Norwich City v Stoke City tips – Spoils will be shared at Carrow Road
With little to separate the sides, the spoils look set to be shared at Carrow Road on Saturday afternoon.
August 21st, 2015
Alex Neil’s Canaries produced an excellent display to earn their first three points of the season against potential relegation rivals Sunderland last weekend and they will be confident of denying Stoke their first win of the campaign on Saturday.
Nathan Redmond, Steven Whittaker and Russell Martin all got their names onto the scoresheet against a Sunderland side which is expected to be hovering around the drop zone at the end of the season. Indeed, the Canaries will be focusing on cashing in on games against sides who are expected to be around them in the Premier League table as they look for valuable points in their quest to remain in the top flight.
Their form at Carrow Road cost them an automatic promotion place at the end of 2014/15 and boss Alex Neil will hope that his side can emulate last season’s decent form away from home, the Scot not yet tasting defeat on the road whilst with Norwich.
Mark Hughes’ Potters are still in the hunt for their first win of the campaign. A valuable point was sealed thanks to a comeback against Spurs last weekend, Marko Arnautovic and Mama Biram Diouf pulling Stoke level to force Tottenham to settle for a 2-2 draw.
Nevertheless, the Potters were sliced open at the back in the first half at White Hart Lane although they displayed some resilience following the interval to earn their first Premier League point of the season.
Perhaps Stoke are missing Ryan Shawcross’ reassuring presence, the captain absent for at least two months due to a back problem. Perhaps Xherdan Shaqiri’s return following his one-match ban will make a difference to a side which appears somewhat lacking in attack. Perhaps Mark Hughes can lift the side to the heights of last season where they notched nearly fifty goals and they could have challenged for a European place but for a disappointing away record.
Perhaps all the above will be possible, but Stoke haven’t been impressive in their first two outings and they will be up against a Norwich City side which have clearly prepared well for life in the Premier League and who will be fighting to survive in the top flight. There will be little to separate the sides however, especially in the final third and we believe that Neil and Hughes will be relatively content to settle for a share of the spoils on this occasion.
BETTING TIP – Match ending in a draw Bet365 23/10