Carrow Road roar could hold the key

BETTING: A hard-fought draw on the opening day of the season for Norwich was a result many would have gladly settled for this time last weekend, and that point certainly sets things up nicely for the arrival of Stoke on Sunday.

The bookies have clearly not forgotten the men in yellow’s excellent form at Carrow Road last season, as Betdaq make the hosts their 2.5 (6/4) favourites to land a maximum haul. The fact Stoke failed to win in 16 of their 19 away games last term suggests Paul Lambert’s men can make life difficult for them once again. The fact Stoke conceded two goals in seven of those away defeats may additionally encourage investors into a 2-0 (10/1, Totesport) or 2-1 (17/2, Skybet) home win.

Punters with good memories may also recall Norwich coming from behind on a number of occasions here last season, which may see some takers of Paddy Power’s monster 12/1 for them to ‘win from behind’, although those looking for a calmer afternoon may punt the hosts to stay ahead at the end of both halves (7/2, Ladbrokes). The final say in what promises to be a memorable 90 minutes goes to Grant Holt, who sent many fans away from Carrow Road on good terms with themselves last season. The hitman is a best price of 13/2 with Victor Chandler to score first on Sunday, although following last season’s late drama, backers may consider covering themselves on him scoring the final goal at the same price.