Betting: More goals on the cards as Norwich City meet Wolves
Four of the previous seven meetings between Norwich City and Wolves have ended in stalemate, but few punters expect that to be five from eight by 5pm tomorrow.
Instead, many backers have been taking advantage of Partybets' generous-looking 5/6 for City to cast their recent wobbly form aside and secure three points.
Bottom-placed Wolves arrive at Carrow Road priced at 13/5 with Skybet to earn a point and as Boylesports' understandably long 7/2 underdogs to register a win. Though City have lost four of their last five matches by a single goal, both punters and their supporters are expecting the tide to turn tomorrow – Paddy Power rates them at 17/10 to keep a clean sheet.
The pair's last three encounters have yielded 17 goals, a record which adds appeal to Stan James's 2/1 odds for it to produce more than 3.5 goals. Such goalscoring prowess also puts an attractive sheen on BetVictor's 7/4 price for the game's total goal minutes to exceed 172 – the total in December's 2-2 draw at Molineux was 207.
In other markets, William Hill make Norwich a chunky-looking 11/5 chance to win without conceding and bet365 price them at 15/8 to win when kicking off with a one-goal deficit. Elsewhere, it's hardly surprising to see Betfred chalk 4/7 in favour of the Canaries opening the scoring, although Blue Square's 11/4 for Paul Lambert's men to enjoy a one-goal margin of victory catches the eye.
Wolves would probably settle for a point, but punters who foresee Norwich dominating from the outset can get 13/8 (Ladbrokes) against them holding the lead at the end of both halves. Of course, faced with a very real threat of relegation, Wolves are expected to battle and a 1-1 outcome, priced at 13/2 by Boylesports, cannot be completely discounted.
More likely, according to pre-match betting patterns, is a Norwich victory – they're 15/2 at Skybet to win 1-0 and bet365's 8/1 shots to register a much-needed 2-0 win.