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Norwich v Reading: Expect few goals in lower-half stalemate

| 19.04.2013

Norwich welcome Reading to Carrow Road in the hope of moving a step closer to dispelling relegation fears, a feat they can accomplish with victory here at 3/4.

But considering the Canaries have failed to triumph in any of their six most recent matches, they are perhaps best approached with caution in match betting markets.

Their opponents have a similarly wretched recent record, with seven defeats from their past eight games unlikely to encourage many to invest in the 10/3 odds regarding an away success.

But at 11/4, the draw seems a plausible outcome between two sides who have played out a combined total of 23 league stalemates over the course of the campaign.

With a massive 18 of those games ending either goalless or with a 1-1 scoreline meanwhile, value could be found in correct score betting on this match.

8/1 is available about a repeat of the 0-0 draw the teams played out earlier in the season at the Madejski Stadium, whilst 13/2 is the price that the sides share two goals.

Alternatively, investment in total result markets could prove shrewd, enabling punters to cover both aforementioned outcomes by backing a draw involving less than 2.5 strikes at 33/10.

Meanwhile, half markets could also offer profitable betting opportunities for punters, given that these sides have gone into the break level in 26 games between them this term.

5/1 is the price that there is nothing to choose between the teams, in a match where parity also exists at the half-time whistle.

But those who feel that something will separate the sides at one point could do worse than back Norwich to win the first half at 5/4.

The travelling Royals have gone into the break behind a big 16 times this season, but they have come back to salvage something from five of those matches.

Thus, betting on Norwich to draw after surrendering a half-time lead could gift hefty 16/1 returns, whilst Nigel Adkins’ visiting charges are 5/1 to come from behind to either win or claim a point from the game.

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

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John Klee