Goals on the cards in derby

BETTING: As everyone knows, Norwich's season got off to the worst possible start when they crashed 7-1 to Colchester at Carrow Road, but they have an opportunity to rectify matters when they travel to Essex tomorrow, The Canaries' status as League One's form team ensures that Ladbrokes install them as their 13/8 favourites to secure maximum points, with Colchester priced at 17/10 by Betdaq.

As everyone knows, Norwich's season got off to the worst possible start when they crashed 7-1 to Colchester at Carrow Road, but they have an opportunity to rectify matters when they travel to Essex tomorrow,

The Canaries' status as League One's form team ensures that Ladbrokes install them as their 13/8 favourites to secure maximum points, with Colchester priced at 17/10 by Betdaq. But the home side has suffered just one defeat in eight games and while they're six points adrift of Norwich in the League One table, they have two games in hand.

Indeed, while Norwich boast an excellent record when it comes to opening the scoring in league fixtures, Colchester's record is marginally better. Given each side's goalscoring prowess, 888Sport's 3/4 odds for them both to find the net cannot be discounted. In adjacent markets, William Hill price Norwich at 11/4 to score in both halves and bet365 chalk even money about them notching the opener.

As one might expect, with just two places separating the sides, the draw has been well backed. Both Jaxx.com's 12/5, posted against the match draw, and Stan James's even money for the opening period to finish level have found favour among punters. It's worth recalling that the corresponding fixture ended 1-1 two seasons ago and a repeat of that outcome is considered an 11/2 chance by Partybets, while Victor Chandler mark a goalless outcome at 17/2. In Totesport's half-time-full-time market, the likelihood of both halves ending with honours even is considered a 4/1 shot.


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Bolder punters expecting Norwich to seek revenge for their 7-1 humiliation may be tempted by Betfred's 4/1 for the Canaries to win when kicking off with a one-goal deficit. Less bullish types will expect Norwich to win, but by a narrower margin than that favoured by handicap market enthusiasts. For them, Paddy Power's 13/2, chalked against a 1-0 away win, will be sufficient revenge - and potentially very rewarding.

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