Norwich vs Wolves
Venue: Carrow Road
Referee: Simon Hooper
Dean Smith will welcome Bruno Lage and his men to Carrow Road for what promises to be an interesting encounter.
The Canaries will be hoping to take their momentum forward after having won their last two encounters against Brentford and Southampton. New boss, Dean Smith, started off his Norwich career with a 2-1 win against in-form Southampton. Even though this might have had a positive impact on the players, they are still languishing in 19th place, just two points above Newcastle United. Smith will be hoping that his team have turned a corner and he can change the impression of ‘three easy points’ against Norwich which a lot of opponent managers would possess.
Bruno Lage will be extremely happy with his team after they ended West Ham’s winning run with a 1-0 win last weekend. With 3 wins, a draw and a loss in the last five, Wolves seem to have consolidated their position in the top 10 and are currently sitting pretty at 6th place. One small complaint which fans might have is that the Wolves outfit don’t seem to have an exciting style of football. But this could purely be due to the fact that it would take Lage some time to stamp his style of play on his team.
Both teams seem to be coming into this game, hoping for some points. While Lage will be hoping for all three, his counterpart will be expecting his confident team to give them a run for their money. The likes of Pukki, Gilmour and Normann will be pivotal to their attack as they try to break down a solid Wolves defence.
Zimmerman is the only long-term absentee for the home side while Byram and Kabak rebuild fitness and should be unavailable for this encounter.
Cantwell struggled to get going in the last game and could lose his spot to Joshua Sargent. Other than that, all signs point to a similar XI as last time out.
Pedro Neto, Boly, Mosquera and Jonny remain sidelined for the away side with long-term injury issues.
Marcal was back on the bench in their win against the Hammers but Lage is expected to start the same side as last weekend which would mean another benching for Adama Traore.
Predicted Starting XIs
Norwich (4-3-3): Krul; Aarons, Hanley, Gibson, Williams; Gilmour, Normann, McLean; Sargent, Pukki, Rashica
Southampton (3-4-2-1): Sa; Kilman, Coady, Saiss; Semedo, Neves, Moutinho, Ait Nouri; Hwang, Podence; Jimenez
Score Prediction: Norwich 1-2 Wolves
I think this could go either way given recent confidence boosts for each team but Wolves should have enough firepower to get all three points.