Norwich City-Wolverhampton Preview
Whilst Wolverhampton continue to shine in Europa League play, they might want to start finding ways to win some matches within the Premier League.
Perhaps a visit from last-place Norwich City will help that cause.
Wolves aim to avoid a fourth straight top-flight match without a victory when they look to do the double over Norwich on Sunday.
Wolverhampton (8-12-6) should be feeling good about their chances of advancing to the round of 16 in the Europa League following Thursday's 4-0 first-leg rout of Espanyol. Whilst Wolves now have 11 wins in Europa play this season, they won't look too far ahead to potential glory in the second-tier Europe tournament.
"The next game for us is Norwich, and we focus on the present because that'll decide what happens in the future," defender Conor Coady told Wolverhampton's official website. "It's important we keep the mentality because it's worked for us and we've got to keep moving forward.
"Everybody's pulling in the right direction. It makes us tough to play against, and it's what we need."
Though Wolves enter this weekend of Premier League matches in the top-half of the table, they are amidst a pedestrian 1-3-3 stretch within the top-flight. Their last two matches resulted in scoreless draws with Manchester United and Leicester City, and their lone league victory in 2020 came 3-1 at Southampton on Jan. 18 - the only time over the last seven such games that they've scored more than one goal.
They managed only goals by Romain Saiss and Raul Jimenez to rally from 1-0 down and beat Norwich 2-1 at Carrow Road on Dec. 21. Dioga Jota has just three goals in league play, but netted a hat trick Thursday, though it remains to be seen if he will feature at any point this weekend.
Norwich (4-6-16), who sit on just 18 points but are not yet resigned to the fact that their stay in the Premier League will be brief, have also failed to score in their last two league matches - a scoreless draw at Newcastle on Feb. 1 and 1-0 loss to Liverpool last weekend. Their only road win this season came at then-floundering Everton on Nov. 23.
"We know we need to come as close as possible to 40 points," manager Daniel Farke told Norwich's official website. "It's in our hands and if we get enough points, we'll have the right to stay in this league.
"It's a huge task because we're in the worst position and we need to win more points than all our competitors, but it's still in our hands.
"We don't want to speak about next season right now because we haven't raised the white flag. We are focused on what we have to do right now - on the Wolves game."
Norwich forward Teemu Pukki, with his 11 goals, has been one of the few bright spots for the club this season. He's scored three of those goals over his last five road contests within the Premier League.
Updated February 21, 2020