Draw specialists Norwich City and Everton thinking positive

Sebastien Bassong snatches a last minute equaliser for Norwich City at Goodison Park in November. Sebastien Bassong snatches a last minute equaliser for Norwich City at Goodison Park in November.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
10:53 AM

Norwich City and Everton will be eager to shake off their “draw specialists” tag when they meet at Carrow Road on Saturday – for very different reasons.

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The two clubs have drawn a combined total of 23 Premier League games this season, with Everton’s 12 draws the joint highest tally in the top flight along with Stoke City, and the Canaries finishing 11 fixtures all square, including four of their last five matches.

Chris Hughton’s men are seeking to end a run of nine league games without a win to try to extend the six-point gap between themselves and the bottom three in the table, while David Moyes’ team will be anxious not to lose touch with the Champions League qualifying places after just one win in five league matches has left them six points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham.

Recent history favours another draw, however, with the last three meetings between Norwich and Everton ending with honours even.

Defender Sébastien Bassong’s last-minute equaliser earned City a point from a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park in November, the same scoreline as the corresponding Premier League game in 2011-12, while the Carrow Road fixture on Easter Saturday last season ended 2-2.

While Everton are the bookmakers’ favourites to win on Saturday, betting expert Peter Sharkey, of Betrescue, said he could see why the draw held plenty of appeal.

He said: “I think the fact that Everton are favoured to win – they’re 11/10 with Ladbrokes – has more to do with the fact that Norwich haven’t won any of their last nine league fixtures, a record which explains the home side’s 11/4 price with BetVictor.com.

“However, backing the draw makes sense, partly because of Norwich’s awkward predicament – I would argue they’re at least 10 points from safety – and partly because of Everton’s inability to win matches they’ve dominated.

“Bookies appear to agree as bet365 offer 10/3 against a score draw and that’s quite short, although the ‘match draw’ price of 9/4 is about normal for a Premier League fixture.”

In the correct score betting market, a 1-1 draw attracts the shortest odds, ranging from 5/1 to 7/1.

City have already chalked up as many draws as in the whole of last season, but are not in danger of threatening their biggest number of draws in a single campaign – a joint Football League record of 23 in 1978-79 – and are still some way short of their highest Premier League tally of 17 in 1993-94.

But while admitting that his players need to start winning again – the Canaries’ last Premier League victory came against Wigan nearly 10 weeks ago – Hughton was grateful for small mercies after they bagged another point from the goalless draw at home to Fulham.

“It is a point and if you can’t win these games, you’ve certainly got to make sure you don’t lose them,” he said.

Meanwhile, former Everton and Norwich striker and Goodison manager Joe Royle said this week that a Champions League place was still within reach for Moyes and his team, despite their failure to convert one point into three on occasions.

“There have already been too many draws to seriously contest the Premier League,” said Royle. “But you start out every year wanting the best realistically – and there’s still a very live chance of fourth place and still a near certainty, in my eyes, of the top six.”

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36 comments

  • 'touth' sorry people, thats obviously youth !

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • No ageism please . We cant all be pretty boys and dream of being ia a boy band. Some of us are gnarled, but experienced and experience allows us our views, which count as much as those of a callow touth. So on to soccer, expect another point on City's stumble to survival and another outing for 1-4-5-1.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • To put things in perspective I guess the best we could hope for in a successful season would be to draw 10 or 12, win 10 or 12 and lose 14 to 16. With goals foragainst about even. We won't make the goal dif this year but 3 wins would bring us close to these stats.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • We will beat Everton

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • "Jolly good show. Oh I say,play up City! Absolutely splendid". ...........Phew.............hope that wasn't considered too controversial....Oh good. Not been censored....

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • It certainly is, cutty! I don`t know quite why I knew that word, but I do know I know I`m impressed that you knew it too!! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Gadzooks! The Sad Oxter beat me to it! I am so impressed. You don`t have to be a professor in anything in order to be interested in it. So no need for your inferiority complex, Ox. Or perhaps there is. Just get used to it.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Isn't oxter old english for armpit?

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    cutty

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Softening us up for another draw? I`d probably take that at the moment. But we do need to WIN a game soon. Surviving on a string of draws is brinkmanship . Two or three wins + a few `scraps` and we`ll be there.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • That`s a welcome and refreshing change; our Guru is back. We are unworthy.......

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • In honesty, I`d be happy (ish) with a draw from this one, too and delighted with a win. Everton is a class outfit - lost only 4 league games this season. I recall they were Fellaini-less last time? He is a major threat if he`s playing. Be interesting to see how City line up; probably as you say? Thanks MBA Marine. I`m not an English scholar in a formal way. I just like English! Good idea not to agree with me too much - you were once accused of BEING me for doing that & vice-versa! Wise words from Kelvedon. Btw; "Flown the Nest-Watch". Moro scored his 1st goal for Leeds last night. Listened to a bit of commentary on R5, he seemed to be having a good game. As Sheryl Crow might say "A change will do you good".OTBC

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • I shall bring him low and devour his off-spring

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    The man

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Do I need to explain to you the concept of "the man"? Really??? You know you've won when they go after the spelling.

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • I'm with you man.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Pity the Archant machine doesn't have a dull filter so I wouldn't have to suffer Steady On

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    B Inners

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • …. MBA.. What on earth makes you think the Crow is young?... Frustrated..Yes! ...Lacking in inteligence...Yes...probably obese!, and can't bare to see her own reflection..... Gentlemen, We should show pity to this sad misguided individual, and offer our prayers that one day a miracle will happen, and some improvement, however slight could take place!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Steady On show some respect to those older than you, they have had many decades to gain knowledge. I do not always agree with Brewer but I respect how articulate he is and his grasp of English old and new far surpasses my education and your too by the looks of things.

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    MBA Marine

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Beats McDonald`s!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • To paraphrase the sixth sense, I see old people!

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Except Steroo, of course

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    KelvedonCanary

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • testing 1 2

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    The man

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • You really are an utter fool , SO. People have offered you`Olive branches` and you rejected them. You continue to insult people and still wonder why they do not like you. You get hysterical at the slightest stimulus. You want to make enemies. Why?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • What "Man"? The only `rage` on show today is that of S\O. Is this person allowed out unattended? I will not resort to describing you as a twerp. Oops, I just have, and my computer incompetence prevents me deleting it. Shame. Get some therapy, S\O. Btw, your spelling has improved. Is it the medication?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • We won't win. We're rubbish. Warm regards - Ged (legend)

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    Ged Steroo

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Steady On, please, leave it. You've insulted and been insulted a lot over the last 2 days. Let it go. If you stay quiet for a week or so, I am pretty sure that most posters would be happy to engage in insult-free debate with you, even after all that has gone before. As you say, you are a Norwich supporter - we all are.

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    KelvedonCanary

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • I find it hilarious that you guys rage against censorship when it's blatantly your own personal incompetence that is causing posts to be repeated or not appear at all. That’s right, stick it to the "Man" haha

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • He's off again. Give it a rest do!

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    ScotCan

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Innocuous, supportive comment ethered.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Who taketh my name in vain?

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    The man

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • morro had a good game last night.maybe leeds are more attack minded than us brew.

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    bluelight

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • ask Mad Brewer, he's apparently a professor in english and he's old for sure. Ooooooooold

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • I actually feel that a point at home against Everton is not to be sneezed at, all three would be a bonus but one will do. Its the draws[ and lack of adventure in trying to score] against the teams around us in the league that are annoying

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Is that a registered trademark, `the man`? You could take out an injunction on Silly Oxter.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • ….The machine must have developed a fault over the weekend and has just been repaired....now its having a go at every thing and every one.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Not having posted on these boards for a while but having looked in now and again it is apparent much has not changed. Not so many trolls, same pessimists, similar barbed comments punctuated by a few words of wisdom, the same idiots, Ged primarily, if only the ethering machine had been confined to Archie Kings scrap yard but it hasn't. Oh dear me.

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Innocuous, supportive comment seconded.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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