As we career headlong into our clash with the Old Gold thoughts naturally turn to the starting XI and to which formation Neil Adams will choose.
Will he revert to a traditional 4-4-2? Was his experimentation with the diamond successful enough for it to be his Plan A? Or was last Friday night’s 4-2-3-1 a trial run for Molineux?
And who will be in his chosen XI? Will Russell Martin accompany Michael Turner in the centre of defence? Or will he revert to right-back to make way for Ryan Bennett?
Will Andrew Surman complete his City resurrection with a place in the midfield? Will he partner Bradley Johnson at the base and protect the back four? Or will Adams look to unleash pace, in which case a midfield that includes Nathan Redmond and Elliott Bennett looks a must.
If he opts to play a lone striker it has to be Kyle Lafferty doesn’t it? Or should he partner the Northern Irishman with Lewis Grabban? Gary Hooper may not want to be here, but with his record in the Championship does he not deserve a shot?
With a relatively big squad, even allowing for the departure of Ricky van Wolfswinkel, the permutations are numerous, and it’s a big call for Adams. He dare not hit the ground running.
But we all have an opinion on what his starting line-up he should be. And now we have a chance to test it against the one selected.
MyFootballWriter has been asked to represent Norwich City in a Football Manager 2014 challenge against the other 23 Championship sides. It’s being run by SI games, the makers of FM.
Martin Emerson (some of you may know him as @Klobo15 on Twitter) has kindly agreed to be our ‘manager’. As an FM aficionado Martin is Paul Lambert to my Glenn Roeder. Say no more.
The basic premise is this: we’ll be playing a series of one-off matches against fellow websites representing the other clubs in the Championship. These matches will coincide with Norwich’s real-life fixtures so, for example, during the first week of the season we’ll face a site representing Wolves.
The results will be plugged into a league table that will be continually updated as the season goes on.
They are also planning to feature several themed weeks during the season such as the ability to transfer in one player who Norwich have been linked with in real life to see what impact he might have on our fortunes that week.
Sound complicated? Yes, it does to me too, but Martin assures me all will be OK.
But this is where our readers, come in.
We’d like as many suggestions as possible for a line-up for Sunday and the formation it should start with. Martin and I will then attempt, in the most unscientific way possible, to cobble together an XI in a formation that forms the consensus of opinion. And then we’re off.
Hopefully we’ll start off with a decent outcome on Sunday and go on to give the Championship a good run for it’s money. But we’ll see.
So… over to you. We welcome your thoughts.