By William Hill
Last Updated: 7th November 2019
It’s only November but it’s safe to say that Norwich and Watford’s Premier League prognosis looks bleak at best. Here we have two clubs that seem to have already bedded down in the depths of the table, with the Canaries just two points and one position ahead of rock-bottom Watford.
Watford seeing yellow
You would have to go back 16 games for Watford’s last league win. To put this into context, they remain the only outfit in the country’s top four divisions not to win a league game this season, conceding 23 goals in their 11 matches played while scoring just six. And those frustrations are translating across into their game.
There were eight yellow cards in the recent match between Watford and Bournemouth, with no other Premier League match having seen more so far this season. In fact, Watford have picked up nine yellow cards in their last two league games and this encounter against a fellow struggling side, who have not won in the league in nearly two months, could bring with it some scrappy play that could have the referee repeatedly reaching for his cards.
While it’s an unsurprising and not-so-fruitful 17/20 for Watford to be carded first, it’s potentially a more lucrative 9/2 for them to amass over three cards during the game.
Defence best form of attack for Norwich and Watford
Watford’s opposition here are faring slightly better, having at least picked up two wins in the league this season. That said, Norwich have lost five of their last six and are four points shy of making it out of the drop zone, with only fellow bottom-three side Southampton having conceded more goals this season.
Watford haven’t fared much better with just three goals fewer than the Canaries’ total of 26 goals conceded. The Hornets have done much worse in an attacking sense, however, with a pitiful six goals scored in their 11 league matches.
With both sides struggling at both ends of the pitch, it’s hard to predict which way the game is going to go. There certainly are arguments for a cagey affair though, given how much more precious three points can be when taken from another team set for a relegation-battling season. Both teams to score and under 2.5 goals can be backed at 11/2.
Norwich do, however, have Teemu Pukki in their ranks. The striker has bagged six Premier League goals this season, with only five players having scored more, and he is 3/1 to be the first goalscorer on Friday.