Norwich vs Derby predictions and betting tips for this Championship match on Saturday afternoon with a goals prediction included.
Expert Tipster Prediction: Norwich fans have been suitably entertained in recent weeks with their side scoring a glut of goals but they’ve also conceded a fair few along the way. Ivo Pinto’s injury isn’t helping matters at the back and centre-midfielder-by-trade Ben Godfrey is still learning the ropes as a centre back and that hasn’t helped their defensive solidity. They kept a clean sheet against Blackburn but they shipped three against Forest, two against Bolton and they also conceded twice against Bristol City. The Canaries fitness levels are outstanding and they’re able to play until the final whistle and that has made a huge difference. This should be another thoroughly entertaining 90 minutes with plenty of late drama.
Norwich’s games were tight and tended to be decided by just a single goal throughout September as Daniel Farke’s men kept things ticking over in a professional manner. That feels like a long time ago for Norwich fans who have seen their side rescue points in the dying embers of games over the past month or two. They face a Derby side who are also dangerous going forward and the in-form Harry Wilson and classy Mason Mount are likely to have an impact here. The Rams were beaten 3-1 at Brammall Lane on Wednesday and their away form continues to cause problems. It’s five defeats on the road and two in three for Frank Lampard and he must find a way of playing which suits the side home and away. They should play their part in a very entertaining game here and this could be an absolute cracker between the pair. It finished 1-1 in October but there were 27 shots on that game and on current evidence, a few of those wayward efforts are likely to fly into the back of the net this time around. Over 2.5 Goals and Both Teams to Score is available at 21/20 which looks a terrific price but we’re playing it safe and taking simply Over 2.5 Goals as the first of our Norwich vs Derby predictions. It would have landed in seven of Norwich’s last nine games and six of Derby’s last nine Championship encounters.
What is the best price on Over 2.5 Goals? 3/4 with Ladbrokes
Norwich have been very impressive going forward of late and they have a number of different options in those areas. Onal Hernandez was back with a bang on Wednesday netting twice late on and he is always a threat alongside the evergreen Temmu Pukki. Pukki told an interviewer that he is feeling fitter than ever before and that’s part of the reason for his penchant for scoring crucial goals in the final ten minutes. Even if the Canaries are behind with 80 minutes on the clock, it’s difficult to write them off. Derby have conceded twice to Stoke and three times to Sheffield United recently and they’ve kept just one clean sheet on the road so far. Norwich should be able to exploit this Derby back-line which is breached on the regular basis away from Pride Park. Over 1.5 Norwich Team Goals is the second of our Norwich vs Derby predictions for Saturday afternoon.
What is the best price on Over 1.5 Norwich Team Goals? 11/10 with Paddy Power
It’s stat time – 71% of the goals scoring in Norwich’s games this season have come in the second half of games. They’ve netted 44% of their goals in the 71st minute or later whilst 34% of the goals in their matches (at both ends) have come after the 76 minute mark. It isn’t quite as one-sided for the visitors with just 52% of their goals coming in the second half of matches although three of the four goals in their Boxing Day match came after the break. The Rams statistics are fairly level with 18% of their overall goals coming in the final 15 minutes of matches but both strikes in their 1-1 draw back in October arrived in the second half and I reckon we’ll see plenty of action post-half time. It’s a decent price for the highest scoring half to be the second half and this would have landed on 17 occasions for the Canaries this campaign.
What is the best price on high scoring half – second half? 21/20 with Betway
This match is expected to be a high-scoring affair and Over 2.5 Goals certainly looks a decent option at around 3/4. It is the first of our Norwich vs Derby predictions as it lands regularly for the hosts. It is ideal for those who fancy a goals-based bet on this one. There is predicted to be an average of three goals in this one but Derby’s stats slightly bring that average down. For those who fancy something more ambitious, it’s 2/1 for Over 3.5 Goals and that would have landed in four of Norwich’s last five games.
Both Teams to Score is short at 8/13 but is definitely worth including in accumulator bets.
The aforementioned Teemu Pukki is the shortest price in the first goalscorer market although his penchant for late goals make him a better play for last goalscorer. The Finn is 9/2 in both markets. Harry Wilson is always a threat and he is 8/1 to net the opener whilst Onal Hernandez is back amongst the goals and he’s 7/1 to net the the first goal of the game.
Finally, it’s Evens for Over 1.5 Second Half Goals and this would have landed when the two sides met in October and in four of Norwich’s last five Championship matches.
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