It would be a bit strong to describe Fulham’s visit to Norwich City this weekend as a six-pointer, but with just two Premier League wins between them in the past 16 games, victory for either would definitely help keep them away from the relegation dogfight.
After a slight return to form with back-to-back draws against Tottenham and QPR, the home side are favourites at 5/4, with Martin Jol’s side, who are coming off two losses to Manchester United, priced at 21/10 and the draw a little bit further out at 23/10.
What might prove decisive is the business done by both sides in the January transfer window.
While Jol was relatively conservative – his two key signings, Urby Emanuelson and Emmanuel Frimpong, arrived on loan deals from AC Milan and Arsenal respectively – Chris Hughton went all out in his quest to solve Norwich’s goalscoring issues.
Having hit the net just twice in their last five games, the 14th-placed Canaries have gambled on Argentine striker Luciano Becchio to get the goals to keep them at arm’s length from the bottom three.
Becchio arrives at Carrow Road with some pedigree, with his 86 goals in just under 200 appearances for Leeds United having attracted the attention of many a Premier League suitor.
Hughton won the race by sending Welsh international Steve Morison in the other direction and Becchio will be keen to repay his new manager’s faith as soon as possible.
Having only made a brief cameo at Loftus Road last weekend, Becchio will be pushing for a starting place this time out and is 7/1 to get the game’s opening goal (he’s the same for the final goal) and 9/4 to strike at any time.
Given Norwich’s teflon toughness at Carrow Road, where they have conceded just one league goal in 2013, a single strike could be enough against a Fulham side who may again be missing talisman Dimitar Berbatov.
New customers using the free £20 bet they receive when registering with bwin would win an incredible £680 should the Canaries claim a 1-0 win behind a home debut goal from Becchio.
Those who think that Grant Holt may continue to keep Becchio out of the side for now but still expect a low-scoring encounter should also consider a Norwich win and under 2.5 goals at 13/5.
But I’m sticking with Becchio to be the man to break Fulham hearts, regardless of when he makes his impact, and the 9/4 on an anytime goal is good enough for me.