Carrow Road

Norwich vs Leicester: Maddison to strike against former club

Kick-off: 2000, 28/02/2020

Stadium: Carrow Road

TV: Sky Sports Main Event/Premier League

Bottom-of-the-table Norwich must start picking up wins if they are to stand any chance of avoiding an immediate return to the Championship.

The Canaries produced a poor performance in the 3-0 defeat at Wolves on Sunday which left them seven points adrift of safety with 11 matches remaining.

Leicester’s dip in form continued as they suffered a 1-0 loss at home to Manchester City in a game which was overshadowed by VAR.

Daniel Farke’s side have scored first in six of their last seven home league games, including four against top-half teams, so 31/20 they break the deadlock again is our opening Norwich vs Leicester prediction.

A Look At Norwich City’s Betting Odds

Norwich’s lack of a clinical edge has been evident for most of the season, but they need to rediscover that touch now if they are to keep alive their survival hopes.

The Canaries have now failed to score in their last three games and have netted just twice in six – both penalties from Teemu Pukki.

They have gone 562 minutes without a goal from open play and, after the loss at Molineux, Farke said: “We started this game well and were on the front foot for 20 minutes, but I wasn’t happy with our physicality in the final third.

“When you are that dominant at the start of a game, you create so many good situations, you have to reward yourself with scoring a goal.”

Farke insists he is “not closing the book on this season” but added: “You have to give your life with each and every duel and I got the feeling that sometimes we were a bit soft and scared.

“We need to be greedy to win the duel, and unbelievably sharp. You need to be convinced and not scared. I think we lacked that and I’m disappointed with that fact.”

While Norwich tend to start games well, their second-half record is poor, winning none in the last 12 league outings, losing eight times and scoring just two goals.

With that in mind, we are snapping up 1/1 for the Foxes to win the second half in the Norwich vs Leicester odds.

Last Norwich line-up: Krul, Aarons, Godfrey, Hanley, Lewis, Tettey, McLean, Rupp, Duda, Cantwell, Pukki.

A Look At Leicester City’s Betting Odds

Leicester slipped seven points behind Manchester City after a narrow defeat to the champions, courtesy of Gabriel Jesus’ late winner.

Sergio Aguero had earlier seen his penalty, awarded after a VAR check, saved by Kasper Schmeichel while the Foxes were aggrieved when they were denied a spot-kick of their own after Kevin de Bruyne raised his arms to block a James Maddison free-kick.

It is now three league games without a win and just one victory in six for Brendan Rodgers’ side while Jamie Vardy is without a goal in two months.

But Rodgers believes Vardy is coming back to his best and said: “After his injury he didn’t play in a few games and it has taken a little bit of time to get back, but he’s back to that ability of his running and his penetrating in behind.

“This is as fit as he’s looked since that injury. If he keeps doing that, he’ll get his chances. I think that in each game he’s getting more and more back to himself.”

We think this will be an entertaining, end-to-end game between two footballing sides and are backing a player familiar with Norwich fans to get on the scoresheet.

James Maddison was signed by Leicester for around £20million in the summer of 2018 and his impressive displays have earned him England recognition.

Five of his six league goals have arrived in the second half and, given the hosts’ wretched record in that period, odds of 14/5 he strikes at any time completes our Norwich vs Leicester betting tips.

Last Leicester line-up: Schmeichel, Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell, Praet, Tielemans, Fuchs, Maddison, Iheanacho, Vardy.

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Last result:

Wolves 3-0 NORWICH

LEICESTER 0-1 Man City

Head-to-head: Leicester 1-1 Norwich, Leicester 1-0 Norwich, Norwich 1-2 Leicester

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