The Rene Meulensteen revolution begins in earnest at Carrow Road, when he takes his Fulham side to face Norwich in a crunch relegation clash.
The Cottagers’ recent record in this fixture bodes well for their 11/4 match betting price, with the west Londoners undefeated against this adversary in their four meetings since Chris Hughton’s side returned to the top flight ahead of the 2011/12 campaign.
The hosts are rated as 1/1 favourites for the win, largely down to the fact that their next opponents have been bested in four straight Premier League away games, as well as once after extra-time at Leicester in the Capital One Cup.
Focussing solely on the league games, they’ve failed to score in three of these four reverses, bagging just one goal and shipping 13.
These rather unflattering statistics point in the direction of a home win, but the Norfolk club aren’t exactly boasting the jagged dentures required to rip apart such feeble travellers.
Aside from their 3-1 triumph against West Ham, Norwich haven’t scored more than once on their own patch in the league since the opening day of the season, drawing blanks against Aston Villa and Cardiff. The best they could do against the riper defences of Crystal Palace and Swansea was a single goal too.
A bit of resilience from the visitors could go a long way here, with a win to nil, just as Palace unexpectedly achieved at Hull a few weeks ago, not out of the question.
Fulham have conceded just one goal in the four games they’ve prevailed this season, shutting out three teams, one of which came on the road. At 5/1 then, the away win to nil may well appeal to those keen on taking a walk on the wild side.
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