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Newcastle vs Norwich: Magpies to re-ignite European bid at home

| 17.03.2012

Neither side have won in four games, but Newcastle look the best bet to end that streak on Sunday, by triumphing at home to Norwich at 4/5.

Norwich’s last win came away from home to fellow promoted side Swansea, but they will struggle to justify 7/2 odds for a victory here, as the home side look to get their bid for European football back on track.

It is 5/2 about the draw, and the workmanlike ethic of both of these sides may encourage some punters to invest in this outcome.

Both teams have scored in the past five meetings of these sides, and with goals a prominent feature of each of the sides’ games this season both home and away, the 4/6 for both teams to hit the net in this match looks nailed on.

With that in mind, those inclined to get behind the stalemate may be better using the score draw route, at lengthy 10/3 odds.

At an attractive 13/8 price though, a Newcastle victory with three or more goals occurring in the game looks terrific value.

Newcastle have been in front at half-time in more than a third of their Premier League home matches this term, whilst Norwich have been behind at the same stage in as many away games, so it could be worth paying attention to the 6/4 that the Magpies lead at the break and the final whistle here, whilst it is a big 3/1 that the Toon win both halves.

An abundance of first scorer options will tempt punters for this encounter meanwhile, with sixteen-goal Demba Ba 4/1 favourite to break the deadlock.

His Senegalese strike partner Papiss Cisse will pose a threat at 5/1, whilst set-piece specialist Ryan Taylor could come good at a big 14/1.

The Canaries’ physical frontline could be troublesome for Newcastle though, and Grant Holt and Steve Morison each look to have the credentials to open the scoring too at 8/1.



John Klee