Norwich City v Watford Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Norwich City v Watford

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Friday, November 8, 2019


Carrow Road

Punter's Pick

With both sides struggling for form and sitting at the bottom of the table, this is likely to be a cagey affair as not losing the game will be as much on the team’s minds as getting the three points. It is difficult to pick an outright winner so we feel the under 2.5 goals market offers the best value. Bet365 are offering odds of 6/5 for this game to produce less than three goals and with Norwich scoring two goals in their last six games and Watford producing four goals in their last eight competitive matches, this is a market that is highly likely to materialise.

Norwich City welcome Watford to Carrow Road to kick off the latest round of Premier League fixtures. This is a battle between the two bottom teams in the league and is the proverbial six-pointer as both teams struggle for form. Both sides will be looking at this game as one they can win to kickstart a possible run to safety, but there will be nerves aplenty as a loss will make it increasingly difficult to claw back both momentum and points moving forward.

Norwich come into this game on a winless run of six Premier League games including five losses. There would have been much optimism at the start of the season as they impressively won their second league game 3-1 against Newcastle, with Teemu Pukki netting four goals in their opening two games. Despite losing three games on the bounce thereafter, the Canaries pulled off a result of the season contender, beating champions Manchester City 3-2 at home. However, it has been downhill from that point as the team has failed to kick on and build upon their impressive performances, losing to fellow strugglers Aston Villa and Brighton in that time. Daniel Farke is now under pressure as the team looks to replicate some of their performances that at least gave hope and the downturn in the fortunes of striker Teemu Pukki has been tied to Norwich’s poor form. The striker last scored in the win over Manchester City and has gone goalless since, which has overlapped with the teams winless run in the last six games.

Watford are yet to win a league game this season and there is already talk of another managerial change in the media. The team showed some form in putting together three draws in a row against Sheffield United, Tottenham Hotspur and Bournemouth, conceding just one goal in those three fixtures. The Hornets were in fact unlucky not to be awarded a penalty at Tottenham to claim all three points but their recent exit out of the League Cup to Everton was followed by a 2-1 home loss to Chelsea which has heaped pressure on the manager. Goals has proven to be the issue as the team has shown that they can be solid at the back on various occasions. But with the likes of Troy Deeney missing for long periods through injury, the team has been unable to find the net, scoring just two goals in their last six league games. Their creative players have been pushed forward to support Andre Gray which has lead to a lack of supply which is impacting their ability to carve openings. How they set up for this must-win encounter will be interesting as they need to ensure they have an attacking threat to claim the points and this could create openings in midfield for Norwich to exploit.

In team news, Norwich will welcome back midfielder Mario Vrancic who is available for selection for the first time since August. Ibrahim Amadou and Todd Cantwell are also both fit and could start but a decision will be made closer to match time. 

Watford fans and players will be buoyed by the news that Troy Deeney is under consideration to play some part in this match and they will be looking for their captain and talisman to be the boost the team needs to replicate their form of last season. Etienne Capoue and Ismaila Sarr have also overcome their respective injuries with Craig cathcart recovering from a back spasm to boost their options.

In recent head to heads there isn’t much history between the teams as they have not met since Norwich have been promoted back to the league. The teams last played in the 2015/16 season with each registering a win apiece.

Punter's Pick

With both sides struggling for form and sitting at the bottom of the table, this is likely to be a cagey affair as not losing the game will be as much on the team’s minds as getting the three points. It is difficult to pick an outright winner so we feel the under 2.5 goals market offers the best value. Bet365 are offering odds of 6/5 for this game to produce less than three goals and with Norwich scoring two goals in their last six games and Watford producing four goals in their last eight competitive matches, this is a market that is highly likely to materialise.

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