valerien Ismael’s side will continue to want momentum after losing just three of their last 20 games, the last of which was 2-0 in Preston last Saturday.
Norwich is on its way to the Premier League with a record of 96 points, but head coach Daniel Farke said he wanted to “finish in style” with three straight wins and 99 points.
The title winners are without the 26-goal top scorer Pukki, who pinched the ligaments in his right ankle in the 4-1 home win against Reading last Saturday.
The defensive midfielder Skipp suffered an ankle bone in this win s broken and has already been operated on. According to parent club Tottenham, this means a return to preseason action.
Both will be in South Yorkshire, however, as the entire City squad will travel to the trophy celebrations after the final whistle.
Ben Gibson (Knuckles) , Christoph Zimmermann, Lukas Rupp and Sam Byram (all hamstrings) hope to return before the preseason, but Greek left-back Dimitris Giannoulis is expected to return from a three-game ban.
The game is also a farewell for long-time midfielders Tettey and Vrancic, who will not receive any new contracts. Quintilla will also return to Villarreal after completing his loan.
For Tettey it is only a fifth start of the season in the league, but his 263rd appearance, which puts him with John Polston at number 32 on the club list of all time. </ CIty beat Barnsley 1-0 on Carrow Road in early January thanks to a brilliant Emi Buendia striker, but lost 1-0 later that month in the fourth round of the FA Cup at Oakwell.
Three influential ones Players are left out by Barnsley, including captain and member of the championship team of the season, Alex Mowatt, with minor injury concerns, as well as defender Michael Sollbauer and striker Daryl Dike.
The hosts welcome attacking midfielder Dominik Frieser after two games with a thigh problem back and Liam Kitching could finally make his debut. The center-back has suffered a groin injury since moving from Forest Green in January.
Midfielder Herbie Kane, who has been out with an ankle injury since March, is back in training but not yet ready to return. Left-back Ben Williams has missed the entire season with a serious knee injury.
Norwich Academy’s product Carlton Morris is making his sixth start for Barnsley but has scored seven goals in 22 championship games for £ 250,000 since joining in January before his contract in the Canary Islands expired.
The 25-year-old was one of the winners of the 2013 FA Youth Cup in City, but was only allowed to make one senior appearance and was loaned to MK Dons in the first half of the season.
BARNSLEY (3-4-3): Collins; Mond, Andersen, Helik; Brittain, Palmer, Sibbick, Styles; Woodrow (C), Morris, Chaplin. Subs: Walton (GK), Williams, Kitching, Deich, Oduor, Halme, Sollbauer, Frieser, Adeboyejo
NORWICH (4-2-3-1): Krul; Aarons, Omobamidele, Hanley (C), Giannouluis; Tettey, McLean; Buendia, Vrancic, Cantwell; Hugill. Subs: Nyland (GK), Mumba, Quintilla, Sorensen, Stiepermann, Dowell, Placheta, Hernandez, Idah
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