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Wolves vs Norwich: backing goals looks safest Molineux bet

| 20.12.2011

With high-flying London trio Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea among the more immediate upcoming opposition for Wolves, a victory is vital at home to Norwich if they want some breathing space from the relegation zone.

However, punters wanting a safer bet for the Molineux clash may be better off looking at the goals market rather than the match result.

It is 4/6 in the Premier League odds that over 2.5 goals are scored in the showdown and there are numerous reasons why this is likely to occur.

Norwich have been relatively free scoring in the opening four months of the campaign and have already netted an impressive 25 goals in 16 fixtures.

Meanwhile, only West Brom and Manchester United have managed to prevent Norwich from scoring thus far and both Grant Holt and Steve Morison are in decent form heading to Wolves.

But Wolves will also fancy their chances of hitting the target, given that Norwich are still to shut out the opposition in the top flight.

A lesser reason why the clash may be destined for goals is that over 2.5 goals were struck in Wolves’ encounters with fellow promoted clubs QPR and Swansea this season.

Furthermore, there were goals aplenty on the last occasion the pair were in the same division, with a 3-3 draw taking place at Molineux in the Championship in 2009.

Wolves’ odds are 6/5 to beat Norwich and their only four successes so far this season have been against other clubs expected to be involved in a relegation tussle.

It is 9/4 that Norwich retain their spot in the top half of the standings with a victory and they are currently enjoying a fine run that has seen them take seven points from their last four fixtures.

Norwich’s chances may additionally be boosted by the fact that Wolves playmaker Jamie O’Hara remains absent with a calf injury.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.