Norwich are in the driving seat in The Championship and they know it’s down to them to see it through. But they face a tough test against a Hull side that will want to make a real case for play-off spot.
It’s a guessing game with Hull
Hull headed in to the last 20 minutes against Forest at 0-0, they had looked threatening throughout the match, and you could’ve been forgiven for thinking the game was set up for them to steal all three points. But after just 82 minutes they found themselves 3-0 down after buckling under the increasing pressure from the home side.
Before the game against Forest, The Tigers had won back to back games at home to Millwall and close competitors: Birmingham. Yet the rest of February saw a poor draw at home to lowly Rotherham after they led 2-0, a stale loss away at Derby and an absolute pummelling away at Brentford as they were beaten 5-1. There’s few teams in The Championship that are quite as unpredictable as Hull.
They face a Norwich side who are very much at the opposite end of the spectrum; just one defeat in 12 for The Canaries has seen them seize control of the league, but the hosts will know that Hull present a very real threat and to underestimate them would be foolish as they’ve proved in spells this season how good they can be.
Capable goal scorers
We can talk time and time again about Teemu Pukki this season, the Fin has 24 goals to his name and like his Norwich side as a whole; hasn’t showed any sign of slowing down. Norwich’s main man has average a goal every 118 minutes in all competitions this season and although he wasn’t on target against Swansea, his relentless running in behind opened up space for those around him. Buendia is available at 3.6 anytime for a goal and represents some cracking value.
It doesn’t all rest on his shoulders either. Eimiliano Buendia scored his fifth of the season on Friday night and has been heavily involved in Norwich’s devastating attack with nine assists to his name in addition to his goals. Factor in the threat of Marco Stiepermann and in particular: Onel Hernandez and you’ve got a terrifying attacking unit
But Hull have a few of their own as well. Kamil Grosicki has five goals and an impressive eight assists this season, Frazier Campbell has helped himself to 11 but their starlet has been Jarrod Bowen, he’s the shortest odds of any Hull player to score at 3.75. He has hit 18 goals in The Championship, however air on the side of caution as only six of those have come outside of the KC Stadium.
Norwich too strong
The Canaries are in scintillating form and I really struggle to see Hull stopping them. Hull have lost their last four games away from home, where they have shipped 13 goals and only managed to register one solitary goal. Hull have been leaking goals on the road and against the highest scorers in The Championship this season they may have a torrid time. Couple that with the fact that there has been over 2.5 goals in eight of Hull’s last 10 away games and it’s a recipe for an entertaining night, particularly If you’re a Norwich fan. Over 2.5 goals is priced at 1.57.
Norwich WDW and over 2.5 goals @ 2.2
Emiliano Buendia to score anytime @ 3.6
Norwich -1 @ 2.6