Norwich Vs Sunderland Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview
Despite pretty much failing to deliver at Craven Cottage last weekend, Norwich walked away with a handy point. Nelson Oliveira’s goal sent the travelling fans home happy. Sunderland were left to rue some missed chances after an opening day draw with Derby County despite falling behind.
Game: Norwich City vs Sunderland
Venue: Carrow Road
Kick-off: Sunday, 13th August, 1.30pm
There’s no doubt that Norwich City will be the side happier of the two with their 1-1 draw on opening weekend. It took character to hang in there against Fulham and snatch a late equaliser. The hosts should have ran away with the game long before, which will make the end result all the more uplifting for the Canaries.
Sunderland will have to start picking up points quickly this season as with any relegated side there is the potential for a hangover. Fans will expect to see wins at this level, and with a number of the playing squad remaining from last season, it’ll do the club the world of good to start picking up points again, especially at the Stadium of Light.
The Black Cats will learn the importance of winning your home games in the Championship very quickly with games away to Sheffield Wednesday and Hull to follow these. They’ll soon welcome Leeds United, meaning the relegated side will have encountered five promotion contenders in their first eight games.
Only Fulham and Huddersfield have won on this ground in 2017, dating back to a 5-0 home win over Brentford that seemed to be a turning point for a then free scoring Norwich side. Sunderland rarely kept a clean sheet in the Premier League on their travels, and they could soon release the Championship is no less forgiving.
Norwich are the favourites to pick up their first three points of the season at best odds 10/11 with William Hill, whilst the draw is available at 5/2 with Bet365. Sunderland still have plenty of quality and they might thrive under less pressure on the road, and they’re priced at 7/2 also with Bet365.
The baptism of fire continues for the away side on Sunday as they’ll visit a packed Carrow Road beying for blood. The hosts have been in terrific form here in 2017 and seem to have a lot of goals in them. The character they showed to steal a point from Fulham last Saturday will have boosted their confidence.
Sunderland can at least be happy with the performance in their opening day draw with Derby. The hosts played some neat football to create a raft of chances, and did come from behind to earn a point. They would have expected better when it came to the strikeforce adding the finishing touch, but both Vaughan and Grabban may need to find their feet again at this level.
Back our Free Betting Tip: Norwich to win at 10/11 with Bet365
Sunderland were wasteful and will need time to adjust to this level. Norwich will relish the opportunity to leave their own half a little more often this weekend and should encounter a Sunderland side more than happy to engage in an open affair with quality like Aiden McGeady to drive them forward.
Back our Score Prediction: 3-1 Norwich win at 13/1 with Bet365
Cameron Jerome was the main man for Norwich last season having scored 16 goals. Nelson Oliveira managed 11 himself and sent a clear message to the management after Saturday’s draw. Much in the mould of Huddersfield’s David Wagner, Daniel Farke doesn’t seem like a man to fear a big decision, and Nelson Oliveira may well get his start in this game.
Back our Scorer Prediction: Nelson Oliveira to score at best odds 11/5 with Paddy Power