Saturday 23 February: 3pm
Norwich City are top of the Championship two points clear of Sheffield United and Leeds United (the latter having a game in hand). They bid to stay in top spot this Saturday and host Bristol City who are sixth at time of writing.
Norwich City went back to the top of the Championship last weekend climbing above Leeds United who didn’t play. They are 2/1 (3.0) with SkyBet to win the title and 4/9 (1.44) at BetVictor to be promoted to the Premier League.
The Canaries have only lost one of their last eight league games. That was a 3-1 loss away to Preston North End. Home form is good with seven wins, two draws and a defeat by Derby in their last ten league games at Carrow Road. It’s evens (2.0) at William Hill that Norwich can get their 11th home league win of the season.
This is a tough home game but after this their next four league games are against sides currently in the bottom half of the table. Those fixtures should give them ample opportunity to enhance their promotion chances.
Bristol City are 7/1 (8.0) at Betfair to win promotion but would have been much longer odds a few months ago. City were as low as 14th in the table but an unbeaten run of 15 league games has taken them up to sixth. They are eight points behind the automatic promotion places but thanks to their FA Cup run have two games in hand.
Each of their last seven league games have ended in victory. The odds of them making it eight in a row are 27/10 (3.7) at Coral. Away form is good enough to win here as five of the last six away league matches have been won.
The reverse fixture between these two teams was played in November. The game at Ashton Gate ended in a 2-2 draw. The home side came from a goal down to lead 2-1 but a goal 12 minutes from time earned Norwich a draw. Norwich haven’t lost any of their last seven games against Bristol City but three of the last four have been drawn. It’s 13/5 (3.6) at Bet365 on this match ending level.
Norwich City v Bristol City Team News
Neither side have reported any major injury worries heading into this game.
Another Three for Norwich?
Norwich City have scored 65 goals in the Championship this season. They have scored at least three goals in seven of their last eight home league games (they only managed two in the other). There are odds of 3/1 (4.0) at Coral on Norwich scoring at least three goals against Bristol City. It’s 10/11 (1.91) that there are over 2.5 goals in the match. That’s been the case in nine of the last ten Norwich home league games.
Bristol City Clean Sheet
Norwich may score a great number of goals but Bristol City don’t let too many goals in. The Robins have kept eight away league clean sheets this season and four have come in the last five matches. If you think they can survive the usual Norwich onslaught, it’s 10/3 (4.33) at Bet365 that Bristol City keep a clean sheet.
Pukki on Fire
One Norwich player that Bristol City have to keep out is Teemu Pukki. He’s the league’s top goal scorer and has hit the net in each of the last six Norwich games. He’s 7/2 (4.5) at Paddy Power to score the first goal and Betway offer 6/5 (2.2) on scoring in the match.
A tough one to predict with both teams in good form. Norwich score plenty of goals but face a Bristol City side that defend well. The away team have scored in each of their last six games and Norwich have only kept one home league clean sheet in their last eight. A bet on both teams scoring looks good here and that’s 8/11 (1.72) at William Hill.