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MATCH PREVIEW: WOLVES v NORWICH CITY

8 August 2014

Look ahead to City's Sky Bet Championship curtain-raiser

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS v NORWICH CITY
Sky Bet Championship
16.00 kick-off
Molineux
Sunday, August 10, 2014

TEAM NEWS
From the pool of City players to have featured regularly through pre-season, only Jonny Howson (knee) has been ruled out of contention by Neil Adams, but there are doubts over the availability of Gary Hooper (calf) while Leroy Fer will not travel as he continues his recovery from the hamstring injury that curtailed his World Cup campaign.

Gary O’Neil is suspended but Alex Tettey (groin) has resumed full training and will be available for selection. Lewis Grabban and Kyle Lafferty are in line to make their full debuts for the Club.

For Wolves, summer recruit Tommy Rowe (toe) will have to wait for his full debut but Kenny Jackett has said that Bakary Sako (groin), Leon Clarke (back) and Jack Price (Achilles) will be fit and available despite the trio’s absence from their final pre-season friendly, also against Celta Vigo, last Saturday. Rajiv van La Parra is set to make his competitive bow.

MOST RECENT COMPETITIVE MEETINGS…
NORWICH CITY 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 24/03/2012 – Premier League
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-2 NORWICH CITY 20/12/2011 – Premier League
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-3 NORWICH CITY 03/02/2009 – Championship
NORWICH CITY 5-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21/10/2008 – Championship
NORWICH CITY 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 29/12/2007 – Championship

WOLVES’ FORM…
D – 1-1 v Celta Vigo (H) 02/08/2014 – Friendly
W – 1-0 v Oxford United (A) 29/07/2014 – Friendly
W – 1-0 v Crewe Alexandra (A) 26/07/2014 – Friendly
D – 2-2 v Peterborough United (A) 22/07/2014 – Friendly
W – 3-1 v Bohemians (A) 16/07/2014 - Friendly

CANARIES’ FORM…
D – 2-2 v Celta Vigo (H) 01/08/2014 – Friendly
W – 5-1 v OGC Nice (H) 28/07/2014 – Friendly
D – 1-1 v SC Bastia (N) 25/07/2014 – Friendly
W – 13-0 v Regional Select XI (N) 20/07/2014 – Friendly
W – 6-1 v Braintree Town (A) 15/07/2014 - Friendly

LAST WOLVES XI (v Celta Vigo)…
Carl Ikeme, Scott Golbourne, Sam Ricketts (c), Lee Evans, Danny Batth, Richard Stearman, James Henry, Kevin McDonald, Nouha Dicko, Michael Jacobs, Rajiv van La Parra.

LAST NORWICH CITY XI (v Celta Vigo)…
John Ruddy; Steven Whittaker, Russell Martin (c), Michael Turner, Martin Olsson, Bradley Johnson, Andrew Surman, Lewis Grabban, Wes Hoolahan, Nathan Redmond, Kyle Lafferty.

SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURES (all games at 15.00 on Saturday unless stated otherwise)…
Blackburn Rovers v Cardiff City (Friday, 19.45)
Brentford v Charlton Athletic
Brighton & Hove Albion v Sheffield Wednesday
Derby County v Rotherham United
Huddersfield Town v Bournemouth
Middlesbrough v Birmingham City
Millwall v Leeds United
Nottingham Forest v Blackpool
Watford v Bolton Wanderers
Wigan Athletic v Reading
Ipswich Town v Fulham (17.15)
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS v NORWICH CITY (Sunday, 16.00)

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