Norwich City


Carrow Road

20/01/2018 | 3:00 pm

Sheffield United


Carrow Road

20/01/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence:  The Canaries appear to be turning a corner after a less than impressive first half of the season just in time for the visit of the high-flying Blades with both believing the playoffs are more than attainable.

Last time: A hugely entertaining 4-2 win for Norwich was the result the last time the Blades travelled to Carrow Road. Packed with incident as a late Stephen Quinn red card for United left Norwich flying high in 2010.

This time: Norwich are 7/5 to win with Sheffield United at 2/1 and the draw 11/5

You might remember: United’s least win at Carrow Road came in September 2002 when the Blades raced into a three-goal lead within 31 minutes thanks to goals from Michael Tonge, Michael Brown and a Carl Asaba penalty. Late strikes from Paul McVeigh and Malky Mackay almost drew the home side level but the Blades held on.

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Leon Clarke has found goals easy to come by in the Championship this season with 15 so far

A superb match-up between two former Premier League sides desperate to get back to the big time. Blades boss Chris Wilder has been earning rave reviews for guiding his newly promoted side into the playoffs but a little stutter of late has shown a few frailties. By contrast, the Canaries under Daniel Farke are starting to spark after a less than convincing start has meant both sides will harbour hopes of reaching the playoffs.

Norwich City are 7/5 to win the match and on recent form looks a very generous price indeed. With three wins in their last four, suddenly Norwich have gone from looking over their shoulder to thirteenth in the table and only six points behind their opponents who hold the final playoff spot. However, home form has been a disappointment this season for the Carrow Road faithful with just four wins to their name in thirteen league games.

Sheffield United are 2/1 to win and although Wilder and his band of newly promoted merry men got off to a barnstorming start to the season, the wheels are starting to wobble somewhat with patchy form creeping in. Away from home United are decidedly average having managed 17 points from fourteen games to leave them 11th in the away form table. But it does suggest that when the Blades turn it on, it does not matter if they are home or away because a win is often the outcome.

The draw is 11/5 and of there is one thing that these two sides do not do when they meet, it is draw. The last time the pair ended stalemate after 90 minutes was way back in April 2001 an impressive sixteen games ago making this perhaps not the best way to go.

Norwich to score two or more goals in the match is priced at 7/5. That is the same as the match winner price but protects you if Sheffield United’s Leon Clarke has his scoring boots on. Although the Canaries have struggled in front of their home goal this season with just fourteen strikes in thirteen games, they do like scoring against the Blades at Carrow Road. In their last eight matches on home soil against the blades, Norwich have netted 17 times at an average of 2.12 goals per game.

Over 2.5 goals in the game is at 11/10 and that is good value considering we believe that Norwich will score 2. With the league’s joint top goal scorer in their ranks in Leon Clark, the Blades also look good to land a goal making for quite a free -flowing game.

Match Summary


Look out for:

Norwich to score a second half goal. In the sides last two meetings in Norfolk, the Canaries have netted four times to claim back to back victories. Norwich to score exactly one second half goal is at 8/5 and could prove valuable as Daniel Farke’s men often take a little bit of time to get up and running.


We fancy:

Double chance Norwich or Sheffield United to win at 4/11. To hedge your bets still offers value and the sides recent head to head record makes it quite clear that neither side is fond of the draw.


It’s a long shot, but:

Norwich to win from behind is 9/1. Form for the Blades has slipped somewhat over the last month compared to their lofty start, but they still possess the quality to make a fast start. The Canaries showed strong resilience to come from behind twice to beat United the last time they met on Norwich home soil and it may be a long shot, but at 9/1, worth pursuing.

Written by Ian Waterhouse

Ian Waterhouse is a sports, fitness and betting writer with extensive experience in all sectors of the gambling industry. When he’s not trawling through the odds, you’ll probably find Ian on the golf course – probably the bunker!