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Norwich rightful favourites to dispose of bad-travelling Newcastle

| 05.01.2013

The Xmas/New Year period did not develop particularly well for Norwich, but a home clash with Newcastle presents the ideal fixture to jump back on the winning bandwagon.

Four straight defeats pulled the plug on Norwich’s surprise assault on a top-six finish, having previously embarked on a 10-game unbeaten streak.

But 21/20 is a decent price that Chris Hughton will celebrate victory over former club Newcastle, given the penchant for home wins in this particular fixture and the fact the visitors are such bad travellers this season.

Only Reading have been worse on the road than Newcastle, as Alan Pardew’s team have only taken four points from 10 away days and are still awaiting their first triumph.

This is a large reason why the Toon currently have their worst overall points total through 21 Premier League games.

And this was when they had Demba Ba at their disposal, it is hard to see things getting any easier without their talismanic striker.

Furthermore, looking at the last 10 head-to-head meetings between this pair, nine have been won by the team with home advantage.

The other bet that sticks out is the 4/5 that over 2.5 goals are scored at Carrow Road.

Newcastle have conceded at least twice in eight of their away games, while they have not kept a clean sheet on their travels either.

The draw can be backed here at 12/5, but this looks hard to back given that Newcastle have not shared the points in 12 games and Norwich in seven.

However, some punters may decide that this result is therefore overdue.

Newcastle are 12/5 to extend Norwich’s losing run to five games, but those fancying this outcome may be better taking the 19/4 that they prevail by a one-goal margin.

All of Norwich’s last four defeats have been by the odd goal.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date



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.