Preview: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Norwich City

Preview: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Norwich City

Two Premier League teams will lock horns in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon as Wolverhampton Wanderers welcome Norwich City to Molineux.

The hosts have won their last two home matches, scoring three goals in each, while the Canaries netted three times in their most recent away win at Watford.

Since mid-December, Wolves have enjoyed a positive run of form, winning five and drawing one of their last six matches across all competitions. A run of three successive Premier League victories in January has seen manager Bruno Lage nominated for the Manager of the Month award and midfielder Joao Moutinho shortlisted for the player’s equivalent.

The Wanderers currently occupy eighth place in the Premier League table, but as they are only four points behind Manchester United in fourth with a game in hand, dreams of Champions League qualification cannot be ruled out just yet.

Lage’s men will now head into Saturday’s FA Cup fixture seeking to advance to the fifth round in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1993-94 and 1994-95.

Wolves have won five of their last seven FA Cup ties at Molineux, including a comfortable 3-0 win against Sheffield United in the third round this term, which saw Daniel Podence score a brace; the Portuguese winger has now netted in each of their three domestic cup matches this season and he will be hoping to add to his tally this weekend.

The four-time FA Cup winners will be keen to enjoy a cup run this campaign and continue their journey with a victory against a Norwich City side who they are unbeaten against in their last five meetings.

While Norwich fans would welcome an FA Cup run, Premier League survival remains their priority and the appointment of Dean Smith has certainly boosted their hopes of remaining in the top flight.

Successive league wins against Everton and Watford – cruising to a 3-0 away win against the latter last time out – have helped the Canaries climb off the foot of the table and out of the relegation zone for the first time since the opening week of the season, though all three teams below them in the bottom three have at least one game in hand.

Smith will be keen for his side to build momentum with another victory when they face Wolves on Saturday; however, Molineux is a stadium Norwich have struggled at over the years, winning just two of their last 31 visits.

Norwich have never won the FA Cup in their 120-year history, and have only reached the fifth round once in the last nine years, suffering defeat at the quarter-final stage against Manchester United in 2019-20.

The Canaries also suffered defeat in their two previous FA Cup ties with Wolves, losing 5-1 in the third round in 1971 and 3-2 in a fourth-round replay in 1980.

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We say: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Norwich City
A goalless draw was played out the last time these two sides faced each other in the Premier League, and another low-scoring affair could be on the cards this weekend.

Both Wolves and Norwich have decent form under their belts, but the hosts will be the favourites to edge into the fifth round

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