Wolves under-23s can take one giant step towards promotion into the top-flight of youth football as they welcome Norwich City to Molineux for the Premier League 2 play-off semi-finals on Tuesday evening.
The only way to watch tonight’s action is inside Molineux as the game is unable to be streamed live due to Premier League broadcasting restrictions, but season ticket holders and members can get free entry into the stadium, while for non-season ticket holders, tickets cost £4 for adults, £2 for over-65s and under-21s, and it’s free for under-17s.
James Collins’ side have had an incredible second half of their PL2 season, losing just one Division 2 match in their last 12 outings, which saw the development team rocket up the table to finish their regular season campaign in second place.
That meant the under-23s were guaranteed home advantage in the play-offs, and they now prepare to face a Norwich side, who ended their season in fifth place, in a one-legged semi-final as both teams look to earn promotion.
That run included a 2-0 win over Norwich City on the final day of the league season, which saw Lee Harkin and Hugo Bueno find the back of the net at Carrow Road. However, Norwich will have confidence after their 5-0 hammering of Wolves back in November.
The Canaries have had a mixed campaign and despite spending much of the season high up the Division 2 standings, they were unable to put a consistent run of wins together and were pushed down to a fifth placed finish following five defeats in their final eight league matches.
If Wolves were to win the semi-final, they would host Stoke City – who overcame Nottingham Forest 2-0 in the other semi – in the final, which would also then be at Molineux. While if Norwich are victorious on Tuesday evening, they would head on the road to the bet365 Stadium.
Molineux is the only place to watch the action this evening, as due to Liverpool’s top-flight clash with Southampton taking place at the same time, the usual free Wolves TV live stream will not be available for this game because of Premier League broadcasting restrictions.
Tickets to watch the under-23s’ play-off semi-final must be bought in advance, while season ticket holders, members and under-17s must claim their free tickets by clicking here.
Parking will also be available for spectators on a first come/first served basis in the Stan Cullis and Waterloo Road car parks.
2-2(p) vs West Bromwich Albion (A) PLC
3-2 vs Middlesbrough (H) PLC
2-0 vs Norwich City (A)
0-2 vs Wolves (H)
2-3 vs West Bromwich Albion (A)
1-1 vs Sunderland (H)
WHAT THE BOSS THINKS
Ahead of this evening’s match, head coach Collins said his side can learn from their previous meetings with the Canaries.
“We can take something from both times we’ve played them this season.” Collins explained. “They beat us comfortably 5-0 early on in the season, and we beat them recently 2-0, but the personnel might be very different.
“I know they’ve got a lot back from loans and one or two who have been in the first-team squad will play, so it’ll be a tougher test than when we played them recently. But we also rested a few that night ourselves, so it should be a really good game.
“What they are is a really energetic, attacking team, and we’ve been playing some good attacking football recently, so it should be a really exciting game for the supporters to see, with some good players on show, and hopefully we can come out on top.”