Wolves set to catch the Canaries cold
Norwich off the foot of the table
Dean Smith's side are looking to make it three wins on the spin in the Premier League as they play host to an in-from Wolves team who have broken into the league's top six spots. Daniel Farke's final hurrah as Canaries boss gave his former side their first win of the season, a 2-1 win away at fellow newly promoted side Brentford. His imminent sacking paved the way for former Aston Villa manager Dean Smith to take the hot seat. He picked up where the German left off, winning by that same scoreline against Southampton last weekend. This took Norwich off the bottom of the table, taking them to eight points from the opening third of the season. A win on Saturday could take them level on points with Leeds who sit 17th in the league. With a match against Newcastle lined up after this fixture, a win against Wolves would see the Canaries flying sky high with confidence going into a battle at the bottom for both sides desperate for points. There are certainly broader issues for Norwich to address if they are to survive this gruelling Premier League season. The January transfer window with test Dean Smith's shrewdness and how he can recruit top level players on a shoestring budget. For now, picking up points here and there across a tough set of Christmas fixtures is a must. Games away at Tottenham, West Ham and hosting Arsenal and Man United serve up a challenging test of Dean Smith's resolve.
Bruno Lage's barmy army march on
The first month or so of Bruno Lage's reign as Wolves manager certainly looked shaky. Coming into a side who were under the guise of Nuno Espirito Santo for so long was never going to make integrating into this side a quick fix. No points in August followed up by just two losses in nine games meant that Wolves began to climb the table. This has coincided with Raul Jimenez's return to his fine form. Two goals in his last three outings for Wanderers has given Wolves that focal point they've so desperately needed since his major injury back in 2020. Last time out, they beat West Ham 1-0 in a very organised, professional display. They limited a creative, in-form West Ham frontline to a handful of chances, while forcing Hammers goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski into some smart stops and ultimately putting one past the Polish international just before the hour mark. They saw out this performance with Ruben Neves being the standout performer in an impressive team performance.
Bruno Lage's men are on the charge and they are one of the most in from teams in the league right now. I can't see Norwich putting a stop to this, despite their recent upturn in form. That's why I'm going with a Wolves win with bet365.