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Match Previews

Match Preview: Norwich City v Wolverhampton Wanderers

20 December 2019

Norwich City host Wolverhampton Wanderers at Carrow Road for Saturday’s Premier League game (3pm KO).

Our Match Preview includes a tactical analysis of the opposition from a local journalist, a look at the man in the middle, and important information for fans attending the game or following from afar.

The opposition

For this week’s opposition guide, we spoke to Wolves columnist Ryan Leister to discuss their strengths and weaknesses. Here’s what he had to say…

“Spurs rode their luck against Wolves last week, but it was very Jose Mourinho. He built many a title on defending well, sitting back, tucking in, and taking chances on the counter-attack. The way Wolves played against a Champions League finalist made me so proud.

“Tottenham certainly had some dark arts in trying to stop Adama Traore, who was unplayable. Nine times out of ten, Wolves would have won the game comfortably. That performance level was as good as I’d ever seen from Wolves in the Premier League.

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“I’ve been going to watch Wolves since October 1990 and Joao Moutinho is comfortably the best player I’ve ever seen. It’s about getting the basics right. He makes the correct decision every single time, but when there’s an opportunity for a flair moment he can do that as well.

“When teams tuck in against them, that’s when Wolves find it hardest because they’re a counter-attacking side. I’m expecting Norwich to press high, which suits Wolves best.

“Wolves have evolved, because whereas it used to be about very short, sharp triangles, now they’re not afraid to hit a diagonal ball into Raul Jimenez’s feet and feed off him to cut out the midfield.

“If Norwich tuck in, it might be tough, but I don’t expect them to do that. I expect them to be charging up the pitch with Teemu Pukki trying to press our centre-backs."

Head-to-head

In the 59 meetings between the two sides since 1965, Norwich have come out on top in 13, drawn 16, and lost 30 of those matches.

Recent history is more favourable, however, with the Canaries having won five, drawn four and lost just two of the last 11 matches.

Last time out, Nelson Oliveira equalised in stoppage time to secure a 2-2 draw at the Molineux Stadium in February 2018, after Christoph Zimmermann had pulled one back in the first half.

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Ref watch

Peter Bankes will oversee the fixture and be assisted by Daniel Cook and Marc Perry. James Linington will be the fourth official. On VAR duties this week are Jonathon Moss and Peter Kirkup.

Bankes has overseen 12 games this season – four in the Premier League, seven in the Championship, and one in the Carabao Cup, handing out 53 yellow cards and one red card across those fixtures.

His last Norwich match was our Championship finale at Villa Park, when a 2-1 win saw us lift the league title.

Info for home and away supporters

Soul Church Norwich will be singing on the pitch ahead of kick-off, with Community Hero and Soul Church volunteeer Vanessa Thomson collecting donations for their project on tackling food poverty.

Vanessa’s volunteering efforts means she makes the shuttleruns between food outlets and families seven days a week, and on Saturday she'll be outisde the club shop at 2.30pm and going around the ground via the Wensum Corner.

We have a guide for all supporters heading to Carrow Road. It has lots of information about getting to Carrow Road, prohibited items, stadium opening times and much more. Click here to view it.

Away fans now have a dedicated venue to attend prior to the match kicking off. The Waterfront, situated on King Street, has a beer garden with a licensed bar offering a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and food vendors.

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Please note that the majority of kiosks in the stadium this season have contactless-only tills. In the away end, the left-hand lanes of kiosks are contactless-only.

How to follow

For Saturday’s #NR1Live, Darren Eadie will be joined in the studio by talkSPORT presenter Jake Watson and Head of Academy Sports Science, Jay Eastoe-Smith. The show starts at 2.30pm and fans can subscribe here.

We will be running regular updates on our Twitter account, including reaction after the final whistle.

There will also be a minute-by-minute live match blog on canaries.co.uk and you can also receive updates on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

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Match Reports

City beaten by second-half Wolves comeback

21 December 2019

Norwich City were hit by a second-half comeback to lose 2-1 at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Carrow Road.

The Canaries dominated the first-half and deservedly went into the break ahead - Todd Cantwell firing home on 18 minutes after a Kenny McLean cross wasn't cleared by the Wolves defence.

However, Wolves responded in the second-half on the hour mark through Romain Saiss and Raul Jimenez to take the points.

Daniel Farke was forced into one change from his team which drew with Leicester City last weekend. With Ben Godfrey ruled out until February with a knee ligament injury, club captain Grant Hanley made his first appearances for the Canaries since the defeat to Chelsea on August 24.

City almost had the lead inside six minutes. Emi Buendia did brilliantly to wriggle free of challenges and set McLean away but the Scot’s low left-footed strike was palmed away by a full-stretch Rui Patricio. Shortly after, Teemu Pukki was played in by Buendia but he fired straight into Patricio’s grasps.

It was an assertive start by the Canaries and they thought they had finally seized the advantage on 14 minutes when Alex Tettey long range effort cannoned off the post and rolled across the goalline. Somehow, the ball stayed out and the scores remained level.

But the Canaries didn’t have to wait much longer for their rewards. McLean raced clear down the left after being freed by Cantwell and he crossed low into the area. Wolves failed to deal with the delivery and that allowed Cantwell to smash home the loose ball and put City ahead.

City were buoyant and it should have been two on 25 minutes. Buendia played a trademark ball through to Pukki who bended his run and surged towards goal. However, the Finn uncharacteristically fluffed his lines from close range.

After a slow start from the visitors, they began to enjoy more possession and territory as the half wore on but they struggled to create anything of note. Jimenez had the best of their efforts on the half hour mark but he shot straight at Tim Krul from the edge of the area.

City regained the ascendancy as the game approached half-time and the familiar Buendia-Pukki combination almost paid dividends again but City’s top scorer failed to find the net, his low strike comfortably saved by Patricio.

Wolves began the second-half on the frontfoot and looked hungry in their search for an equaliser. That being said, they were finding chances to test Krul few and far between.

Instead, it was the hosts who went closest to adding to the scoreline with Buendia letting fly from distance and seeing his effort just graze the crossbar.

However, on the hour mark Wolves got their reponse. A deep cross to the back post by Joao Moutinho was nodded in by an unmarked Saiss.

The goal seemed to kick Wolves into gear and their press was forcing City deeper and deeper into their own half. Jimenez dispossed Hanley on 70 minutes but was wasteful with his chance from just inside the area.

After a long delay with referee Peter Bankes repairing a broken headset, Wolves took the lead on . Krul expertly saved Matt Doherty's close range strike but he could do nothing about Jimenez's finish.

Farke made a triple substitution with five minutes to play with Mario Vrancic, Onel Hernandez and Dennis Srbeny in the aim of turning the game in City's favour once more.

Pukki had City's best chance to level when his low drive was smartly saved by Patricio but Wolves held on for all three points.

Norwich City: Krul, Aarons, Byram, Hanley (c), Zimmermann, Cantwell (Srbeny, 85), Buendia, Trybull (Vrancic, 85), Pukki, McLean, Tettey (Hernandez, 85)
Subs not used: Fährmann, Lewis, Stiepermann, Amadou
Goals: Cantwell (17)
Bookings: Byram (53)

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Patricio, Doherty, Neves, Jimenez (Cutrone, 90+4), Coady, Jota (Neto, 77), Jonny, Saiss, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Traore
Subs not used: Ruddy, Vallejo, Bennett, Vinagre, Kilman
Goals: Saiss (60), Jimenez (81)
Bookings: Saiss (57), Moutinho (70), Doherty (90+6)

HT: 1-0
Attendance: 27,053 (2,402 visiting)
Referee: Peter Bankes
Kick off time: 3pm
Venue: Carrow Road

Today’s Golden Goal times were:

1st Goal: 16:32
2nd Goal: 59:52
3rd Goal: 80:27

Lucky Number 0609

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Ticket News

Ticket News: Norwich City v Wolves

19 November 2019

Tickets for Norwich City's home game against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Carrow Road will go on sale from Monday, November 25.

The match will kick-off at 3pm on Saturday, December 21.

Tickets will be available to purchase from 9am on each of the following windows:

Home Premier Members - Monday, November 25
Home Standard Members - Tuesday, November 26
Season Ticket Holders - Wednesday, November 27
General Sale - Thursday, November 28

Tickets are priced at:

Adult £30
65+ £25
Under-18s £20
Under-12s £15

Tickets can be purchased ONLINE, by phone on 01603 721902 (option one), at the Carrow Road ticket office or from our store in Chapelfield.

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