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Norwich v Southampton: Carrow Road score draw on the cards

| 08.03.2013

Norwich welcome Southampton to Carrow Road unbeaten in their last four home league games, and as 5/4 favourites to extend that run with a win.

It should be noted that only one of those previous four games has ended in Norwich victory however, whilst the 21/10 visitors have lost just two of their last seven on the road.

Therefore, perhaps the best call in match betting is the 12/5 about a stalemate ensuing, a punt that would have paid dividends on four of the past five occasions these sides have met.

Both registered in each of those four matches also, lending weight to the claim that the 3/1 odds on a score draw are worthy of serious consideration.

Punters can alternatively simply back both teams to score at 7/10, but it would seem to make sense to bet on either defence being breached as well as the match result to obtain better value.

Another interesting fact is that three of the past five encounters between this pair ended 2-2, and it is a huge 14/1 that four goals are shared equally by the teams here.

9/1 also looks big regarding the possibility of a draw that features at least 2.5 strikes, especially considering this bet would have paid off in half of the Saints’ past six away games.

Mauro Pochettino’s travellers have also taken the lead in seven of their last 11 fixtures in all competitions, and so look very tempting as 6/5 shots to break the deadlock here too.

Betting on the source of that first strike can also prove profitable, with St. Mary’s captain Rickie Lambert standing out as an obvious candidate at 6/1.

Lambert has bagged six times in his last seven appearances away from home, and opened the scoring in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

Grant Holt represents the hosts’ own striker to have risen up the football ladder to prove a capable Premier League performer meanwhile, and Lambert’s old Rochdale strike partner is 5/1 to notch first.

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



John Klee