It may not get the Super Sunday treatment complete with all the trimmings and Gary Neville, but Wolves’ return to the second-tier has earned the kick-off slot the television attention broadcasting bigwigs typically reserve for the weekend’s highlight fixture.
Three divisions separated Wanderers from season-opening adversaries Norwich 12 months back, but the wildly contrasting campaigns of both ensured they meet at Molineux in this intriguing Championship clash.
Kenny Jackett’s hosts have been afforded clear favouritism at 6/5, with the free-falling Canaries on offer at 21/10 and the draw a 9/4 alternative.
Any match-betting punter must be favouring the men in black and gold, but if those prices don’t appeal, try these tips on for size.
Wolves to be ahead at half-time and full-time @ 5/2
Wanderers’ fans have savoured the taste of success in eight of their last nine home matches and have laid the foundations for victory by taking the lead prior to the break in seven of these.
It’s not unreasonable to expect them to do the same against an East Anglian outfit trampled by almost all of their hosts in 2014 thus far; only twice have they avoided a smiting on their travels since the turn of the year.
Wolves to win to nil @ 5/2
If the HT/FT market isn’t for you, take the win to nil for the same price.
The west Midlanders and the sensational form with which they closed the 2013/14 League One season saw them keep six clean sheets in their last eight on the homestead.
Neil Adams’ side, on the other hand, didn’t score a single goal in any of their final four Premier League road games.
Over 3.5 goals @ 14/5
Recent meetings between the pair dictate this punt comes not only cut, but dried as well, ready to line the backers’ wallets.
The latest four scorelines from their latest renewals read: 2-1, 2-2, 3-3, 5-2.
None of these games saw Norwich end up on the losing side, but should a goal avalanche occur, expect them to be engulfed here.