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West Brom v Norwich Betting Odds, Preview and Predictions

Can Canaries keep unbeaten form going?

21st December 2012 / Lee A Jackson
Premier League Betting

West Brom v Norwich Betting Preview
Just a few weeks ago it looked inconceivable that there would be just two points separating the sides when coming together in this fixture. West Brom were riding high in the Premier League taking four wins on the bounce, while Norwich, at the start of October hadn’t picked up a single win. A superb run of form from the Canaries, co-inciding with a slump from the Baggies has brought the two close together.

West Brom v Norwich Betting Odds at online bookmaker SportingBet
West Brom Evens, Draw 5/2, norwich 14/5

West Brom v Norwich Recommended Bet:
The Baggies have impressive home form for the season, winning six, drawing one and losing two. However, that has to be put into perspective, as Steve Clarke’s men have not won in their last two at the Hawthorns. A shock 1-0 home defeat against Stoke was followed up by a goalless draw against West Ham and that has been part of a slide which has seen the Baggies slump to four games without a win, losing three. So it is a testing time for Steve Clarke at the moment, but they will be favourites going in this fixture as they have been good at home. The Baggies have conceded just six goals all season at home, keeping five clean sheets. Stretching that form back further, they have kept eight clean sheets in their last 13 Premier League home matches.

That is pretty good and you would expect it to count for something against Norwich who aren’t a high scoring team. But West Brom have seen their own goals dry up, not managing to find the back of the net in their last three games. It has been a total of five hours and 15 minutes in which they haven’t scored. A positive though is that they have opened the scoring in more home games than any other side this season (seven times) and that has been important, because they have only picked up one point from a losing position this season. It could be a nervy afternoon for West Brom, but they are due a goal and all those clean sheets have to count for something.

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But they will run into a Norwich side who have gone unbeaten in their last ten Premier League matches, their second longest unbeaten run in the top flight. A positive for Norwich besides their current form, which has seen them win six of the last ten, is that six of the last seven meetings between these two sides has ended in an away win (including the last four in a row). Just to put the run of Norwich into context, over the last ten matches, they are sitting second only to Manchester United in points gained. Their away form has improved dramatically, drawing four and winning one of their last five, that was after three defeats in their first four away games. So Norwich’s big successes have come at home, but they still have confidence and form to upset the Baggies. Norwich have scored in each of their last six matches now, netting eight goals in their last three. The Canaries should be good for a point, if a win comes, then it will likely be by a one goal margin, that is the margin by which all of their previous wins have come by. A West Brom/Draw Half Time/Full Time bet for a price of 16/1 at online bookmaker Sportingbet could be worth taking, they are good enough for a draw.

West Brom WWLLLD, Norwich DDWWLW

Stat Attack
The Baggies are without a goal in their last three games, Norwich have 8 in their last three
The last four meetings between the two clubs has resulted in an away win
West Brom have opened the scoring in seven of their home matches this season
The Baggies have 8 clean sheets in their last 13 EPL matches at The Hawthorns
Norwich have scored the most direct free kicks in the top flight this term

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