Premier League Betting: Norwich v Man United - Fan v Fan Preview



Norwich perspective: Matt, Holtamania.

Team news

We go into the game without any new injury concerns, though it seems Russell Martin’s back problem hasn't healed yet. Steven Whittaker will hold on to the right-back position, then, which is fair enough as he’s been excellent in his two starts. Alexander Tettey withdrew from the Norway squad but appears in good enough shape to retain his place, while Wes Hoolahan’s 45 minutes for Ireland just proved exactly how classy the man is. He was a thoroughbred in a team of shire ponies.

Form

We enter this match on the back of a good run; we went unbeaten against Arsenal, Villa, Stoke and Reading, keeping three clean sheets in the process. While few will expect a shock similar to the Arsenal game, the relative despondency and fear that previously came with facing big teams is gone. We’ve shown we can play well when we want to, and hopefully that will continue.

Head-to-head

Last year was a tale of two completely frustrating games. At Old Trafford we played admirably, coped with an onslaught, had great chances on the counter but eventually succumbed, while at Carrow Road we were deservedly level only to be done, in Fergie time, by bloody Ryan Giggs. You always fear it against Man Utd; but our own dogged late shows are reminiscient of theirs.

Best bets

Robin van Persie to score at 1.60. If he starts, this is pretty much a sure thing.

Man Utd/Man Utd HT/FT at 2.05. There’s a bit of value here given our tendency to go behind against big teams early.

Grant Holt to score at 3.35. For a bit of home interest, back the striker to continue his run of scoring against the big sides. He netted against Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.

Score prediction: Norwich 1-3 Man United (12.00)

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Man United perspective
: Chudi Onwuazor, The Busby Way.

Team news

Manchester United could be without Wayne Rooney, who took a knock to his ankle against Villa, whilst Jonny Evans may not be ready to return from the hamstring complaint that has seen him miss out since the Braga game. Phil Jones is fit but should be held back for Tuesday’s game against Galatasaray, whilst Nani, Kagawa and Vidic are still absent.

Form

Whether you like Manchester United or not, one thing this incarnation of Sir Alex’s side guarantees is entertainment. Last week’s win over Aston Villa was typical, as a poor start and performance in general was masked by a quick salvo of goals by Javier Hernandez. Undefeated since the loss to Spurs at the end of September, United sit top of the table and will take some beating with the firepower we possess.

Head-to-head

Manchester United have face Norwich six times in the Premier League era, winning all but one. But the last two visits have been quite uncomfortable for Sir Alex’s side: we lost at Carrow Road in 2005 and required a last-minute goal from Ryan Giggs to steal three points last season. Norwich’s win over Arsenal earlier this month is a testament to how tough they can make games there but United have the firepower to blast past the Canaries.

Best bets

Javier Hernandez to score at 1.95. He’s forced his way into contention and can’t seem to stop scoring at the moment.

United to keep a clean sheet at 2.35. Despite Manchester United’s leaky defence, Norwich are the joint lowest scoring team in the league. They have managed just eight goals, making this a tempting bet.

Over 3.5 goals at 2.35. United have kept up their goalscoring and against one of the weaker teams in the league we could be in for a feast.

Score prediction: Norwich 1-3 Man United (12.00)

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