Premier League preview - Norwich City v Wolves
16:03 23 March 2012
Team news, the player to watch, battle of the day, referee and betting for the Premier League clash between Norwich City and Wolves at 3pm on Saturday.
• Norwich City team news:
Midfielder Anthony Pilkington has trained this week after being substituted towards the end of the Premier League defeat at Newcastle with a suspected hamstring problem. Defenders Dani Ayala (hamstring) and Marc Tierney (knee) are also back in training, but Lambert indicated yesterday this weekend would come too soon. James Vaughan is working on his return from a hamstring injury with the club’s fitness coaches. Keeper Declan Rudd (foot) trained with the goalkeeping coach on Thursday. Subs (from): Steer, R Bennett, Lappin, Martin, Hoolahan, Crofts, Jackson, Morison, Wilbraham.
• Wolves team news:
Wolves will be without suspended defender Ronald Zubar. That could mean a recall in a reshuffled back four for skipper Roger Johnson, who has been axed for the past four matches since Terry Connor took charge. Connor’s biggest headache is in central midfield where David Davis (broken rib) has joined Karl Henry (hamstring) and Jamie O’Hara (groin) on the injury list. The only positive team news is the return to training of midfielder Nenad Milijas after his recent calf problem.
Subs (from): de Vries, Berra, Elokobi, Hammill, Hunt, Jonsson, Kightly, Ebanks-Blake.
Terry Connor Long-serving Wolves coach who has been in temporary charge since Mick McCarthy was dismissed last month. Presided over a notable draw at Newcastle but has since lost three Premier League games - including two thumping 5-0 defeats to Fulham and Manchester United. Connor played for notably Brighton and Leeds during a 15-year career. Joined the Wolves coaching staff in 1999.
• One to watch:
Talented wide player who earned a surprise England call up in March 2011 - making his debut at Wembley in a friendly against Ghana. The 25-year-old started at Gillingham. Scored his first senior goal against Wolves in October 2004. Was named in the League One team-of-the-year in 2007 prior to joining Wolves that summer. Key figure in the club’s Championship title-winning squad of 2009. A skilful, left-sided winger in the old school mould with a quality dead ball delivery. The club’s reigning players’ player and supporters’ player-of-the-year.
Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear) Kept his cards in his pocket for Norwich’s goalless draw against Chelsea in January. Third visit to Carrow Road this season. Shown 82 yellow and six red cards this season.
Norwich 8/11, Wolves 19/5, draw 13/5. First scorer: City: Holt, Morison 9/2, Jackson, Wilbraham 7/1, Pilkington 8/1, Hoolahan 9/1.
Wolves: Fletcher 6/1, Doyle 7/1, Ebanks-Blake.8/1, Edwards, Hunt 14/1.
No goalscorer: 12/1.
• Battle of the day:
Elliott Ward v Steven Fletcher
City’s captain for the day at Newcastle last weekend is making up for lost time following his long term knee problem. Ward was superb at Swansea in City’s last Premier League win. The big defender has been less self-assured along with the rest of the team recently. Fletcher is one of few bright spots to emerge from Molineux so far. Ten goals in 25 appearances is a fine effort in a struggling side.