Norwich City v Wolves Betting Tips: Both teams can profit going forward at Carrow Road

15:00/Jan 21

Football writer Thomas Giles previews the upcoming Championship match between Norwich City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

This Championship match between Norwich City and Wolverhampton Wanderers could be quite an entertaining affair as both sides usually look to try and outscore the opposition rather than aiming to win games in a defensive manner.

Norwich lost in cruel circumstances in their most recent match in the FA Cup against Southampton as a last-minute Shane Long winner dumped the Canaries out of the cup in what was a rather boring affair. This result meant that Norwich have now lost their last two games in all competitions and have not won since 2nd January, putting yet more pressure on manager Alex Neil.

As stated earlier, Norwich focus very much on the attacking third of the pitch, as demonstrated by the fact they have scored 42 goals in the league this campaign – the fourth highest in the league. However, they have been shocking defensively having shipped 39 which is even worse than second from bottom side Wigan Athletic. Furthermore, they have only kept six clean sheets in the Championship this season – not ideal for a team looking to reach the play-offs.

Although they are struggling, Norwich’s home form has actually been pretty good with just one defeat in their last five matches, including three wins. We must also not forget that the Canaries went on a six match winning streak at Carrow Road earlier in the season.

Wolves have been on a decent run in the last couple of weeks, firstly they caused one of the shocks of the FA Cup Third Round by winning away at Premier League side Stoke City (I hope you followed my tip on that match!) before winning the local derby against Aston Villa. In terms of league form, Wolves’ run of just one defeat in their last five has boosted them up to 16th in the Championship and a huge eight points from relegation.

As mentioned in the introduction, Wolves matches can be relied upon for goals. Paul Lambert’s side have registered in all but one of their last nine matches in all competitions and have found the back of the net a quite impressive 33 times in just 26 league games which is an even better record than play-off sides Huddersfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday (30 each).

Wolves had previously been pretty woeful in defence but it now seems that Paul Lambert has got them a bit more organised as shown by the fact they have kept clean sheets in their last three games. However, going up against a Norwich side who score so many goals means this record could be threatened.

In rather odd circumstances, it has been on the road where Wolves have achieved their best result and most consistent form. They have won three of their last five matches away from Molineux whilst that previously mentioned improved defence has kept three consecutive clean sheets on their travels in all competitions.

With this match likely to contain a few goals, I find it difficult to pick a winner. On this basis, ‘Over 2.5 Goals & Both Teams to Score’, which allows flexibility on that unpredictable result, at 23/20 is a good option.

Both teams have scored in 62% of Norwich’s league games this season and 54% of Wolves’ which gives us an overall percentage of 58% for both teams combined. Additionally, 67% of Norwich’s home matches have involved over 2.5 goals so, if history is anything to go by, we should be in for a few goals in this one.

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