Wolves host Norwich City at Molineux in a Premier League fixture on Sunday afternoon.


Building on their stunning return to the top flight last season, Nuno Espírito Santo's side are sitting pretty in eighth place as things stand, just five points off the top four.


Visitors ​Norwich have endured a tougher season so far. They currently prop up the Premier League table, and haven't won in the league for over a month, since a narrow home victory over fellow strugglers ​Bournemouth.

Here we are then – a preview of this ​Premier League clash.


Where to Watch


When Is Kick Off?Sunday 23 February
What Time Is Kick Off?14:00 (GMT)
Where Is it Played?Molineux Stadium
TV Channel/Live Stream?Highlights: BBC Match of the Day 2 (22:30, GMT)
Referee?Chris Kavanagh


Wolves Team News


Having picked up no injuries from their emphatic Europa League win over Spanish side Espanyol on Thursday, there is a good chance Wolves may go unchanged from the XI that earned a goalless draw with Leicester City last weekend.

Although there is a slim chance he may return, Portuguese wing-back Rúben Vinagre is likely to remain sidelined with the hamstring injury he picked up against Manchester United last month.

Norwich Team News

Daniel Farke finds himself with a few more issues to contend with. 

Defender Sam Byram sustained a significant hamstring injury in the marginal defeat to league leaders Liverpool last weekend, and his season is almost certainly over as he'll now have surgery.

German centre-back Christoph Zimmermann is doubtful too, because of an admittedly less severe hamstring problem, while winger Onel Hernández will be considered as he makes his way back from a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to a knee injury.

Predicted Lineups


WolvesRui Patrício; Boly, Coady, Saïss; Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Jonny, Neto; Jota, Jiménez
Norwich CityKrul; Aarons, Godfrey, Hanley, Lewis; Tettey, McLean, Rupp, Duda, Cantwell; Pukki


Head to Head Record


The two sides have met a total of 60 times, but only on three occasions in top flight during the ​Premier League era. Wolves' record is a much better one, having won 31 of these encounters, including 2-1 at Carrow Road in December.

If breakout star Todd Cantwell, who scored Norwich's goal in the reverse fixture, can get his side firing on all cylinders to snatch the win, the Canaries will have beaten Wolves for the 14th time - the first since 2017.


Recent Form


Wolves have been on slightly stuttering form in recent Premier League outings. That said, their last five league games have seen them play ​Liverpool and ​Manchester United. Still, Nuno Espírito Santo would have hoped to face the Premier League's bottom side on better form than just six points from a possible 15.


Unfortunately, Norwich's recent record has read as expected for a side peering quite a few points up at ​Watford in 19th place.


​Newcastle and Bournemouth have both been irritated by Norwich's persistent plugging away though, and victory at Premier League ​Burnley in the FA Cup fourth round last month offered the yellow-and-green faithful a real reason to celebrate.

Romain Saiss

Interestingly, despite taking up vastly different positions in the Premier League table, neither Wolves nor Norwich have been high scorers in the league so far this season. Both sides have struck three on a single match day only twice.


Here's how each side have fared in their last five league games:

WolvesNorwich City
Wolves 0-0 Leicester City (14/02)Norwich City 0-1 Liverpool (15/02)
Manchester United 0-0 Wolves (01/02)Newcastle 0-0 Norwich City (01/02)
Wolves 1-2 Liverpool (23/01)Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Norwich City (22/01)
Southampton 2-3 Wolves (18/01)Norwich City 1-0 Bournemouth (18/01)
Wolves 1-1 Newcastle United (11/01)Manchester United 4-0 Norwich City (11/01)


Prediction


The hosts have fallen a tad dry in recent games. Barring some lively cameos from Adama Traoré, they've been a little flat. 

Norwich have been consistently promising all season, but that promise is rarely converted into clinical finishing in the final third.

However, you can't overlook the unpredictability of Wolves' Portuguese playmakers here. Neves and Jota are match-winners, and they'll win this match for the men in orange.

Prediction: Wolves 2-0 Norwich City