Betting: Liverpool are favourites to leave Norwich City with three points
10:30 27 April 2012
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Though Norwich City fell behind to a Craig Bellamy goal late in the first half when they faced Liverpool at Anfield back in October, they held their nerve and pulled a goal back midway through the second period to salvage a deserved point.
Paul Lambert’s men have an ideal opportunity to take three points when they entertain a very indifferent Liverpool tomorrow, mindful that victory could conceivably push them into the Premier League’s top ten.
While City trailed 1-0 at half-time at Anfield, Blue Square make them their 3/1 choice to hold an advantage when the teams disappear for their half-time cuppa tomorrow. Punters who suspect that City are capable of dominating both halves can get 11/2 (BetVictor.com) against them being in front at 45 and at 90 minutes.
Gruelling though the campaign has been at times, Norwich have been a revelation this term and now have just 270 minutes of football remaining to stake a claim to a place in the top half of the league table, although bookies are not convinced they will take a decisive step tomorrow, Stan James pricing them at 3/1 to win. Liverpool, by contrast, come to Carrow Road as Ladbrokes’ even money favourites and, given the Reds’ propensity to draw this term, it’s worth noting that Coral’s 13/5, chalked against another stalemate, has proved very popular.
Should Norwich score the first goal, rated a 6/4 shot by bet365, they’ll be big favourites to register three points. Accordingly, Boylesports’ 13/2 price, chalked against Grant Holt opening the scoring is worth considering.
Given Norwich’s recent spate of sluggish performances – two wins in 11 matches in all competitions – the likelihood of a 1-1 outcome, priced at 6/1 by Skybet, should not be ignored. Punters can also get even money with Paddy Power on the match producing fewer than three goals, while Blue Square offer 5/6 in their total goal minutes market against the aggregate being under 140 minutes.
Ladbrokes price a 2-0 home win at an incredibly attractive 22/1.