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Norwich v Wigan: Canaries to continue strong Carrow Road form

| 14.12.2012

Norwich have become a dominant force at Carrow Road recently and will hope to see off an erratic but struggling Wigan side.

Since losing 5-2 at home to Liverpool, Chris Hughton’s team have won four league games on their own patch, and are 6/5 to make it five out of five against the Latics.

The most impressive thing about the Canaries form in Norfolk has been the nature of the opposition they have dispatched – Arsenal, Stoke, Manchester United and Sunderland have all lost at Norwich since the turn of September.

Tottenham were also beaten in the Capital One Cup, although a bit of the gloss was removed from Norwich’s Carrow Road record mid-week when they were knocked out of the competition by former manager Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa.

Regarding Wigan, it is hard to know what you will get from Roberto Martinez’s team. Will it be the plucky underdogs stunning the league’s big boys – like they did so often as they staved off relegation last season?

Or the defensively frail Wigan that have lost nine out of 16 Premier League games this season – the joint-worst record in the division?

If you do fancy the Latics to spring a surprise and win at Norwich – like they have done on the road against West Ham and Tottenham already this term – then they can be backed to do so at 9/4.

The draw is also 9/4, which is tempting considering both fixtures between the two clubs last season ended in a stalemate.

Those two results ended 1-1, and lightening could strike twice with another single goal apiece draw available at a price of 6/1.

But with Norwich strong at home – they have taken the same number of points (14) as Arsenal – and with the club looking to forget their cup exit as quickly as possible, siding with the home side looks safe, particularly in the draw no bet market at 8/15.

Only two of the Canaries’ seven Premier League home games have produced over 2.5 goals, so backing under 2.5 scores against Wigan should come through 5/6.

The Norfolk outfit’s last league outing bucked the trend as they won their first away fixture of the campaign 4-3 in an exciting goal-fest against Swansea.

That is likely to prove an anomaly of a result, although with Wigan drawing 2-2 with QPR in their last game, more goals to come appears unlikely but can’t be ruled out. Backing both teams to score offers a price of 4/6.

In the goalscorer markets, neither teams’ strikers have proved especially prolific this season so there could be an opportunity to back a few long-odds scorers in this game.

Norwich midfielder Wes Hoolahan scored in both fixtures against Wigan last season and could break his Premier League duck with another goal against the Latics anytime at 10/3.

To score first, Wigan’s James McCarthy is an intriguing 18/1 bet after breaking the deadlock against QPR on his way to scoring both goals in the 2-2 draw.

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



Jamie Dickenson