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In Focus: Wolves

20 February 2018

Norwich City travel to the West Midlands on Wednesday, February 21 (7:45pm) to face Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Sky Bet Championship.

Here, we take a look at what Daniel Farke's side will come up against when they make the trip to Molineux.

Key Players
Significant off-season recruitment gave Wolves the tools required to launch a bid for promotion, and they have largely fulfilled that potential by taking a stranglehold on the Sky Bet Championship.

Diogo Jota and Leo Bonatani - who both joined on initial loan deals in the summer - lead the way, with 25 goals between them so far.

The pair have received consistently impressive service, with Ivan Cavaleiro providing ten assists while set-piece specialist Barry Douglas has nine to his name.

Their midfield boasts an array of talent, none more notable than former Porto captain Ruben Neves who made the switch to England for a fee believed to be in the region of £16m back in July.

Defensively, former City goalkeeper John Ruddy has kept 17 clean sheets in 32 outings, exemplifying the qualities Wolves have across all areas of the pitch.

Form Guide
The runaway league leaders show no sign of letting up, having taken ten points from their last five games to extend their tally to 72 for the season.

Their most recent defeat came in the first of those five on Saturday, January 20 when they went down to a surprise 2-0 reverse at home to Nottingham Forest.

Prior to that, Wolves had gone unbeaten since a 2-1 loss at QPR in late October, with little indication either result was anything other than a one-off blip.

They were held to a 1-1 draw at Preston North End in their last outing, coming from a goal behind after the hosts saw John Welsh dismissed for two bookable offences.

Previous Meeting
The two sides first faced each other back in October, with Wolves earning a 2-0 win over City at Carrow Road.

Daniel Farke's side had their chances early on, striking the post through Marley Watkins ahead of visiting defender Willy Boly turning in a Barry Douglas corner on 18 minutes.

They sealed victory in the second period when Leo Bonatini extended his prolific run of form by notching his sixth goal in five appearances.

The result ensured Wolves remained top of the Sky Bet Championship pile, while it left Norwich in ninth place after 15 games.

Squad List
Goalkeepers: Carl Ikeme, John Ruddy, Will Norris.

Defenders: Matt Doherty, Danny Batth, Conor Coady, Kortney Hause, Ryan Bennett, Roderick Miranda, Phil Ofosu-Ayeh, Barry Douglas, Willy Boly, Ruben Vinagre.

Midfielders: Romain Saiss, Ben Marshall, Ruben Neves, Alfred N'Diaye, Mogan Gibbs-White.

Forwards: Helder Costa, Bright Enobakhare, Ivan Cavaleiro, Diogo Jota, Leo Bonatini, Rafa Mir, Benik Afobe.

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