Two weeks ago this fixture looked like it could have ended up with a cricket score, although developments since then suggest it will be a far closer encounter.
Norwich were winless since their return to the Premier League until a 2-1 victory over Bolton on 17th September and had displayed a worrying tendency to give away penalties and get men sent off.
However, success at the Reebok led to a 2-1 win over Sunderland on Monday evening and suddenly the Canaries find themselves in the heady heights of ninth place.
Meanwhile, Manchester United were steamrolling through Premier League opposition until Stoke held them to a 1-1 draw at the Britannia on Saturday, while further vulnerability was exposed in midweek when the Red Devils came dangerously close to defeat against Basel.
Crucially, United’s relative struggles in the last two games have coincided with the absence of talisman Wayne Rooney, who has scored nine goals in five starts in the Premier League so far this season.
The indications are that he will miss the engagement with Norwich, offering the Canaries further hope that they can come away from Old Trafford with something to show for their efforts.
Nevertheless, odds on a Norwich victory of 15/1 – along with odds of 6/1 for a draw – indicate that United will have enough to prevail, irrespective of their two recent draws and Paul Lambert’s side’s recent revival.
The chief reasons for this – and odds of 2/30 for a Man Utd win in bwin’s 3Way football betting market – are the Red Devils’ scintillating attacking form and their scarcely-believable recent home record.
Even if Rooney’s goals are taken away, United would average more than two goals a game in the league so far this season, and with Norwich yet to keep a clean sheet a victory is all but assured.
Three points are a near certainty when United’s record of 23 wins and a draw from their last 24 home games is taken into consideration.
Even so, Norwich’s recent performances suggest they will be able to avoid the type of thrashing United inflicted on Arsenal earlier this season, with a 3-0 scoreline tempting at 6/1.
That said, with all of Man Utd’s home league matches featuring more than 2.5 goals so far this season, the safest bet could be on a United win and at least three combined goals at odds of 21/20.
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