Back starting Hernandez as Man Utd head to Norwich

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Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Javier Hernandez is 99 per cent likely to start at Norwich and as a result, 6/5 is a reasonable price that the Mexican scores again and Manchester United leave Carrow Road with three points.

Hernandez has been free-scoring of late with goals in each of his last five appearances for the club, scoring seven times in this run.

His display against Aston Villa was particularly game-changing and this form is set to be rewarded with a start against Norwich, especially with Wayne Rooney doubtful after collecting an ankle injury against Villa.

Hernandez is 4/5 to strike at any time in the 90 minutes and a potentially lucrative 9/2 to break the deadlock, although backing Man Utd to open the scoring in any game at present is a risk in itself.

This is a game that Manchester United should win, especially if they want to regain the Premier League title, but 4/9 is not the best price that they triumph.

Norwich are unbeaten in their last four Premier League games and most noteworthy is the partnership developing between Michael Turner and Sebastien Bassong in central defence, who have kept three clean sheets in tandem.

This brings some merit to the handicap markets, where there is a certainly a case for siding with Norwich.

Norwich can be backed at 4/7 with a two-goal start and the Red Devils have only won by a single goal in each of their last three Premier League fixtures.

Another potentially profitable market is the 6/5 that Manchester United score at some point between the 75th minute and the final whistle.

Danny Welbeck and Ryan Giggs ensured that this bet would have been successful in each meeting last season.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.