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Play it safe rather than backing Arsenal to hand Norwich drubbing

| 20.10.2012

Hammerings in successive games by Liverpool and Chelsea will lead many punters into believing that Norwich are the Premier League equivalent to San Marino.

Therefore, it is the total goals markets that punters may be most likely to get stuck into as Arsenal visit Carrow Road, especially the potentially lucrative 7/1 that a minimum of six goals are converted.

Some 25 goals have been scored in the last five Premier League meetings between the two and unlike San Marino, Norwich do possess some threat going forward to counter their penchant for shipping goals.

Over 4.5 goals here can be backed at 3/1, while punters wanting to take less of a risk may prefer the 5/4 on offer for at least four goals being converted.

Although punters cannot truly be put off any of these offerings, the fact that Chris Hughton must have used the majority of his two weeks off working on defensive cohesiveness suggests that Norwich will be a little harder to break down.

Therefore, the best value on offer may be in the Quatro market, with Arsenal 6/5 to triumph in a game that sees a minimum of three goals scored.

Few would argue that Arsenal will not leave with the three points and 8/15 does not look like the worst price for the away win given Norwich’s recent woes.

With goals expected, mainly from Arsenal, the player markets are the other logical place to look for betting opportunities.

Fresh from his midweek equaliser against Spain for France, Olivier Giroud may see this as a perfect opportunity to add to his single Premier League goal thus far.

However, as he is a far from certain starter, the 6/5 that he is on target at any time in the 90 minutes is a better option than the 5/1 he nets first.

Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are the other interesting candidates in the market to score at any time, with both priced at 9/4.

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



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.