Brighton & Hove Albion v Norwich City Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Saturday, November 2, 2019


Amex Stadium

Punter's Pick

Norwich to pick up a draw with a +1 goal handicap is about as good as it may get for the visitors, and can be backed at an interesting looking 11/4 with Bet365. Never side has been pulling up trees in front of goal, so 2.5 goals and under at 6/5, again with Bet365 could also prove to be a useful punt.

Struggling Norwich City visit Brighton in dire need of a result as they continue to sink towards a quick return to the Championship.

Win over champions a distant memory

An optimistic start to the new season for the Canaries, which saw the record home wins over Newcastle United and perhaps more memorably, defending champions Manchester City already seems like an eternity ago. Since that famous evening against City, the Canaries have lost four of their next five league games, to leave them firmly in the relegation places.

The manner of some of those defeats will also be alarming for manager Daniel Farke, with a 5-1 defeat at home to Aston Villa particularly humiliating. Their abject performance last weekend against a struggling Manchester United team too would not have gone unnoticed, as they let the Red Devils cruise to a 3-1 win and also allowed them the luxury of two missed penalties. They will need to step up their performances very quickly if they are not find themselves cut adrift in the bottom three by Christmas.

Steady Seagulls staying safe for now

By contrast, Saturday’s opponents for the Canaries have continued their slow and steady accumulation, rarely going too long without picking up points. Currently, Brighton sit in fourteenth position, four points clear of the relegation places. After last season’s struggles and a near miss with relegation, most fans would be more than happy for the club to remain in the relative safety of lower mid-table.

New manager Graham Potter has managed to bring about a change in their style of play to go alongside their decent points return so far this season. The direct approach favoured under predecessor Chris Hughton has given way to an intricate and patient passing game, with Brighton looking to play out from the back on a regular basis. Slowly but surely his side have responded, and it will be interesting to see as teams work out Brighton’s new strategy whether they will face the same high pressing tactics as top six teams normally do as they look to play out.

Team News

Key summer signing Leandro Trossard is pushing for a starting place for Brighton after impressing as a substitute last weekend on his return from a groin injury. Brighton are also further boosted by the return of Aaron Mooy from suspension and Shane Duffy should also be fit after a minor knock.

Norwich expect full-back Jamal Lewis to recover in time from illness to be available. 

Ibrahim Amadou and Todd Cantwell are injury doubts, and last week’s goalscorer against Manchester United Onel Hernandez could miss out as he awaits the birth of his child.

More away day blues for Canaries?

With only one away point all season, Norwich have yet to find a formula to be competitive on the road, and Saturday is likely to prove no exception. Brighton have begun to click under Graham Potter and their quick and incisive passing game is likely to create more than enough chances to make it another bleak afternoon on the horizon for the visitors.

Punter's Pick

Norwich to pick up a draw with a +1 goal handicap is about as good as it may get for the visitors, and can be backed at an interesting looking 11/4 with Bet365. Never side has been pulling up trees in front of goal, so 2.5 goals and under at 6/5, again with Bet365 could also prove to be a useful punt.

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