Norwich City vs Newcastle United
English League Championship
Date: Tuesday, 14th February 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Carrow Road, Norwich.
This is going to be the one to watch for sure. With all due respect to the rest of the teams in Championship, Norwich City and Newcastle United play the most attractive football and are arguably the strongest sides in the entire competition.
The Magpies can back this fact up with the results since they top the league ladder after 30 rounds, while the Canaries have had so many slip ups and generally a rollercoaster season since the start of the campaign. Anyhow, the game with Newcastle comes in a perfect moment for Alex Neil and his men who netted as many as five goals in the weekend’s demolition of Nottingham Forest at Carrow Road.
The Scottish manager even rested some of his key men including Cameron Jerome and Jacob Murphy having the match with the Magpies in mid, but he now has troubles of a different kind. The English teenager Alex Prichard bagged a brace leaving Neil in doubts about giving the youngster an opportunity to make the start once again. Additionally, Neil will be happy to know that Newcastle’s star man Dwight Gayle was last time on the pitch exactly a month ago.
Rafael Benitez is hoping to see him back in action just on Tuesday at Carrow Road and it will be very interesting to see if the Spanish boss will use his main target up front or the Serbian forward Aleksandar Mitrovic will get his chance. Mitrovic was just the one who made the difference against the Wolves at Molineux on Saturday evening leaving Newcastle on top of the Championship standings.
Norwich City vs Newcastle United: Head-to-Head Stats
The first match between the two sides in this tem of Championship was a real beauty and a thriller at the same time. Gayle pushed the Magpies in front, but the Canaries turned the game around scoring three goals to go on 1-3 ahead of the final 20 minutes of the game. Gayle then scored his second which was believed to be a consolation goal all up until the 95th minute when Gouffran leveled the score, while Gayle completed a hat-trick in the last play of the game to bring Newcastle the victory.
Norwich City vs Newcastle United: Prediction
It is not quite common to see Newcastle as underdogs in a Championship fixture, but the Canaries improve d their game a lot over the last couple of weeks. Goals simply must be the top betting prediction for this match because these two sides have the best attacking lineups in the entire competition.
We advise you to take the Over 2.5 goals & BTTS pick at 7/5 odds with higher stakes because the odds are just too good to be skipped. Alternatively, Norwich City & BTTS seem golden at 9/2.
Norwich City vs Newcastle United: Betting Tips
Over 2.5 goals & BTTS 7/5 (2.40)
Norwich City to win & BTTS 9/2 (5.50).