The new football season still resembles the opening stages of a 10,000 metres race as teams jockey for early position in a mix of elbows, pushing and hesitancy which ensures that as yet, no discernable pattern has emerged.

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Indeed, following Norwich City’s 1-1 draw against Queens Park Rangers, the dreaded “second season syndrome” appears to be infiltrating Carrow Road. Surrendering a lead to Rangers will not have pleased manager Chris Hughton, who takes his charges back to one of his old stamping grounds, White Hart Lane, tomorrow.

On paper, bookies consider this a banker home win, William Hill installing Spurs as their overwhelming 2/5 favourites, but it’s worth recalling that Norwich won 2-1 at the Lane last term, so continuing this fixture’s remarkable recent record – in the pair’s last eight meetings, there has been only one home triumph. This one, too, could produce a surprise result.

However, given Norwich’s indifferent start, bookies install them as massive underdogs, bet365 pricing them at an enormous 15/2 to register their first win of the campaign; even the draw is offered at a hefty 4/1 by Stan James. Backers expecting another Norwich success can get 20/1 (bet365) against them securing another 2-1 win.

It would be wonderful to believe that City could repeat last season’s success at Spurs, one of only three home league defeats the Londoners suffered all season, but more circumspect punters are clearly prepared to hedge their bets. This accounts for the support afforded to Skybet’s colossal 9/1 against it finishing 1-1. Meanwhile, Stan James rates the chances of both halves ending on level terms at 15/2 and BetVictor.com chalk 18/1 against the Canaries winning following a drawn opening period.

In bet365’s handicap market, City are 2/1 to win when kicking off with a one-goal advantage and 10/11 with BetVictor.com to record victory when handed a two-goal start. Are Spurs really that good?

4 comments

  • It has to be seen as a likely home win. We did beat them last season, though. I`ve got my bet on a Norwich win, same as last time. Quite lucrative, linked with picking out the correct scorers! I had £10 on 1p5wich to lose 6-0 at Blackpool last week. That was also lucrative, though not such long odds as NCFC beating Spurs. Also won a few pints from noisy Donkeyfans who had strayed this way on hols. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • Do you ever dry up Gedward. Your trolling is quite sad. You have nothing intelligent or constructive to say so why not at least try to exercise that brain of yours assuming that there is indeed something between your ears! You're not even slightly funny any more, just boring as we have all heard it all before many times. No doubt we will get a 'just got back' one second after the final whistle. Night night, I'm feeling sleepy.

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    baguio

    Friday, August 31, 2012

  • Brilliant. Another example of Gedward spouting drivel. Wrong wrong and wrong again. OTBC

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    baguio

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • Yes. Love Ged.

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    Ged Steroo

    Friday, August 31, 2012

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