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Norwich v Fulham: Low-scoring affair looks likely

| 08.02.2013

Norwich can’t buy a win at the moment as they slide at express pace towards the Premier League relegation zone and will be glad of the opportunity to halt this nose dive when they take on one of the few sides whose current run of form is only marginally better than their own.

Fulham have enjoyed just two victories in 90 minutes in their previous 12 games and, with just one win on the road since September, the Cottagers’ 5-0 win over the Canaries on the opening day of the season, for the hosts’ sake at least, simply must be avenged.

A price of 13/10 indicates that Norwich will do just that, though, at 2/1, it’s easy to see the attraction in backing the visitors here too. There’s also a case to argue for the draw too given how poorly both sides are playing of late; it’s available to back at 23/10.

Basically, if you accurately predict which way this match is going to go then you can chalk it up to sheer good luck.
However, there are some other markets where the outcome looks a deal easier to determine.

Whether the game produces over/under 2.5 goals is an example of this and unders is the way to go here. It pays out at 8/11, though the fact that four of the Canaries’ last five games at Carrow Road have seen total goals fall short of this mark has a lot to do with this deflated price, while Fulham haven’t managed more than a solitary goal in eight road games.

The fact that they’ve failed to find the back of the net in half of these games adds some value to Norwich’s clean sheet price of 2/1, while they’re at 3’s to win without conceding. Five clean sheets from 12 Premier League home games lends some favour to these prices too.

At 1/1, the best bet of the lot could well be lumping on just one or neither team to notch in this one. Only one of the hosts’ previous six in all competitions would have foiled this punt and the same can be said of 50 per cent of Fulham’s last four.

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



James Middleton