Season So Far
Faltering after a circa-£20m summer spend that was mind-boggling by their own standards, the Canaries have been sticking to the stubborn-as-hell at home/toothless away formula which earned survival last term.
Only the home slip-up against Aston Villa and the failure to get anything from a Hull side that played 63 minutes with 10 men really suggest any new cause for alarm.
The Canaries’ aforementioned inability to score away from their own cage has continued this season and their two losses to nil mean Chris Hughton’s side have now failed to trouble the scorers in seven of their last 10 top-flight away games.
They visit a similarly benign Stoke City next and the Potters are 2/1 to win without conceding in a clash which has finished 1-0 to the hosting team in its last three incarnations.
Much like last term Delia Smith’s minions are routinely involved in low-scoring contests, albeit while still reserving the right to chuck in the occasional goal-fest.
Four of their five Premier League games so far have seen under 2.5 goals bettors trouser the folding stuff and with their three away games all turning up but a single strike the 39/20 about under 1.5 goals in their visit to the Britannia Stadium looks a canny wager.
Despite an infusion of attacking talent over the summer Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Johan Elmander and Nathan Redmond have so far provided just two league goals between them.
Gary Hooper managed as many in his first start for the club against Watford in the Capital One Cup and he could be the man to ultimately replace Grant Holt.
At longer odds, full-back Steven Whittaker has already notched twice for the club this term and could be worth a speculative punt at a working man’s price in the weeks and months to come.
Other Notable Trends
The second-half is usually where the action is at when Norwich play at home, with two of their three league games in East Anglia goalless at the interval and the third witnessing a solitary strike in the opening stanza.
No smoke and mirrors stat either this, with five of their last 10 home games of last season still scoreless when the oranges were passed round, while three of the other five had witnessed just one first-half goal.
As a result bets such as first-half correct score 0-0 and under 1.5 first-half goals will be well worth consideration next time ‘On The Ball City’ rings from the Carrow Road stands.