Norwich City v Wolverhampton Wanderers Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Saturday, December 21, 2019


Carrow Road

Punter's Pick

The markets have placed Wolves as the favourites to win this game and we agree. Bet365 have currently priced them at 10/11 for an away victory and given the form of both teams we feel this is generous. The partnership of Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez has continued to blossom this term and the devastating wing play of Adama Traore makes it look as if he will beat his defender every time he gets the ball. Wolves were unlucky to lose to Tottenham last time out and we feel they will have too much for a struggling Norwich side in this one.

Norwich City welcome high-flying Wolves to Carrow Road in desperate need of three points in their quest to avoid relegation. Both teams need the win for their respective ambitions at opposite ends of the table as Wolves are looking to push for a European place as well a mount a push for a surprise Champions League place.

Norwich City have shown glimpses of form this season and manager Daniel Farke will be disappointed that they haven’t managed to take more points from games where they have played well. They come into this game having drawn two and lost two in their last four games. It certainly has been a campaign of fine margins for the Canaries as they held Arsenal to a 2-2 draw at the Emirates and then lost to Southampton and Sheffield United by the odd goal. A spirited performance last time out saw them take a point at Leicester and they were in fact leading through Teemu Pukki until Tim Krul parried the equaliser into his own net. This shows that the team are playing for the manager and are very close in many of their games but the form of Pukki from the Championship hasn’t fully transferred into the Premiership and this has left the team short on goals. His linkup play with Todd Cantwell has been a plus point and they will need to combine throughout the remainder of the season if Norwich are to survive.

Wolverhampton Wanderers are again defying the odds and having an excellent season despite a relatively small squad. Much of the core that drove their success last term have remained and a very long season that started with Europa League games back in late July has not slowed them down. Prior to their 2-1 loss against Tottenham last time out, Wolves were unbeaten in nine games in all competitions, a run which has taken them to within two points of a European place and just five off the fourth Champions League spot. Disappointingly for Nuno Espirito Santo, his side had in fact dominated the game against Spurs but wasted too many chances. This ended in heartbreak when Tottenham achieved the perfect smash and grab with Jan Vertonghen heading in a late winner to break Wolves hearts. Fans will however be buoyed by their performances and progress in the Europa League which could cap off a special season come May.

In team news, Norwich will make a call on star striker Teemu Pukki who injured his toe during the 1-1 draw against Leicester. Grant Hanley could return to the side in place of Ben Godfrey who has been recently pictured wearing a leg brace. Timm Klose and Josip Drmic are definitely out for the Canaries with the duo not expected to make a return before the turn of the year.

Wolves have reported no fresh injury concerns and could start with the same team that performed so well against Tottenham. They remain without Morgan Gibbs-White and Willy Boly who are both long-term absentees.

These two last met in the Championship during the 2017/18 season and Wolves just shaded the honours by winning 2-0 at Carrow Road, with goals from Willy Boly and Leo Bonatini. The second game was an entertaining 2-2 draw and fans will be hoping for more of the same come Saturday.

Punter's Pick

The markets have placed Wolves as the favourites to win this game and we agree. Bet365 have currently priced them at 10/11 for an away victory and given the form of both teams we feel this is generous. The partnership of Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez has continued to blossom this term and the devastating wing play of Adama Traore makes it look as if he will beat his defender every time he gets the ball. Wolves were unlucky to lose to Tottenham last time out and we feel they will have too much for a struggling Norwich side in this one.

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