Norwich City Vs Wolverhampton Wanderers: Predicted Line-ups
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates his goal with team mates during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Norwich City at Molineux on February 23, 2020 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Wolverhampton Wanderers will look to close the gap on the Champions League qualification places when they travel to 19th placed Norwich City on Saturday.

Under new boss Bruno Lage, Wolves have impressed, after 12 games sitting sixth, only four points adrift of the top four.

This has largely been down to accumulating five wins out of the last seven games which has helped them earn 16 points from 21 available - the joint-most amount of points earned in that period alongside Chelsea and Manchester City.

They go to a Canaries side who find themselves in the relegation zone, but after two successive wins, they are only three points away from safety.

Newly-appointed boss Dean Smith in his first game in charge of the club managed to secure an impressive 2-1 win at home to Southampton.

The 50-year old will be looking to continue his good start at the club as Norwich are hunting for a third consecutive Premier League win for the first time since December 2012.

Norwich City

In terms of absentees for the hosts, Christoph Zimmerman remains out with a hamstring injury along with full-back Sam Byram who is slowly being eased back into the fold after a long spell on the sidelines.

Former Liverpool man Ozan Kabak, who has missed the last two games through illness, is still a doubt.

However, in good news, Kieran Dowell returned to training on Thursday following his recovery from an ankle injury meaning that he will available for the weekend's clash.

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Asides from that, it is likely that Smith will field a similar team to last weekend’s triumph with Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour returning to the fold in what was only his fifth league game of the season.

Todd Cantwell also was one that came back into the team last time out, with him not having featured since September but he was hauled off at half-time meaning that his spot against the Wanderers could be in doubt as Joshua Sergent could come in as his replacement.

Predicted lineup

Krul, Aarons, Hanley, Gibson, Williams, Gilmour, Normann, McLean, Rashica, Sergent, Pukki

Wolverhampton Wanderers

For Wolves, Pedro Neto, Jonny Castro and Yerson Mosquera remain out with long term injuries and centre back Willy Boly won’t feature in this after sustaining a muscular issue.

Marcal was fit enough to make a return to the bench in their victory at home to high flying West Ham United last weekend, but after their impressive showing, Lage is likely to stick with Rayan Ait-Nouri at left wing-back.

This is likely to mean that Adama Traore will have to settle for a spot as a substitute again with it appearing that Daniel Podence will remain in the side - especially after setting up the eventual winger slotted home by Raul Jimenez.

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That 58th-minute strike was Jimenez’s third of the season in the league after goals against Southampton and Everton and he is seeming to have settled back in the side after recovering from his long term injury which is a massive positive for Wolves fans.

Lage has stuck with the same three personnel of Conor Coady, Max Kilman and Romain Saiss as his defensive line for most of this season so far and it is clearly a defensive unit that he puts trust in, surely providing fans with confidence and belief ahead of the visit to Carrow Road.

Predicted lineup:

Sa, Kilman, Coady, Saiss, Semedo, Ait-Nouri, Neves, Moutinho, Podence, Hee Chan, Jimenez

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