Betting: Why a draw between Norwich City and Southampton cannot be discounted

Norwich City players celebrate as they see the free kick by Robert Snodgrass hit the back of the net

Norwich City players celebrate as they see the free kick by Robert Snodgrass hit the back of the net for the equaliser at Southampton when the pair drew 1-1 at St Mary's back in November. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Two sides yet to secure their respective Premier League berths next term meet at Carrow Road tomorrow, the words 'a banker draw' seemingly plastered all over the fixture.

Both are low on confidence and desperately short of victories. Norwich have won only one of their last 11 league matches, while Southampton, humbled by Queens Park Rangers at home last week, have managed to register maximum points only twice in their last dozen attempts. If that looks like the perfect backdrop to a stalemate, then punters will also recall that the pair drew 1-1 when they met at St Mary's back in November.

Despite this scenario, Norwich kick off priced as Coral's 11/8 favourites to capture three points and while the Saints are installed as BetVictor's 11/5 underdogs, picking a winner is a particularly tough assignment.

Perhaps because of this, Stan James' 5/2, posted in favour of the teams sharing the points, cannot be discounted.

Yet City boast an impressive home record – of the teams occupying the places in the top flight's bottom half, only Stoke have lost fewer home matches. However, punters expecting another close contest can get 15/8 (Paddy Power) against the opening half finishing goalless, while less precise backers may prefer bet365's 11/10 for the first 45 minutes to end with honours even.

Skybet post an attractive 9/2 against both halves concluding on level terms, but for those expecting Norwich to build on a solid first-half performance and subsequently capture all three points, Ladbrokes chalk 9/2 about them emerging victorious following a drawn opening period.

The draw has been well supported in a number of guises and William Hill have attracted plenty of business to their 14/1 price marked in favour of the match finishing 2-2. Stan James's 4/6 odds for both teams to score has also captured punters' attention, but there is a belief that City can claim three points from this fixture. Backers anticipating a much-needed home success can get 10/1 (BetVictor.com) against City winning 2-1, while bet365 chalk 8/1 about a 1-0 win for Chris Hughton's men.

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