Canaries Can't Contend With Deadly Red Devils
Norwich v Man Utd
Saturday 17:30 - live on ESPN
Manchester United marched to the top of the Premier League with a 3-2 win over Aston Villa last Saturday evening, their fifth straight victory that has seen them move two points clear of nearest rivals Manchester City.
Javier Hernandez's stunning second half hat-trick sealed a fantastic come back from Sir Alex Ferguson's men, meaning that they have come from behind to secure victory on eight separate occasions this season. It could therefore prove profitable to back one of these selections:
Double Result - Norwich/Man Utd @ 22/1
Come From Behind and Win - Man Utd @ 6/1
That man Hernandez is as Fergie says, ‘picking himself at the moment', and who can argue as the Mexican striker has notched eight goals in total so far, four in the Premier League. ‘Chicharito' can be backed at 9/2 to open the scoring and 5/1 to grab two goals or more.
Under the management of Chris Hughton, Norwich seemed to struggle initially this season, some even labelling them as ‘one season wonders'. However, the Canaries' fortunes seem to be back on the right track after excellent Premier League wins over Stoke and Arsenal, while managing to see off Tottenham in the League Cup.
Hughton has no major injury worries to contend as he bids to pit his wits against the most successful team and manager of the Premier League era but will be hopeful that his modest squad can cause an upset at Carrow Road. The hosts can be backed at 13/2 in the Match Betting market while the visitors are a short priced 4/9 to continue their fine winning run.
Chicharito is expected to start upfront alongside Robin van Persie (First goal 3/1) as there are doubts over the fitness of Wayne Rooney. Rooney's participation is subject to his sufficient recovery from the ankle injury that ruled him out of England's midweek international friendly versus Sweden. Defender Jonny Evans may sit out again with a groin injury, while Shinji Kagawa, Phil Jones and Nemanja Vidic (all knee) remain sidelined.
The William Hill Headline offers for this Saturday tea-time encounter surround the goal scoring heroes for both teams. We have enhanced the price on City talisman Grant Holt scoring in a home win to 10/1 while a Javier Hernandez goal in an away win is priced at 2/1.
In reality, Man Utd should have far too much technical ability and attacking prowess for a steady Norwich team. These kind of matches are a bonus for the Canaries, if they can get anything out of them then great, but the players and fans will know that their real bread and butter comes against their lower half rivals. That said, I predict a tight opening to the game followed by a dominant outpour from United.
I'm going to go with a 3-1 Man Utd win at 10/1 and a little bit of a surprise shout, but an anytime Rafael goal is priced at 7/1. I think his attacking probes could prove fruitful.