Bookies have Norwich City favourites

It’s back. The time has arrived for Norwich fans to start shouting their side on this weekend, only it will be in the prestige Premier League this time around.

The Canaries will certainly find out what life is all about in the top flight sooner rather than later, as they face an exciting trip to Wigan, where they bid to emulate Blackpool last season, who triumphed emphatically at the DW Stadium following promotion.

Punters envisaging Paul Lambert’s men delivering a second consecutive opening day defeat to the Latics can get a generous 11/4 via Paddy Power, although Partybet’s 9/2 about them nicking a single-goal victory could prove popular. More pinpoint punters seeking a direct hit via a correct score, however, may snap up Betdaq’s 11.0 (10/1) for a 1-0 away win, especially as five of Wigan’s six home defeats last term failed to see them reply. This also brings into play Skybet’s insurance offer about Lambert’s boys winning ‘to nil’.

While three points on the opening day would be a perfect start, a draw would also be a good result, and last season’s statistics point in that direction as the hosts drew eight of their 19 home games. Ladbrokes wave 12/5 about a stalemate tomorrow, although with five of those draws at the DW Stadium finishing 1-1 (6/1, Boylesports), backers may opt for both sides netting at Victor Chandler’s 3/4. Should City find the net, then punters can steam into Sportingbet’s 13/2 about Grant Holt breaking the deadlock, while Stan James go an eye-watering 9/4 for him to put an early stamp on the Premier League by scoring at any stage.

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