Match Betting (1x2)

West Ham were soundly beaten 5-0 at home to Manchester City in their opening game of the 2019/20 season, although Manuel Pellegrini’s side have since taken to the road and claimed four points from visits to Brighton and Watford.

Therefore, a victory against Norwich on Saturday would represent a satisfactory start to the campaign and it’s little surprise that the Hammers are trading as strong favourites to beat the Canaries.

West Ham are 10/11 with William Hill to claim a maximum haul and they put away their chances at Vicarage Road when winning 3-1. However, some might feel as though the London team are a touch short against an unpredictable Norwich side.

Daniel Farke’s side are clearly not strong from a defensive point-of-view, having conceded eight goals in their first three matches although we should bear in mind that two of these have been against Liverpool and Chelsea.

Bet365 have 14/5 about the visitors winning this match and they are certain to have chances along the way, having scored an average of two goals per game.

BetVictor go 3/1 about this clash ending all square, with that being a result that would suit a newly-promoted Norwich side more than the home team.

First Goalscorer

Teemu Pukki was the top scorer in the English Championship last season, although few expected the Finn to step up to the Premier League in such a big way. The former Celtic striker has so far been a revelation, bagging five goals so far and he’s 5/1 with bet365 to score the opener at the London Stadium.

However, West Ham have a sharp shooter of their own and Sebastien Haller was an expensive recruit from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer, with the Frenchman arriving for £45 million after scoring twenty goals in the Bundesliga.

Haller scored twice at Vicarage Road on Saturday and he’s available at 9/2 with bet365 to break the deadlock in this encounter, with the forward likely to be excited about the chance to face a Norwich side who shipped four goals at Anfield.

Felipe Anderson looks back to his best in a West Ham shirt and the Brazilian is trading at 13/2 (bet365) to score the first goal of this encounter, while Mark Noble is on penalty duties and Ladbrokes make him a 9/1 shot to bag the opener.

The visiting team have the exciting Todd Cantwell playing in an advanced position and he’s a massive 22/1 with bet365 to score the first of this match.

Both Teams to Score

All three of Norwich City’s matches have seen both teams find the net and this certainly looks like a game that punters will be adding to their BTTS coupon. The Canaries are clearly resolved to try and outscore the opposition in each encounter, even if it means conceding goals of their own.

This explains why bet365 have 1/2 about both teams finding the net during the ninety minutes, with West Ham’s opening match seeing them concede five times against Manchester City and they have also conceded against Brighton and Watford when taking to the road.

If you think that the Hammers (or Norwich) can earn a first clean sheet of the campaign, then you can back the “No” option on the Both Teams to Score coupon at a tasty 19/10 although it might take a brave customer to do this!

Over / Under Goals

We are seeing a lot of goals being scored in Norwich City’s matches so far. Namely, the net has bulged 14 times in three games and that’s nearly an average of five every time! While this trend is likely not to continue, it looks fairly certain that this won’t be low-scoring and punters can back Over 2.5 Goals at odds of 8/15 with bet365.

Many betting customers might prefer to go a bit bigger and bet365 have 13/10 about Over 3.5 Goals being scored which means the net has to bulge on at least four occasions. This has happened in all three Norwich matches so far and also two of West Ham’s games.

If you want to go really big, then Over 4.5 Goals is available at 11/4 with Ladbrokes and that has happened in two of Norwich’s previous three encounters.


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