Charlton, who famously lifted the the FA Cup in 1947, have been impressive in this season’s tournament thus far, comfortably dispatching Havant & Waterlooville and Gateshead, scoring six times and conceding zero, and they will now be looking to navigate their way into round four at the expense of Norwich.
The Addicks will enter this weekend’s match off the back of a 1-0 victory over MK Dons in the EFL Trophy, but they lost their last league fixture at home to Wycombe Wanderers on New Year’s Day.
Johnnie Jackson’s side are currently 13th in the League One table, boasting 29 points from 24 matches, which has left them 14 points off the playoffs, so it will be very difficult for them to challenge for a return to the Championship for the 2022-23 campaign.
Not since 2006-07 have Charlton played Premier League football, and they are now a long way from the top level but will be keen to prove that they can still compete with top-tier sides on a one-off basis when Norwich visit the Valley this weekend.
The Addicks last locked horns with the Canaries in August 2017, suffering a 4-1 loss at Carrow Road, while they have not beaten Norwich at home in any competition since May 2009.
Norwich, meanwhile, are currently battling for their lives in the Premier League, sitting rock bottom of the division, having picked up just 10 points from their opening 19 matches.
The Canaries have lost their last five league games during a difficult run but have not actually been in action since suffering a 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace on December 28, as their contest with Leicester City, scheduled for New Year’s Day, was postponed following a COVID-19 outbreak in the Norwich squad.
Dean Smith’s side will not view the FA Cup as a priority this season, but a win on Sunday could act as a springboard, particularly ahead of a tough trip to West Ham United on January 12.
Norwich beat Coventry City 2-0 in the third round of last season’s FA Cup before losing at Barnsley, and it is difficult to imagine them making a serious impression in the 2021-22 tournament.
The Canaries also lost to Charlton when the two teams last locked horns in this competition, which came in the third round back in January 2009