Why Swansea and Norwich’s high score recipe will cook up a draw
To the many Norwich fans who have campaigned for Chris Hughton’s dismissal this season because of his perceived negative approach, the depiction of their side as great entertainers is a head scratcher.
However, something bizarre happens whenever Swansea and Norwich collide which transforms these bottom-half sideways passers into swashbuckling soldiers of attacking football.
Their five showdowns since ascending to the Premier League together in 2010/11 have produced a combined 22 goals, with not a single clean sheet in sight.
The Liberty Stadium announcer has a torrid task trying to make time for a mid-match Bovril break when Norwich are in town, as their two Premier League meetings in Wales have ended 2-3 and 3-4.
Seriously, Norwich scored seven away goals in three hours of football there. Their last four away dates this term have been surprising action-heavy too, with four strikes in their favour and 12 against.
Swansea meanwhile have both netted and conceded in six successive fixtures, as Garry Monk stamps out the monotony that marked the closing months of Michael Laudrup’s reign, if not the low win count.
But despite all that evidence stacking up in favour of a both-teams-to-score wager, it is a delicious 4/5 proposition.
If both do shimmy onto the scoresheet as expected, you can be fairly sure that a draw is on the cards as well at 13/5, because both clubs struggle to triumph in games where their opponents notch.
Swansea’s 2013/14 league win rate in matches in which they conceded is a dismal 1/24, while Norwich’s is a barely better 1/20. Their last two clashes have been drawn, as have three of the hosts’ last six against all foes.
If you are convinced that there will be a winner though, you can back the Swans at 8/11 or punt on the Canaries at 4/1.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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