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Norwich v Crystal Palace: Gloves to come off in second half

| 29.11.2013

Given the current predicaments Norwich and Crystal Palace find themselves in punters can expect another tense first half at Carrow Road, where the goals tend to come in second-half flurries.

When 16th plays 19th it’s safe to say – even at this early-ish stage of the season – that this has the feeling of relegation ‘six-pointer’ about it.

As it is, the Canaries probably deserve their 17/20 favouritism against Crystal Palace’s 10/3, given they overcame West Ham 3-1 on their last home run-out, though the Eagles’ mini resurgence may already have some reaching for the 5/2 on a gentlemanly draw.

While the final result may be among the tougher judgement calls in this fixture, it may be worth exploiting a few other notable trends instead.

Chris Hughton’s side are yet to score a first-half Premier League goal at home this season and this surely lends weight to the 6/5 on the draw being the result after 45 minutes in East Anglia.

Meanwhile the 7/5 on more Norwich goals arriving in the second half is even more appealing than one of Delia’s winter warmer recipes.

Both when West Ham paid a visit last time around and when Chelsea were the visitors before them, the second period bore witness to a flurry of goals – three on each occasion to be precise.

Getting behind exactly three second-half goals again, pays out at a delectable 6/1 although it’s a risky strategy, while taking the 23/20 on over 1.5 second-half strikes looks a safer option, if less lucrative.

Another price to expose on the same theme is the 21/10 on Norwich to wait until the second 45 to find the Palace net.

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

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.