West Brom v Norwich City Betting Tip Over 2.5 goals – 12 January 2019

Goals expected at Hawthorns

Championship Tips

EnglandWest Brom v Norwich CityEngland
Saturday 12th January 1500hrs
Football – England – Championship
Pick: Over 2.5 goals
Bookmaker: Marathon Bet
Odds: 69/100 (odds taken 22.00 GMT, Friday 11th January)

The biggest game in the Championship on Saturday takes place at the Hawthorns with fourth place hosting second place. Continue reading for a match preview of West Brom against Norwich City with a selected best betting tip.

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West Brom Preview

West Brom have regrouped well having ended up at this level following relegation from the Premier League last season. Darren Moore was given the job on a permanent basis having impressed in temporary charge towards the end of the previous campaign and he has the Baggies well placed to not only finish in the playoffs, but perhaps even challenge for automatic promotion. As it stands, West Brom are five points off top spot and only three points behind Norwich who currently occupy second. Moore’s men have been very strong since the middle of November, going unbeaten in nine games which has got them back into contention for the top two. 2019 never got off to the best start as they went down 2-1 away to Blackburn on New Years Day in a game they probably felt they done enough to win but they recovered to edge past Wigan in the FA Cup last weekend and have been preparing for this game ever since. Nobody has scored more goals in the Championship this season than West Brom and it’s a really refreshing style of football that Moore has instilled in the team. If the team are serious about finishing in the automatic promotion places then this is the sort of game they have to win against one of their rivals at home, and knowing a win on Saturday takes them above their opponents should be a massive incentive.

 

Key-Facts – West Brom v Norwich City

  • West Brom have scored 54 goals this season, the highest in the Championship
  • Norwich have lost only once away this season and are unbeaten in their last 11
  • The Baggies edged the first meeting of the season between the two, winning 4-3 at Carrow Road

 

Norwich City Preview

Whatever happens with Norwich City in the remainder of the season, there’ no question that their supporters have had plenty of entertainment. Daniel Farke’s men sit in second place and have flirted with top spot on a number of occasions. Some of their recent games have been remarkable in terms of scoring and comebacks, and it’s their desire and ability to rescue points from losing positions that has ensured they have stayed in the automatic positions. The Canaries have picked up 17 points from losing positions this season, a league high they share with three other teams – including their opponents on Saturday. Their striker, Teemu Pukki, has scored six of his 15 goals beyond 80 minutes so there is no questioning Norwich’s attitude, although you do wonder how sustainable it is over the course of a season. No team has lost fewer games away from home in the Championship than Norwich either, this season, with their solitary defeat coming back in the middle of August when losing 2-1 at Sheffield United. Considering the nature of this league and how quickly the games come around that is a brilliant record and one they will be looking to extend beyond the weekend.

West Brom v Norwich City Betting Advice

There’s been no shortage of goals in games involving West Brom and Norwich in the Championship this term. They are the two highest scorers in the league with a combined 102, however they have also shipped plenty, a total of 34 each. It suggests there will be goals in this one as well and they shared seven in the first meeting this season, at Carrow Road back in August. West Brom were 4-3 winners on that occasion but one of their scorers on that day, Harvey Barnes, has been recalled to his parent club which is a blow for Moore as Barnes has been excellent in the first half of the season.
Virtually every game in the Championship is important and if either of these teams are to win promotion then all of their remaining 20 games will be crucial, but games against each other are likely to be more significant. I’ve alluded to the strength of Norwich’s away from but the Baggies have been good at home, losing only twice all season. The 13 games at the Hawthorns have produced 49 goals – an average of 3.7 a game, and with Norwich’s 13 away games averaging more than 2.5 goals, the over 2.5 goals selection will hopefully see us in profit.


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