Pick Manchester United 3-0 Over Norwich at Odds of 9/1

Mike Richardson

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:08 PM GMT

After failing to qualify for next year's Champions League, Manchester United can at least look forward to this weekend's matchup as heavy odds favorites over Norwich. Could a coachless United be vulnerable or a clear pick to take the victory regardless?

It’s out with the old and in with the new at Old Trafford as the (badly) chosen one stands down after just 10 months and a new pair of hands takes the helm of the good Ship Man Utd. It makes very little difference to your Humble Handicapper as no matter who sits at the head of the Red Devils’ table, he expects to make money when they host Norwich in the EPL.

We can’t begin to talk about the EPL future for Manchester United before we take a quick look at the list of woes that have dogged their current (title defending) season. Under David Moyes, they were knocked out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage by Bayern Munich, lost a League Cup semi-final against (bottom of the table) Sunderland, lost (at home) to Swansea in the third round of the FA Cup, with four games left to play they sit 23 points behind Liverpool (and 13 behind fourth place Arsenal), losing to Newcastle United at Old Trafford for the first time since 1972, and after Sunday’s defeat against (Moyes’ old club) Everton, they will not be taking part in next season’s Champions League, the first time Manchester United have failed to qualify for the competition since 1995-96. And did I mention it is their worst EVER premier league points tally. You can get odds of 500/1 on Moyes to be named LMA manager of the year, but why waste money on that?

 

Enough with the schadenfreude…WHERE’S THE MONEY MIKE?
Ryan (Giggsie-Wiggsie) Giggs is taking over as interim manage ahead of the Norwich game and Moyes must be a bit miffed to be shown the door now, as the game on Saturday looks like a three point banker. Norwich are 9/2 (second favourites) to be relegated this season and the sportsbooks have them at 8/1 to win this match while the draw is at best soccer odds of 4/1 and a home victory is at 2/5. You could put your Humble Handicapper in charge at Old Trafford and you’d still expect Man Utd to come out on top.

While it’s true that Man Utd have garnered just 5 points from a possible 24 against the current EPL top four (Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal) they can still take down teams from lower down the table, don’t forget their recent 4-0 win over Newcastle and 4-1 over Villa.

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Foregone conclusion
When formulating your soccer picks, keep in mind that the bookies like Man Utd winning both halves at 20/21, while if you want to go out on a half time / full time limb you can pick up Draw / Man Utd at 3/1. But stay well away from Draw/Draw at 15/2, and far away from Draw / Norwich at 20/1.

We will likely see goals, as the bookies have Over 2/5 at 11/20 while Under 2.5 is 11/8. The goals will also likely all be Man Utd’s as the best soccer odds on them winning “to nil” is at 6/4, while Norwich winning to nil (ha!) is at 14/1, but as Norwich winning 1-0 is at 28/1 I can’t see them scoring more than one, so stay well away.

Norwich have only scored two goals (in one game) in their last four (all defeats) but I can’t see them winning or scoring at Old Trafford, not even a consolation goal.

Whatever the future holds for Man Utd they are 4/7 on a top 4 finish next season (4th favourites).

Free Soccer Prediction: A salt into the wound victory for Man Utd as they trounce Norwich 3-0, available at best soccer odds of 9/1 with Paddy Power.