Verdict: Norwich City draw no bet

Best Odds: 4/6

Bookmaker: Bet365

In what is already being labeled as a November six-pointer, a rock-bottom Watford will make the trip to fellow strugglers Norwich in East Anglia on Friday night.

Norwich City

Starting with the hosts, putting in yet another worrying display and suffering a 2-0 defeat away at Brighton last weekend, Norwich have been a side drastically low on both form and confidence entering November. Hit with back-to-back Premier League defeats, Daniel Farke’s side have failed to win any of their six appearances since landing a famous 3-2 win over Manchester City back in September. Along with failing to find the net in four of their last six, there is no doubt that fans around Carrow Road have a continuing headache about their side’s issues at the back. Shipping at least a pair of strikes in all bar two of their 11 top-flight outings, a run epitomized by their 5-1 hammering against fellow returners Aston Villa last month, only Southampton have shipped more than the Canneries 26 goals. It should also be noted that Norwich have conceded two or more goals in each of their previous four consecutive matches in East Anglia.

Team News

Norwich midfielder Mario Vrancic is available for the first time since August after recovering from a calf injury and then illness. Ibrahim Amadou and Todd Cantwell are now fully fit and could start.

Watford

As for the visitors, suffering a 2-1 defeat against Chelsea at Vicarage Road over the weekend, Watford are still the only Premier League outfit yet to record a win in any of their opening 11 matchups, their worst domestic start in the club’s history. Despite turning to former boss Quique Sánchez Flores back in September, the 54-year-olds defensive tactics are already coming under increasing scrutiny. Suffering back-to-back defeats and crashing out of the EFL Cup at the hands of fellow strugglers Everton last week, the Hornets already find themselves sat two points adrift of Norwich at the foot of the table. A huge part of Watford’s continued issues heading into November have come down to some glaring struggles in the final third. Scoring just a pair of goals in their last six Premier League matchups, Flores’ men have recorded just six strikes so far this season, the worst attacking record held by any side in England’s top-flight.

Team News

Watford captain Troy Deeney, who has been out since mid-August following a knee operation, is under consideration to face Norwich. Etienne Capoue and Ismaila Sarr have also returned to training, while Craig Cathcart has overcome a back spasm.

Key Factors to Consider

  • When the two sides last met back in May 2016, Norwich came away with a 4-2 win at Carrow Road.
  • The Yellows have also won four of the last five meetings between the two sides.
  • No team in the Premier League has scored less than Watford’s six goals this season.
  • Watford have failed to win any of their opening 11 Premier League matches this season, the worst start in their history.
  • All of Norwich’s matches at Carrow Road have seen over 2.5 goals.

Conclusion

While Norwich might be dealing with their very own public struggles, Daniel Farke’s side should see Friday as a golden opportunity to make a much-needed return to winning ways. Holding a stellar record against the Hornets and also still sending shockwaves across Europe by landing a 3-2 win over Manchester City back in September, we’re backing a home victory in East Anglia.

Verdict: Norwich City draw no bet

Best Odds: 4/6

Bookmaker: Bet365