PREVIEW: Norwich City -v- Wednesday

PREVIEW: Norwich City -v- Wednesday

After enjoying a winning start against Aston Villa, can Wednesday return from Norfolk with the points?

Fernando Forestieri’s late winner was enough to get Hillsborough rocking on the opening weekend.

However, Norwich will provide a much sterner test at Carrow Road.

With a few wins and fond memories in Norfolk to look back on, can Carvalhal’s boys create a few more in the televised match?

 

 

Last game Opposition Result Shots On target Corners Cards Fouls Possession
WEDNESDAY Cambridge (A) L 1-2 19 3 13 1 12 54%
NORWICH Blackburn (A) W 4-1 12 7 3 2 16 58%

 

 

A Wednesday side featuring ten changes went down to Cambridge on Tuesday. Lucas Joao gave the Owls the lead, but United came back with late goals in normal and extra time to seal passage to Round 2.

Owing to their former Premier League status, Norwich will join Cambridge without having enjoyed/suffered the privilege/pain of the first round.

The Canaries returned to the second tier in style on Saturday. Four goals against hapless Blackburn ensured they shot to the top of the embryonic league table.

Three goals in twenty-five minutes defined ‘perfect start’ for Alex Neil, as strikes from Jacob Murphy, Wes Hoolahan and Cameron Jerome put them out of Rovers’ sight.

Steven Naismith added a fourth in the second half, before former Old Firm rival Anthony Stokes notched one back.

 

 

THE FORM BOOK

 

Cambridge United (A) Villa (H) Port Vale (H) CD Nacional (A) SL Benfica (H)
WEDNESDAY L 1-2 W 1-0 W 1-0 W 4-0 W 1-0
Blackburn Rovers (A) Hannover 96 (A) Coventry (H) Rubin Kazan (A) FK Dukla Prague (A)
NORWICH W 4-1 L 2-3 W 3-0 W 2-1 L 1-3

 

Wednesday’s good run came to a halt against Cambridge. A first choice eleven will be re-introduced on Saturday, however, so the chances of a cup-defeat hangover affecting the side are slim.

There were bright points in Wednesday’s cup outing: no fewer than five academy graduates featured, with three making their debuts.

Connor O’Grady was especially assured in his first professional game; the centre-back looked solid for 120 minutes alongside Jose Semedo.

O'Grady in action for the Development Squad (Image: SWFC)

O’Grady in action for the Development Squad (Image: SWFC)

Norwich had a tougher pre-season than Wednesday, travelling around eastern Europe before a final assessment at home to 2. Bundesliga side Hannover 96.

Their gruelling run came to fruition with that wonderful opening day win at Blackburn.

 

 

HEAD 2 HEAD WEDNESDAY WINS DRAWS NORWICH WINS
22 14 15

 

LAST MEETING: 06 April 2015, Championship, Carrow Road, Att: 22, 993.

Norwich 2-0 Wednesday

(Bradley Johnson 33′, 45′)

Norwich’s last season at this level culminated in a play-off victory against Middlesbrough at Wembley Stadium.

All but assured of a top-six berth by this point, City were very comfortable in dispatching a Wednesday that ambled towards the summer break.

A first-half brace from Bradley Johnson made the second half a procession.

Gary Hooper was an unused sub for Norwich here; he’ll be looking to get one over his former employers this weekend.

 

 

CARVALHAL’S COHORTS

 

Having played two games in three days during the first week, the Head Coach has already voiced his discontent with the Football League’s very particular scheduling system.

Here, he will revert to much of the team that played in the opening weekend against Aston Villa.

Steven Fletcher looks set to miss out (concussion), while Ross Wallace (rested) and Jack Hunt (ankle) are doubts.

WestwoodPreview

WESTWOOD

HUNT

HUNT

LEES

HUTCHINSON

PUDIL

PUDIL

WALLACE

LEE

LEE

ABDI

ABDI

BANNAN

BANNAN

HOOPER

HOOPER

FORESTIERI

FORESTIERI

KEY PLAYERS

Fernando Forestieri has been the subject of worry, debate and discussion this week.

Rumours of his unrest seem wide of the mark, yet fans are concerned that he is yet to sign a new contract while so many of his key team-mates have already done so.

Let’s hope he can silence the rumours by signing a new deal in the forthcoming weeks and, until then, deliver another match-winning performance on Saturday.

Steven Naismith is a Premier quality footballer. He surprised a few by moving from Everton to Norwich last season despite featuring regularly in the Toffee’s side.

His pace makes him an outlet out wide and through the middle; his touch and quick turns make him a handful for defenders across the back four.

 

 

THE BETTING BOX: 5 OF THE BEST

 

BET Wednesday WIN Norwich WIN DRAW Hooper Anytime Goalscorer HT/FT Norwich/Draw
BEST ODDS 10/3 Evens 5/2 14/5 17/1
BOOKIES Bookies Badge Bet365 Paddy Power BetVictor-logo BetVictor-logo BetVictor-logo

 

 

HUGH’S VERDICT

 

Historically, Carrow Road has been a happy hunting ground for Wednesday. Our four visits during the noughties resulted in happy Wednesdayites returning westwards.

The two clubs have both flitted between divisions in the last ten years, and both aspire to do so again this season.

Norwich are the best placed to do that and, of the two teams, have a squad better equipped in mounting a promotion tilt.

Wednesday are not there yet so staying unbeaten in Norfolk would represent a job well done.

VERDICT: I was pessimistic in my Villa prediction, so will go down that route again hoping the boys can surprise me. Norwich to run out comfortable 2-0 winners.

Hugh
Owls Alive
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