It’s 8/1 for a repeat of that 2005 win margin

BETTING: Following last Saturday’s chastening at the Etihad Stadium, Norwich City welcome high-flying Newcastle to Carrow Road, a team they last met in the Premier League in 2005, winning 2-1 at Carrow Road.

Despite occupying sixth place in the league table and being 10 points better off than the Canaries, Newcastle are (19/10) at Skybet to register a win. Norwich, who have taken 10 points from their last five home matches and suffered just two home defeats this term, are 6/4 with Ladbrokes to return to winning ways and 8/1 (Totesport) to repeat 2005’s 2-1 success.

Newcastle have kept only one clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League outings while Norwich, as everyone knows, have not managed one at all. Accordingly, Betfred offer 8/11 about both teams scoring, while Boylesports rate the chances of City enjoying a one goal margin of victory as a generous-looking 3/1 shot.

In other markets, Steve Morison, on target against Manchester City, is Paddy Power’s 13/2 second favourite to notch the opener. Norwich have scored first in half of their league games this term, but collected just 13 points from those seven matches. Newcastle, by contrast, have also opened the scoring on seven occasions, but gone on to win all seven. Sportingbet rate Norwich a 17/20 shot to find the net first. Newcastle are evens with the same firm.

The visitors have lost only once away from St James’ Park this season, but the 18/5 (Victor Chandler) for the match to finish as a score draw cannot be discounted – more precise punters may prefer the 6/1 posted by bet365 about it finishing 1-1, while those content to err on the side of caution can get 12/5 (Partybets) against the match draw.

Norwich faced a very good Manchester City side last weekend and while Newcastle will be no pushovers tomorrow, bookies believe there’s a greater chance of a Canaries’ win. The 10/3 posted by Stan James against the home side leading 1-0 at half time has obvious appeal.