Norwich will receive the first real test ahead of their pre-season campaign in a match against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park this evening.
The Canaries have scored 26 goals without reply in their three friendly games so far this summer as they prepare for life in the top flight.
However, Championship side Palace should prove tougher opponents than Gorleston, a Nordhausen/Regional Select XI and Sparta and RSV Gottingen, with this being reflected in a close 3Way football betting market.
Nevertheless, Paul Lambert’s side are still favourites to win the match at odds of 6/5 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, with a Crystal Palace victory priced at 9/5 and a draw at 23/10.
Runners-up in the Championship last season, Norwich have brought in seven players since the end of the 2010-11 campaign in a bid to boost their chances of Premier League survival.
When added to the fact that the Eagles only managed to finish 36 points adrift of Norwich in last season’s Championship table, there should be a significant gulf in class between the two teams.
As such, odds of 39/20 on there being more than 3.5 goals in the match could prove tempting, particularly as Norwich had the best attack in the Championship last season and have had no trouble finding the back of the net in their friendly games so far.
A successful £25 free bet on there being more than 3.5 goals in the game, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, would return £73.75.
That said, analysis of Crystal Palace’s recent record against the Canaries suggests a Norwich win is not assured.
The last five games between the two teams have seen three wins for Palace and two draws, with the most recent fixture at Selhurst Park ending in a 0-0 stalemate.
As such, odds of 53/100 on Crystal Palace to secure either a win or a draw could yet pay dividends.
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