Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Bitesize Prediction: Norwich vs Reading – 30/12/22

Competition: Championship

Market: Both teams to score

Odds: 5/6 @ 888sport

Looking to sign off 2022 with an upset on the road, Reading will make the trip to Carrow Road on Friday night when they meet Norwich.

Starting with the hosts, putting in another worrying display on Boxing Day as they slumped to a 2-1 loss away at Luton, that result was enough to cost Dean Smith his job at Carrow Road. While the Canaries might have been tipped as a leading pick to claim a Premier League return this season, they now find themselves in the midst of a real struggle. Along with heading into the World Cup’s winter break with a 2-1 loss at home against Middlesbrough, Norwich have now lost three of their last four Championship contests. Sat 12 points adrift in the top-two chase, Friday’s hosts have also continued to gain a reputation for their issues in East Anglia. In fact, the Yellows have managed to muster just a single victory from any of their last seven showdowns at Carrow Road – a run that stems all the way back to September 14th.

As for the visitors, while Norwich might be enduring an extended Championship struggle, Reading should find the mood in their camp at a real high. Last seen earlier in the week claiming an eye-catching 2-1 victory at home against Swansea, Paul Ince’s men have now taken nine points from their last four second-tier contests. With that run highlighted by a 1-0 win against Coventry when returning from the World cup break, the Royals could be smelling the chance to spring an upset here. Although the Berkshire-based outfit might hold a downbeat record against Friday’s opponents, neutrals could be treated to a lively affair this weekend. In fact, with each of their last 12 straight meetings finishing with both teams finding the net, we’re backing a similar outcome in East Anglia.

Bet: Both teams to score at Norwich vs Reading 5/6 for Friday’s Championship contest @ 888sport


Tom Dunstan

Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan



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