Norwich City-Wolverhampton Preview
Wolves head coach Bruno Lage urged his side to "end the season with the right image" as they prepare to host Premier League strugglers Norwich City on Sunday.
Lage's side have not won in their last five league games, dating back to a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa on April 2. The most recent defeat came against soon to be champions Manchester City in a 5-1 hammering, and Lage implored Wolves to finish the season in strong fashion.
"Since the end of February, we have not been happy with what we have done," he said. "We need to end the season with the right image that we have had throughout the season."
Lage also expects numerous additions in the next transfer window.
"It will be a busy period but everyone wants the best for the club. Some players will go, for sure, and if we want to continue at this level we need to rebuild a strong team. We have more than one solution for each position."
Meanwhile, already relegated Norwich were hammered 4-0 at home to West Ham last time out, and manager Dean Smith expects a tricky challenge against Wolves next game.
"We've played them twice and played well twice," he said. "That's what we have to take into this game. The players know that, although I will remind them as well.
"They've not been the biggest goal scorers in the top half of the table, so probably believe that they need to score more goals to be competitive enough to get into the top four or top six. Tactically, they're spot on. Bruno's a really good coach. I've had three good games against him already this season and I'm looking forward to the fourth."
Wolves – Pedro Neto
Long struggling with injuries, Neto returned in encouraging fashion against City, making a team-leading three key passes despite Wolves suffering a thrashing.
Norwich City – Tim Krul
As it stands, Norwich's goal difference of -56 is the third worst in Premier League history, after only Derby in 2007-08 (-69) and Ipswich Town in 1994-95 (-57). Krul will be tasked with protecting the Canaries from an unwanted low point.
- Wolves lost their final home league game last season, doing down 2-1 against Manchester United. They've not done so in consecutive campaigns since a run of three between 1996-97 and 1998-99.
- Norwich have won just one of their last 20 Premier League games on a Sunday, beating Burnley 2-0 last month (D4 L15). Away from home, the Canaries are winless in their last 10 top-flight Sunday games (D2 L8), losing the last six by an aggregate score of 22-3.
- Of all teams to have played at least 20 Premier League games on a Sunday, only QPR (13%) have a lower win rate than Norwich (16%), who have won just seven of their 45 such matches.
- Wolves have lost nine Premier League home games this season – only twice in their previous 66 top-flight campaigns have they lost more at home (13 in 2011-12, 11 in 1964-65).
- Norwich have conceded a league-high 78 Premier League goals this season, which is also their highest tally in a single top-flight campaign. They last conceded as many as 80 goals in a league campaign in the second tier in 1963-64 (80).
Updated May 13, 2022