Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Bitesize Prediction: Norwich vs Sunderland – 02/03/24

Competition: Championship

Market: Norwich win

Odds: 12/11 @ 1xBet

Looking to extend on their play-off charge this weekend, Norwich will welcome Sunderland to Carrow Road on Saturday afternoon.

Starting with the hosts, while Norwich might have opened the New Year tipped as a real play-off outsiders, David Wagner’s men are in the midst of a real Championship flurry. Continuing to impress and with the mood around Carrow Road at a real high, the former Huddersfield boss now has his sights firmly set on finding a route into the top-six. Unbeaten in all of their previous five second-tier appearances and losing just a pair of their 12 showdowns since opening 2024, the Canaries will certainly be looking to make another statement here. With their recent purple patch underlined by a 4-1 romp against Cardiff on February 17th, Norwich have also gained a real reputation for their extended success on home soil. In fact, along with a 2-1 win against West Brom last month, Wagner’s side have won all of their previous four contests at Carrow Road by an aggregate score of 12-3. It should also be noted, Saturday’s hosts have not suffered a single Championship defeat in front of their own supporters since returning from November’s international break.

As for the visitors, shockingly parting ways with Michael Beale a fortnight ago, Sunderland find themselves at the heart of a real struggle. Now facing a real uphill battle in their bid to claim a play-off ticket in 2024, the Black Cats have lost all of their previous three Championship appearances and it appears that interim boss Mike Dodds has a real job on his hands. With a frustrated atmosphere around the Stadium of Light, Saturday’s guests have also continued to show some glaring issues on the road. Last seen on their travels suffering a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Birmingham, Sunderland have collected just a pair of points from any of their previous five Championship away fixtures. It should also be highlighted, the Black Cats have claimed just a single victory from any of their last 12 showdowns away from the Stadium of Light – a run that stems all the way back to September 29th. Given what has been a huge recent gulf in class, we are predicting a home victory here.

Bet: Norwich 12/11 to beat Sunderland in Saturday’s Championship contest @ 1xBet


Tom Dunstan

Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan



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