Manchester United’s leaky home defence almost let them down again in their 3-2 win against Stoke and the 21/20 on both teams to score when the Premier League champions host Norwich in the Capital One Cup fourth round looks the way to play on current form.
David Moyes’ side are 7/20 to string together a third win in a row for the first time since the Scot became boss, with the away side 15/2 for the victory and the draw 15/4.
United have conceded seven times in their last six matches at Old Trafford.
Moyes had David de Gea and some wayward shooting to thank for his side only going into half-time a goal down against the Potters, with United’s rearguard proving Stoke boss Mark Hughes’ pre-match claim that they were vulnerable right.
Southampton’s equaliser in the last minute of the Red Devils’ previous Premier League home match from a poorly defended corner also exposed their troubles at the back and they have only kept four clean sheets in 13 matches all season.
The Canaries’ performances have improved in recent weeks and they have struck in each of their last three away games.
In their last match against Cardiff Chris Hughton’s side managed a remarkable 31 shots to the visitors 6, with ten of those efforts forcing saves out of man of the match David Marshall in the Bluebirds net.
Norwich have collected half of their Premier League points for the season in their last four games despite being on the end of beatings against Arsenal and Chelsea and they troubled the scoresheet in both of those fixtures.
The East Anglia side are the top scoring Premier League team in the Capital One Cup this year.
Coming up against League Two Bury or a spirited yet limited Watford side can hardly be compared to facing the champions, albeit when United’s form is still so patchy, but the fact remains that Norwich’s new strikers have found their shooting boots in this competition.
Johan Elmander and Gary Hooper – neither of whom have scored in the Premier League since arriving at the club over the summer – have each grabbed a couple in the Capital One Cup and will fancy their chances of more against Moyes’ struggling stoppers.