I feel jovial. This season of giving seems to have been a rich one thus far in Norfolk. Last weekend, Everton generously allotted us a single shot on target, which yielded a single goal and ultimately one single point. John Ruddy gifted us his best performance in a Norwich shirt and was thoughtful enough to save it for his former employers.
Paul Lambert gave us the most lavish gift of all; a diamond! The midfield four of Andrew Crofts, Andrew Surman, David Fox and Wes Hoolahan that were so consistent in midfield last season have been reunited for the last two matches and to strong effect.
So naturally, all eyes tonight will be focused on Molineux for what we hope will be Norwich’s next present opening ceremony. The Wolves defense were particularly kind in giving ex-Norwich forward Peter Crouch a late winner on Saturday. With that fresh in his mind, Mick McCarthy will be carrying an additional dose of frustration along with his typical misery as he plans to unleash his inner Scrooge and postpone this Canary Christmas.
Wolves have started this season as they did the last campaign. After 16 games they were 19th in the league with 12 points. That start was enough to earn them 17th on the final day of the season, but only just. Compare that with this season’s 17th position currently and 14 points, I would expect them to approach tonight’s game as a must win. At the beginning of the season, most Wolves fans would have penciled the words “three points” next to tonight’s fixture, but City’s competitive start to their return to the big league has to be a cause for concern for the Wanderers.
As is always the case, Paul Lambert will play the game to win. Even away from home, Norwich will feel like this is a winnable tie and with Holt and Morison dishing out goals like they are mince pies, Norwich will have every right to expect a result tonight.
I think John Ruddy still has one more Christmas gift that he’s wrapping as we speak; our first clean sheet. After seeing some resolute defending against Everton I’m confident that it’s just around the corner.
So here’s my prediction:
A tight affair, but City to take all three points in a 1-0 away win. Grant Holt to continue his goal scoring form.
So get involved. Three hours until kickoff, who will take the Spoils in the West Midlands tonight? Respond with your predictions.