Norwich have had a decent start to their Premier League campaign, but will they have enough to hold off an Arsenal side who have gone seven matches unbeaten?
Indeed Arsene Wenger’s team have recently looked almost like their old selves, playing expansive football and causing untold problems for opponents’ defences. Norwich have conceded six goals in their last two matches, and the Gunners have scored a whopping 11 in their last three in the league. So unless Paul Lambert’s side tighten things up, we could be in for something of a cricket score. You can back there to be over 3.5 goals in the match at best odds of 6/4 (bet365 – £200 free bets).
Arsenal, having seemingly overcome their turbulent start to the season, are odds on to win at Carrow Road priced at 7/10 (Paddy Power – £100 free betting). This compares to odds of 14/5 (Victor Chandler) for the draw and 9/2 (Boylesports) for a home win.
Robin van Persie has been in electrifying form of late, and looks a fair bet to add to his tally in this match. He can be backed at a very generous 4/1 (Totesport) to open the scoring, and I wouldn’t bet against the Dutchman doing just that.
Of course, despite what the bookies think this is no foregone conclusion. The Gunners have had a habit in recent seasons of lulling their fans into a false sense of security before snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in a game they could and should have won. If Norwich are to have any chance of success on Saturday, though, they will need striker Grant Holt to get himself in the faces of Arsenal’s still unsteady defence. Irish midfielder Anthony Pilkington – the Canaries’ top scorer with four – could also cause problems with his trademark late runs into the box.
But overall we can’t see past a comfortable Arsenal win along with plenty of goals to enjoy.