If you thought our limp midweek defeat was depressing, spare a thought for Norwich.
3-1 up with 20 minutes to go and 3-2 up 5 minutes into injury time, they still found a way to lose it 4-3.
Both teams come into this one licking wounds and craving that immediate response to get their respective promotion ambitions back on track.
Playing late on the Saturday adds that little bit of extra pressure as some of those teams around us will have gathered points and moved further ahead.
I was on a Championship podcast last week and said if Newcastle and Norwich went up I’d kill myself. Probably a bit over dramatic on reflection, but I stand by the initial point.
The only teams I don’t want to see getting promoted are those that have just come down. Variety, spice of life and all that. Nothing personal Canaries fans I promise.
Norwich have been down, up, down and chances of another up don’t seem unlikely with Alex Neil maintaining a squad packed with proven Championship quality and a couple of players who have and could still do it in the Prem.
I always thought Dorrans was a good player at the Albion so interested to see if he’s still got something to offer.
Robbie Brady is one of those players who probably could have abandoned ship in the summer and Cameron Jerome loves playing against Wolves.
This promises to be very tough, but away from Carrow Road, I think they can be got at so an entertaining game in prospect.
I’ve repeatedly said Jon Dadi Bodvarsson is carrying our team. For all the bits and pieces of quality we’ve seen from others, he’s been the one consistent.
If Dadi is anything close to fit we should throw him in as we’re probably snookered without him.
The center halves should hang their head in disappointment over Wigan’s late winner. Batth in particular showed a lack of judgment, pace and strength to allow Grigg the opening. He should have done better.
But I still think they’re the best pairing as Hause or Stearman are both prone to similar lapses. I can see there being a change though.
Midfield might also be freshened up so I’d expect at least one of Saiss, Edwards or Oniangue to get the hook.
Score draw for me, on the basis that Dadi is fit enough to make a return. I think we’ll cause Norwich enough grief as they’re not solid defensively. They’ve conceded 14 already.
But we’ll also be vulnerable and they have the attacking players to make us pay. In fact, it’s probably our biggest challenge so far in that respect, certainly at home.
With Villa and Brighton away to come after this, it’s a testing time of the season.
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