Holt's return shortens the odds for an away victory

The Canaries put last Friday's home defeat by Watford behind them on Tuesday when knocking Gillingham out of the Carling Cup, virtue of an emphatic 4-1 victory.

The Canaries put last Friday's home defeat by Watford behind them on Tuesday when knocking Gillingham out of the Carling Cup, virtue of an emphatic 4-1 victory.

It ensures they will go into tomorrow's Championship clash at Scunthorpe (13/8, Ladbrokes) full of confidence.

City are 9/5 with bet365 to land all three points at Glanford Park, where they were 1-0 victors in 2007 - the first time the pair had met since 1964. A repeat of that 1-0 scoreline tomorrow is priced at 7/1 by Totesport.

Tuesday's victory owed a lot to the return of influential captain Grant Holt, who is 4/1 (William Hill) to net first tomorrow, while Chris Martin - who also grabbed two on Tuesday - is 13/2 with Victor Chandler to notch the opener.


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Scunthorpe have got off to good start, winning 2-1 at Reading on the opening day and then following up in midweek with a 2-1 home defeat of Oldham.

Considering there have been three goals or more in both Norwich and Scunthorpe's four matches so far, Jaxx.com's 11/4 about there being a minimum of four on Saturday has obvious appeal. Partybets are 5/6 about both teams scoring.

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The final quote of interest is the mouth-watering 25/1 on offer from Paddy Power about Scunthorpe leading at half-time and for Norwich to emerge triumphant at 90 minutes - City have conceded first on both occasions this term.

Elsewhere in the Championship, Nottingham Forest (21/25, Betdaq) host Leeds (7/2, 888sport) on Sunday in what should be a lively encounter. Forest were undefeated in 20 of their 23 league home games last term, but have yet to get off the mark this season, and lost at Bradford City in midweek.

They'll be pleased to get back on home turf and face a Leeds side that were unexpectedly turned over at Elland Road by Derby on the opening day, but bounced back in midweek to record a 5-0 win over Lincoln. This should be tight - five of their last seven meetings have ended all square - and backing the draw at 9/4 (Stan James) could pay dividends.

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