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Norwich v QPR: Both sides hope to avenge disastrous start

| 24.08.2012

Norwich take on QPR this weekend, with both sides extraordinarily hoping to bounce back from 5-0 opening day defeats last Saturday.

Ladbrokes favour the home side to do so successfully, with Norwich 11/8 shots for victory in Chris Hughton’s first home game in charge.

Craven Cottage was the setting of their downfall last weekend, but the Canaries will take heart from a comfortable majority of their points last term coming on their own patch.

In contrast, QPR were dismantled on their own turf last week at the hands of Swansea, forcing Mark Hughes to delve into the transfer market this week.

Michael Dawson and Ricardo Carvalho are amongst those expected to arrive, and it is 15/8 that thoughts of them signing have an instant impact by securing the Rs victory.

Rangers had a dismal record on their travels last season though, and with that in mind, a draw may be the best they can hope for at Carrow Road.

Punters feeling as though the sides will cancel each other out can take advantage of 12/5 odds about the stalemate.

It may be worth noting that Norwich haven’t lost to QPR in the past five meetings of the sides, and have won on four of those occasions, including both encounters last season.

Each win has come by a single goal, and so 15/2 odds about a 1-0 win may appeal, whilst it is 8/1 Norwich repeat their two 2-1 triumphs of last season.

Alternatively, considering the defensive capabilities both sides demonstrated last weekend, it may be worth taking on the 4/6 on both teams finding the net in this match.

A Norwich win in which both teams score meanwhile, which would have paid dividends in both meetings last term, is a 10/3 hope.

Likely sources proved the Canaries’ match winners in either of those contests, and Grant Holt is 5/1 to again close the scoring this weekend.

Steve Morison, who scored Norwich’s winner at Loftus Road, is 7/1 to notch first this time, whilst Djibril Cisse is 13/2 to break the deadlock for the visitors.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee