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Liverpool v Norwich: Hosts to tuck into Norwich’s frailties

| 04.12.2013

If Chris Hughton was waking up in a cold sweat over his Norwich side’s leaky defence, the shuddering thought of a trip to face Liverpool at Anfield will likely have kept him from drifting off into the land of nod completely.

The Canaries have shipped the second highest number of goals in the Premier League over the past six games, conceding 14, and now must line up against the team that’s enjoyed playing them more than a hungry cat relishes pawing at a trapped mouse before devouring it.

The Reds have slotted 14 goals past John Ruddy and Mark Bunn in the four games they’ve played against the Norfolk club since their reintegration into the top-flight, including five in each of their last two meetings.

Brendan Rodgers’ side have been free-flowing in front of goal too, scoring 14 in their last six games, a total that betters all bar one of the rest of the division. So, with this in mind, by far the most lucrative bet for the match lies in the Liverpool goals – Over/Under market, with 3.5 the preferred line.

It’s 23/10 that the Merseyside mob once again put the Canaries to the sword and soar over the total goal boundary, while 19/20 on them bagging more than 2.5 is equally lengthy given their recent aptitude for rippling the net.

One man who has particularly relished facing Hughton’s men is Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan has helped himself to seven goals in three meetings with the yellow-shirted side and can be backed at 5/2 to score first and 10/1 to net a third hat-trick in four games against his favourite opponents.

However, that final bet does come with the warning that both previous Suarez triples came at Carrow Road, but with Daniel Sturridge ruled out, goalscoring duties lie solely on the gnasher’s shoulders.

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

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.