Friday 8 March: 7.45pm KO
Live on Sky Sports Football
Norwich City are looking good for promotion back to the Premier League. They can go five points clear of Leeds United with three points from this game. Their opponents are Swansea City who despite being 14th in the table are only seven points adrift of the promotion play-off positions.
Three successive wins have put Norwich City in with a great chance of winning promotion back to the Premier League. They are 1/4 (1.25) at Unibet to finish in the top two and evens (2.0) at William Hill to win the Championship title.
Norwich City are the top goal scorers in the Championship with 71 scored in their 35 games. The last three alone have produced ten goals as they recorded important victories over Bolton Wanderers, Bristol City and Millwall. You can get odds of 4/6 (1.66) on them scoring at least twice in this match. That’s something Norwich have managed in each of their last nine home league games.
They have only lost one of their last 11 home league games. That was a dramatic 4-3 defeat by Derby County. Three of their last four home league games have been won and a win on Friday will be their 12th home league success of the season. You can get odds of 8/11 (1.72) on that happening.
Swansea City are having problems with their bid to make an immediate return to the Premier League. They are down in 14th place but that’s only seven points adrift of the top six and a play-off position. It’s 60/1 (61.0) that the Welsh side wins promotion this season.
To even get in with a chance of making the play-offs, they have to improve their away record. They have lost eight away league games this season including the last three in a row. It’s not too promising a stat that they have conceded at least twice in each of those three defeats.
They beat relegation-threatened Bolton Wanderers last weekend but that ended a run of two straight league defeats away at Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday. This game is followed by two more away games at West Bromwich Albion and Nottingham Forest. Their promotion hopes may not be alive for much longer.
Norwich City will be glad to get a repeat of the reverse fixture. They won 4-1 at Swansea City in late November. Before that, the previous three games between these two sides had all ended 1-0. It’s 10/3 (4.33) at Ladbrokes on under 1.5 goals being scored on Friday. Swansea have only won one of their last six visits to Carrow Road. They are 7/2 (4.5) to get another win on Friday.
No major injury problems reported after the weekend fixtures.
Pukki Keeps Scoring
Teemu Pukki has only failed to score in one of the last eight Norwich City games. He was on target again at the weekend scoring against Millwall. That took his tally to 24 for the season and he’s 11/8 (2.37) at Betfair to be top scorer in the Championship this season. You can get odds of 3/1 (4.0) on him scoring the first goal in this match and 19/20 (1.85) at BetVictor to score any time.
Over 2.5 Goals Likely
Six of the last eight Swansea City away league games have had over 2.5 goals scored in them. The same stat can be applied to the last eight Norwich City matches and their last nine home league games. Looks a bit of a banker here and there are odds of 4/6 (1.66) at SkyBet on over 2.5 goals being scored.
Norwich City are in top form at present and promotion is looking likely. They can go five points clear with a win in this game. The goals keep flowing for them and they should prosper against a Swansea side that struggles on its travels. Go for Norwich to win and over 2.5 goals scored in the match. You can get odds of 6/4 (2.5) at Betway on that happening.