Soccer Picks: Manchester United to Take an Easy Win vs. Norwich City

Kevin Stott

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 1:28 PM UTC

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015 1:28 PM UTC

Let’s look at some angles and overall series numbers and try to make a soccer pick or two with thoughts the Red Devils are feeling good now hosting Norwich City.

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Predicted Final Score: Manchester United 2  Norwich City 0
EPL Soccer Picks: Manchester United -200, Manchester United -1 -120 & Manchester United To Win To Nil +140
Best Line Offered: at BetVictor


Odds Overview
Manchester United vs. Norwich City: GK David De Gea and 4th-place Manchester United (8-5-3, 21 GF-12 GA) welcome 18th-place Norwich City (3-5-8, 18 GF-28 GA) to Old Trafford on Saturday for this Matchday 17 English Premier League fixture from Greater Manchester between one club dealing with the Relegation Zone fears and heading back to where they came from and the other side thinking about winning another league title somehow, someway. Soccer odds here have made host Manchester United big -225 favorites here over Norwich City (+600) with the Draw priced at +333 (bet365) while the Total (Goals) in this contest set at 2½ with the Over and Under both at -110 (William Hill). Some Props wagers for this EPL match from The Theater of Dreams: Both Teams To Score: ‘Yes’ -137, ‘No’ +110 (bet365); To Win To Nil: Manchester United +140, Norwich City +1200 (BetVictor); Draw No Bet: Manchester United -600, Norwich City +400 (bet365); and, on the Asian Handicap: Manchester United -1 -120 (BetVictor).


Norwich City FC 
Norwich City (1-2-5 on Road, 9 GF-18 GA) and Manager Alex Neil have just 1 Win on the Road as we approach Christmas—Sunderland—and the Canaries have allowed twice as many goals (18) as they gave scored (9) in seemingly extremely high-scoring games away from Carrow Road (3.38 gpg) but that number is very deceiving and skewed by a 6-3 Newcastle United win in which 9 goals were poured into the statistical soup. This 9 GF and 18 GA seems like a good recipe to get 18th-place Norwich City relegated and back to the Championship where they came from. Against Everton in a 1-1 Draw in their last outing, the Canaries and Neil employed their usual 4-2-3-1 tactical formation and started: GK Declan Rudd; D Andre Wisdom, D Russell Martin, D Sebastien Bassong, D Martin Olsson; MF Alexander Tettey, MF Gary O’Neil; AMF Nathan Redmond, AMF Wes Hoolahan, AMF Robbie Brady; and, S Cameron Jerome (+450 Anytime Goalscorer, Totesport). And it was Hoolahan (+850, 888sport) who had Norwich City’s tally in the Matchday 16 affair at Carrow Road. The Red Devils Defense will have to concentrate on stifling both Hoolahan (5 assists) and Jerome to try to get their 4th straight Clean Sheet against them here at Home on the sacred grass at The Theatre of Dreams.


Manchester United FC
As you can see, Manchester United (4-3-0 Home, 9 GF-1 GA) and GK De Gea are unbeaten at Home at Old Trafford this season and have only allowed 1 goal—a Christian Benteke strike in GK De Gea’s first game in goal for the Red Devils this season following the collapse of contract negotiations with La Liga heavy Real Madrid. And also, as you can see in the numbers, with just 10 total goals in 7 games in Cherry Red Mancunia, the Under has run semi-wild (5-2) with an average of just 1.43 gpg having been scored overall heading in here. So things are going a little better for 2nd-year Dutch manager Louis van Gaal, his notebook and his United team compared to last season, but Offensive production has been, and may continue to be an issue and could be the reason Wayne Rooney (+150, Anytime Goalscorer, Totesport) and the Red Devils (10/1 to win EPL championship, Sportingbet; 29 points) never end up catching their cross-city Sky Blue Mancunian rivals, 3rd-place Manchester City (10-2-4, 32 points). Or maybe they catch them this weekend. Here, expect Rooney, French teen sensation Anthony Martial (+140, Stan James), Juan Mata (+210, 888sport), Marouane Fellaini (+200, Stan James) and new-signees (PSV Eindhoven) Memphis Depay (+184, 888sport) and Ashley Young (+550, Stan James) or any of the other talented cast of Red Devils—who will face Danish champions FC Midtjylland in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Europa League tournament after being eliminated from the UEFA Champions League Knockout Phase last week—like Jesse Lingard, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Ander Herrera to be able to put up a couple of goals against the recently promoted Canaries.


Series Trends, Potential Match-Type and Best Betting Approaches
These two teams have played more than the casual observer would think, with Manchester United going 29-10-9 (79 GF-34 GA) overall against Norwich City (+140 To Be Relegated, Ladbrokes) in English Premier League play and a dominating 17-4-3 (42 GF-11 GA) here at Home at Old Trafford. The Red Devils have W3 straight overall against the Canaries, the last meeting a 4-0 Clean Sheet 2 seasons ago in former player Ryan Giggs first game as a Manager for the Red Devils. Manchester United has 3 straight Clean Sheets here at Home against Norwich City (4-0, 4-0, 2-0) and the Red Devils have won the last 5 meetings here at Old Trafford, outscoring the Canaries by a huge 13-1 margin. Expect minimal quality Shots on Goal for the visitors, although they should scrap out a few, and more than 10 for the United—who are starting to defend this Home Turf like years past—and who should score at least twice, and maybe three times as De Gea shines in another Clean Sheet Win and a seemingly ideal game in which to employ that aforementioned Asian Handicap. Take Manchester United as the sharp soccer pick.

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