Sacking your manager and replacing him with a novice with five games to go in the PL is about as clever as Joey Essex – but Norwich have to live with it now.
Title challengers Liverpool are first up on the Canaries fixture list (with Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal to come) and their record against the Reds is about as inspiring as a half-time rant from Delia Smith.
- Liverpool have scored exactly five goals in each of their last three matches against Norwich (5-1,5-0,2-5).
- Luis Suarez has scored three hat-tricks in his last four appearances against the Canaries.
Brendan Rodgers side are on a 10-game winning streak and are unbeaten in their last 15 matches. Liverpool are 2/5 in the win-draw-win market but can be backed at evens (-1 goal) on the handicap market. Luiz Suarez is 11/2 to hit another hat-trick against the hapless Canaries.
Verdict: Liverpool (-1) @ evens.
Short of adding a few more players to Arsenal’s growing injury list, Hull have little to play for against the Champions League-chasing Gunners in a dress-rehearsal of next month’s FA Cup final.
Arsene Wenger’s side were the top dogs in the Premier League on January 20 before their stock dropped as quick as Tim Sherwood’s and they now find themselves in a dog-fight with Everton to secure fourth spot for the 17th consecutive season.
Every game is a cup final for the Gunners now but they’ve managed to score two goals in three of their last four meetings with Hull in all competitions and are 23/10 to score exactly two goals again against the Tigers whose players won’t want to miss out on the biggest day in the club’s 110-year history at Wembley.
Verdict: Arsenal to score exactly two goals 23/10.
In a game with more sub-plots than who killed Lucy Beale former Everton boss David Moyes returns to Goodison Park with Manchester United.
The Toffees hit a major speed-bump when losing 3-2 to Crystal Palace mid-week to hand the initiative back to Arsenal in the race for fourth place. Everton are 7/5 favs against United at 19/10 – but the Red Devils have nothing to lose.
United have the best away form in the Premier League taking 33 points in their 17 away games – two more than league leaders Liverpool (before the Norwich game). Four those victories were by 2-0 margins and that’s a 14/1 poke with Paddy Power.
While Moyes misfiring United have had a torrid time at Old Trafford but have won four of their last five away games and haven’t conceded on the road in the PL since the 2-1 defeat at Stoke in February.
Newbie Juan Mata thrived in his favoured role (scored twice) with Wayne Rooney & RVP’s absent against Newcastle and is 10/1 to get the first goal or 10/3 to score at anytime over the 90 minutes. He could be a dark horse in the goalscorers’ market if allowed to ghost into the box unmarked.
Verdict: Juan Mata anytime goalscorer 10/3.