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Norwich v Everton: Another goal-filled stalemate looks in prospect

| 12.02.2013

Though Everton traditionally start the season poorly and end on a high, the reverse seems to be occurring this term, with the Toffees having won just one of their last five.

David Moyes’ thin squad can be forgiven this recent blip, but should be approached with caution to claim all three points at 11/10 here.

A more appealing bet comes in the form of the draw, which is a 23/10 chance.

Norwich have drawn each of their last three league games, whilst three of their visitors’ past five outings have ended level.

Factor in that stalemates have stemmed from the last three meetings of these teams too, and that bet looks even more worthy of investment.

At longer odds though, the score draw looks an even better call.

A 16/5 chance, such a bet would have paid dividends on each of the last three occasions these sides met, and looks feasible in a fixture involving sides that have drawn 23 league games between them this term.

Two of those matches ended with a 1-1 scoreline, an outcome attributed a 6/1 chance here, whilst a stalemate in which under 2.5 goals are scored is 14/5.

At 10/1 though, a draw involving more than 2.5 strikes has some appeal, especially in light of the 2-2 draw these teams played out at Carrow Road last season.

Nikica Jelavic hit a brace in that game, and the Croatian striker is 6/1 to net first in this match as he did last season.

However, he has struggled greatly for form this term, bagging only once in his last 13 appearances in all competitions, during an FA Cup win over League Two Cheltenham.

Therefore, Victor Anichebe could prove a better option at the same price, in light of the two goals he has racked up in his last three appearances.

And at a massive 14/1, punters could be forgiven for piling into free-kick and penalty specialist Leighton Baines to break the deadlock.

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



John Klee