Norwich City v Middlesbrough Preview

April 16, 2015 | By

Coral - £20 Free BetsSkyBet Championship action Friday Night comes from Carrow Road and features Norwich City versus Middlesbrough.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition with a scheduled 19:45pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Norwich City v Middlesbrough Preview, Championship, Friday 17th April 2015

The hosts are in exceptional form at the moment and head into this game on Friday night in front of a packed out Carrow Road Stadium having won their last 5 matches on the bounce, in fact ‘The Canaries’ also remain undefeated in their last 8 with their last defeat coming on the 4th March 2015 when losing 1-0 at home against Wigan Athletic.

Manager Alex Neil has his side playing some very good stuff and the confidence through out the whole squad is high and although they do face a difficult task in this one up against the 4th place Middlesbrough, they are the side in the better recent form and will certainly see this as a huge game to win in terms of securing one of the automatic promotion places.

Middlesbrough have seen their form in recent weeks take a little dip having suffered 2 defeats from their last 5 matches played, but those did come against current league leaders AFC Bournemouth and the in form Watford who currently occupy 3rd place in the league table and the fans and players will know that a victory in this game would put them right back in contention for the title and one of those automatic promotion places.

Norwich City Team News:

The hosts have almost a full squad available with this game with the only doubt being striker Lewis Gabban who having returned from a seven match absence due to ankle surgery for the game against Leeds midweek he suffered a further problem to his ankle during the warmup and had to be replaced. He will undertake a late test to see if he can be included, but it doesn’t look likely that his manager will risk him.

Bradley Johnson has now served his two match suspension and will return straight back into the starting lineup for this one and the 13 goal midfielder will be relising the chance to add to his tally in this important game against fellow promotion hopeful’s Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough Team News:

Jonathan woodgate is the only player definitely unavailable for the visitors as he struggles with a hamstring problem and both Daniel Ayala and Albert Adomah will under take a late fitness test to see if they can be involved.

Norwich City v Middlesbrough Head to Head Statistics

Friday night’s game from Carrow Road will become the 24th meeting between the two clubs over the years of which Norwich City have managed 6 victories overall, 4 of those coming at home, with Middlesbrough having managed 9 victories overall, but just 2 of those coming at Carrow Road.

As we can see from our head to head statistic table below which shows the previous 5 meetings between the two clubs over recent season’s it is Middlesbrough who have had slightly better of the results having won 2 with Norwich City having only won 1 and the other 2 matches having finished all square.

04/11/14 CHA Middlesbrough v Norwich City 4 : 0
03/01/11 CHA Middlesbrough v Norwich City
1 : 1
23/10/10 CHA Norwich City v Middlesbrough 1 : 0
22/01/05 PRL Norwich City v Middlesbrough 4 : 4
28/12/04 PRL Middlesbrough v Norwich City 2 : 0

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

60 Goals have been scored in the previous 23 matches played between the two clubs and this generates us an overall average goals per game statistic of 2.61.

22 of those Goals have been scored in the previous 11 matches played at Carrow Road and this generates us an average goal scoring statistic for this game of exactly 2.00.

Both sets of data seem to indicate that we should see a minimum of at least 2 goals scored on Friday night in front of the Sky Sports camera’s.

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Norwich City v Middlesbrough Recent Form All Competitions (Left to Right)

Norwich City: W W W W W

Middlesbrough: L W L W W

Norwich City have won all of their last five matches played and have not lost against Middlesbrough at Carrow Road stadium in the previous 11 matches.

Middlesbrough have 3 wins and 2 defeats from their last five matches played and with both of those defeats having came against clubs in the top 5, this game looks another very difficult game indeed.

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Norwich City v Middlesbrough Match Betting Odds Market

Norwich City are the clear favourites to win this game on Friday night and this should not come as much of a surprise really as they are the inform team at the moment and their current best price of 11/10 with BetVictor – £25 Free Bets for New Customers, does look value.

The Draw is certainly a result that could occur in this game as there really is very little to choose between the two clubs this season and this can be backed at a current best price of 5/2 with Betfred – Bet £10 & Receive £30 Free Bets for New Customers.

Middlesbrough have suffered two defeats against clubs in the top 5 during their last five games, so it’s understandable that the online bookmakers have them priced up at odds of 3/1 with Bet365 – £200 Matched Bonus Bets for New Customers, to win this one on Friday night.

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Norwich City v Middlesbrough Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

If we look at what both clubs have done this season and take into consideration what the average goals per game statistics are saying, this game does look like ending up in a 1-1 draw on Friday night.

However, Middlesbrough have stumbled in recent weeks with both of their defeats have came on the road and with their hosts in remarkable form at the moment, if I had to choose a winner of this game it would have to be Norwich City and they do look good value at their current best odds of around 11/10 as they do have the all important home advantage.

Onto some predictions for the game then and my Banker prediction is going to be for Norwich City to Win as with their visitors having lost 4 from their last 5 games away from home and up against a side in excellent form, this does look like being a sensible choice.

My Saver is going to be for Both Teams to Score & Draw as although I don’t expect Middlesbrough to win this game, they could possibly snatch a draw if the Norwich City defence go to sleep

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