Kick-off: 1500, 18/09/2021
Stadium: Carrow Road
History is not on Norwich’s side as they attempt to claim their first Premier League victory of the season when Watford visit Carrow Road.
The Canaries have won just one of their previous six meetings with the Hornets – their 4-2 home success in 2016 ultimately proving in vain as they were relegated the same night.
With both sides struggling in attack, under 2.5 goals at 8/11 is our opening Norwich vs Watford prediction.
A Look At Norwich City’s Betting Odds
It was always going to be a baptism of fire for promoted Norwich when the fixtures were released.
Losing at home to Liverpool and at champions Manchester City was expected but they felt aggrieved not to take at least a point from their defeat to FA Cup winners Leicester in Norfolk.
Daniel Farke’s side then dropped to the bottom of the table after going down 1-0 at Arsenal, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang capitalising on a fortuitous break to hand the Gunners a vital victory.
Farke said: “There are many positive things to take out of this game and we will regroup to make sure we have a good training week.
“We just have to make sure that our performance is always top class and that we don’t leave anything in the tank.
“If we do this, then we give ourselves many chances in games in the future to win points. I’m pretty sure we will win many points on this level.”
The first goal could well prove critical here and with the backing of the home support, Norwich to break the deadlock at 3/4 is worth considering in the Norwich vs Watford odds.
Last Norwich line-up: Krul, Aarons, Hanley, Omobamidele, Williams, Rupp, Lees-Melou, McLean, Dowell, Pukki, Tzolis.
A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds
Watford were runners up in the Championship last season, finishing six points behind Norwich despite beating them twice.
The Hornets made a triumphant return to the top flight when they overcame Aston Villa 3-2 at Vicarage Road on the opening day.
But they have since lost three on the spin – all without scoring – with their latest reverse coming against previously winless Wolves on home soil last Saturday.
Boss Xisco Munoz admitted afterwards they need to improve in a number of aspects, including conceding soft goals.
He said: “This is a problem. What we need to improve is at both sides. Not only in defence but in offence. If we want to win points, it’s important to improve in both areas.
“I know it’s difficult to take points at this level.”
With both sides sensing a big opportunity to pick up three points, they could well end up cancelling each other out so a 1-1 draw at 23/4 is our final Norwich vs Watford prediction.
Last Watford line-up: Bachmann, Ngakia, Troost-Ekong, Sierralta, Rose, Sissoko, Etebo, Kucka, King, Dennis, Sarr.
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WATFORD 0-2 Wolves
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