Betting: Do not rule out another 1-1 draw for Norwich City

Sunday, September 23, 2012
2:42 PM

Although both league matches involving Norwich and Newcastle produced conclusive results when they met last season, the recent propensity for both teams to draw means that Stan James’ 23/10 for today’s duel at St James’ Park to conclude with honours even cannot be discounted.

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Norwich make the long journey north priced as BetVictor’s massive 4/1 outsiders and, while they may not have recorded a Premier League victory so far this term, those odds look far too frothy.

Newcastle, who showed remarkable resilience against Everton at Goodison Park last time out, snatching a last- minute equaliser, kick off as Skybet’s 4/6 favourites, but punters’ interest in the stalemate is evident across a variety of markets.

For example, Ladbrokes chalk 4/1 against both halves finishing on level terms and Paddy Power offer 7/1 against it ending 1-1, the most popular outcome in the match’s correct score market.

Elsewhere, bet365’s 6/1 for Norwich to win by a margin of one goal looks very good value, although BetVictor’s 19/5 chalked against the probability of it ending as a score draw also catches the eye.

Norwich lost the corresponding fixture 1-0 last season, but punters who suspect the Canaries are capable of reversing that result can get 6/4 (Stan James) about them opening the scoring.

It is not as though most backers are anticipating a goalfest, though, an attitude which accounts for the 11/10 price offered by Skybet about the match yielding fewer than 2.5 goals.

City have been frustrated by four London-based teams so far this term. Perhaps a change of scenery as they head north will result in a welcome victory.

Uncertain punters may fancy the look of bet365’s 12/1 chalked against a goalless outcome, though more positive types may fancy the 14/1 offered by BetVictor.com for the Canaries to register a 1-0 win.

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