Soccer Picks: Arsenal vs. Norwich City Betting Preview

Mike Richardson

Monday, October 14, 2013 7:06 PM GMT

Arsenal take on Norwich in the English Premier League and your Humble Handicapper has a GREAT feeling about this game.

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Run down the pawn shop, sell of the family silver, do whatever you can do to raise the money, as this is -officially, from your Humble Handicapper’s lips- a sure fire winner. Arsenal take on Norwich on Saturday and there can only be one team that comes out on top.

Speaking of which, who's that on top of the Premier League after seven games? Would you believe it’s Arsenal? You better believe it, as Arsenal have played some of the most consistent football in England (if you discount their disastrous opening day collapse against Aston Villa.)

You should note that the sportsbooks now have soccer odds of 11/2 on Arsenal winning the league (which is third favourite behind the usual suspects); but they are also 4/9 on a Champions League finish. The Gunners have won five, drawn one and lost just one of their seven games. They've scored 14 goals -an average of two per game- and conceding just slightly over one per game.

Crunch Those Numbers

If you're to do nothing else, then crunch those numbers and you should see that Arsenal wins 2-1 in this match. The shortest correct score odds on a 2-1 outcome favouring Arsenal are 9/1 with Bet Victor. But I think Arsenal will run away with that and more, and my sports picks reflect that.

At the time of this writing, there are 17 league places between Norwich and Arsenal.

The Canaries seem to be on the wrong side of the dreaded dotted line. However, they are one of four sides on seven points and have an equally bad goal difference of -4, equal to that of Fulham.

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Down Below

Since we mentioned the odds on Arsenal winning the Premier League, we should also mention the fact that Norwich are 5/2 to be relegated and 11/10 to be dead last in the English Premier league come Christmas.

That's all well and good, but we can't wait till then to collect money; so we should start gambling ahead of this weekend's clash.

Arsenal Will Win This Game.

Just to be fair, before laying down my picks for this game, I can give you the win/lose/draw soccer odds and they tell me that Arsenal winning is at 2/7, while a Norwich victory as at 9/1and the drawn game is at 19/4.

Now that that's out the way, I should also let you know that Arsenal have won three and drawn two of their last four games, while Norwich have lost three and won twice.

You may ask why I think Norwich can lose against Arsenal? Well, it's because they tend to.

The last time they played at Arsenal they were the wrong end of a 3-1 kicking; a repeat of that score is available at 23/2 with the sportsbooks.

Norwich will lament the fact that they're not playing at home against Arsenal as last time they met in Norwich (almost a year ago to the day) they came out as 1-0 victors. However, you have to remember that at the time, Arsenal having a bit ropey time of it.

Since then, looking at the last four head-to-head meetings between the two sides, Arsenal came out on top twice, Norwich once and the other game ended as a 3-3 draw.

The 3-3 draw result is available at 150/1 and I think that is a bet nobody should be going for. Arsenal have outscored Norwich in their last four games eight goals to six. That's not a huge margin of victory, and I think Norwich will be on the wrong side of defeat, but it won't be a complete walkover.

Even better, you might want the game being drawn at half-time before Arsenal comes in for the Win at the 90' mark, which is available at 16/5 odds. Really, whatever you do with your soccer picks, just make sure you back Arsenal with a Win in this game.  

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Soccer Pick: Arsenal wins 2-1 over Norwich, available at 15/2 odds with Ladbrokes

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