Rampant Reds set to continue glut of goals against Norwich
Liverpool have won their last four meetings with Norwich City by an aggregate score of 18-3. Their latest renewal will be no different, as the Premier League leaders and top scorers are odds-on 2/5 chances with Coral to beat the side that has netted the fewest.
Brendan Rodgers’ Reds (93) have in fact grabbed more than three-and-a-half times as many goals as the Canaries (26) this season, so punters can immediately look to the total goals markets. Over 3.5 for the visitors to Carrow Road comes in at 17/5, while over 4.5 – something managed by the Merseysiders in each of the last three encounters – is a 10/1 shot.
Of those 18 Liverpool strikes in recent outings against Norwich, Luis Suarez has contributed almost two-thirds (11) single-handedly. Based on that, it will come as no surprise to learn that the Premier League’s leading marksman is odds-on at 4/7 to net anytime.
Suarez already has a four-goal haul in the reverse fixture, and is a 20/1 shot with Coral to repeat that feat or even better it. He is a safer 7/4 for two goals or more, or 7/1 to hit a hat-trick – something he has managed on three of his five career appearances against the Canaries.
Rodgers may be unable to call on Suarez’s strike partner Daniel Sturridge, however, after he picked up a hamstring problem in the crucial victory over Manchester City last time out. Jordan Henderson is definitely missing from midfield here because of suspension. Joe Allen or Lucas Leiva will deputise.
It’s almost 21 years since Norwich got a home win over Liverpool, but their record on their own patch is better than any other side in the bottom seven going into the Easter weekend. Punters may rightly think that is clutching at straws, mind – a point reinforced by odds of 7/1 on the hosts earning victory.
Neil Adams is even a big price at 4/1 to nick something from the Premier League leaders and odds-on 1/2 title favourites here. The Canaries caretaker should be wary of choosing on-loan Sweden striker Johan Elmander, as he has always lost to Liverpool in nine attempts.
Robert Snodgrass looks the man most likely to score for hosts Norwich, with three in his last eight. The Scot is 7/2 to enhance his record to four in nine anytime, but realistically it looks like being little more than a consolation.
Norwich are hovering above the bottom three presently, but that position is precarious because of a brutal run-in. Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United follow Liverpool in their final three fixture, so an odds-on price for relegation is entirely justified.
Punters will find the best value on handicap markets here. Give Rodgers’ Reds a three-goal deficit to overcome, and be rewarded with odds of 11/2. Bearing in mind they have scored five with frightening regularity in this fixture recently, a 12/1 price on -4 in this market must be considered too.