Carrow Road will be packed to the rafters on Sunday afternoon, with Norwich supporters hoping to see their team follow up a decent 1-1 draw at Wigan with a victory over a Stoke side that are not renowned for winning away matches.
The Canaries have achieved a double promotion to bounce from League One to the Premier in the space of two years and they certainly didn’t seem out of place at the DW last weekend. Perhaps they will fancy their chances against a side that played in Switzerland on Thursday, with 13/8 (Paddy Power – £100 free bets) available that Paul Lambert’s team win the match.
It is clear that Norwich will be full of attacking intent this season, with the manager selecting new signing Steve Morison in addition to Grant Holt and Wes Hoolahan. It was the latter that scored his team’s equaliser against the Latics and the player known as ‘Hot Lips’ is on offer at 10/1 (bet365 – £200 free betting) to break the deadlock against the Potters.
Even so, while the east Anglian team aim to stay in the division, Stoke have loftier ambitions this season and stand on the verge of the Europa League after a 1-0 away win against FC Thun. Tony Pulis has signed classy defenders in the form of Jonathan Woodgate and Matthew Upson this season, with the visitors available at 15/8 (William Hill) to claim victory.
Stoke demonstrated against Chelsea last weekend that they are a tough nut to crack and they have players to cause Norwich plenty of problems, with Kenwyne Jones (13/2 Victor Chandler) and Jon Walters (7/1 Ladbrokes) likely to be leading the line, although we should never pass up an opportunity to back Robert Huth at odds of 20/1 (Ladbrokes). The German defender was among the top scorers for his team last season.