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Norwich vs Stoke Odds & Prediction – EFL Championship Round 29

Quinn Allen

by Quinn Allen in Soccer News

Updated Feb 12, 2021 · 6:58 AM PST

Norwich vs Stoke
Norwich City's head coach Daniel Farke gives instructions to his players during the English Premier League soccer match between Norwich City and Burnley at Carrow Road Stadium in Norwich, England, Saturday, July 18, 2020. (Julian Finney/Pool via AP)
  • Norwich City welcome Stoke City to Carrow Road on Saturday
  • Both sides enter this clash in dismal form, with Stoke failing to secure a victory in their last 10 competitive fixtures
  • Get the odds, preview, and best bet for this matchup below

Matchday 29 is ahead this weekend in the EFL Championship, with an important game between Norwich City vs Stoke City on Saturday, February 13th, kick-off 10 AM EST at Carrow Road.

The Canaries dropped points last Friday in an all-important fixture with Swansea, who are right on their heels in third place. On the other hand, Stoke saw their winless streak continue in a scoreless draw with Reading.

Norwich vs Stoke EFL Championship Matchday 29 Odds

Matchup Spread Moneyline Total
Norwich vs Stoke NOR -0.5 (-122) | STO +0.5 (-103) NOR -122 | STO +360 | DRAW +235 Ov 2.5 (+116) | Un 2.5 (-143)

All odds taken Feb 11 at DraftKings

Norwich Looking to Get Back on Track

After getting relegated from the Premier League last season, it’s been a pretty convincing year in the Championship for Norwich City. They’re just two points off league leaders Brentford, who are proving to be the class of the division.

However, last week’s defeat to Swansea was a real shot in the gut, which allowed the Bees to leapfrog them and take over top spot. A positive result from the Canaries on Saturday is a must if they want to remain in second spot and have any chance at overtaking first place.

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Daniel Farke’s side isn’t in the greatest spell right now, either. Norwich is just 2-2-1 in their previous five appearances, with their last victory coming way back on Matchday 25. This is also the first time since September where Farke’s men have gone three matches without securing a win. It’s concerning, to say the least, but as they prepare to take on an out-of-form Stoke side, Norwich should come out firing.

They’ve also played brilliantly on home soil, losing just once in 14 appearances at Carrow Road this term. The hosts will be looking to collect their fourth-straight clean sheet at home and break out of their scoring rut, failing to net in their last four league matches. Finnish striker Teemu Pukki will be looked upon to do so, having already bagged 11 goals this season. However, he hasn’t scored since the turn of the year.

Can Stoke Break Out of Dismal Form?

You’ll be flat out to find any club in the Championship that has endured such a poor run of football. Literally, nothing is going right for Stoke currently, with their last victory occurring on December 19th of last year.

Although the Potters haven’t secured three points in almost three months, it hasn’t all been bad. Through those 10 matches, six of them have been draws. Along the way, there have been some hard-fought results for Stoke, including a 3-3 tie with Rotherham and a pair of one-goal draws as well.

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One would think a win is right around the corner for Michael O’Neill’s side because they’re certainly due. When it comes to fixtures on the road, Stoke has drawn six straight league clashes away from Bet365 Stadium.

Finding the back of the net continues to be a problem for O’Neill’s squad, scoring just 32 times in 28 appearances this term. Currently, in 9th place with 39 points, Stoke is in reaching distance of the top-six if they can clean their act up.

The task at hand won’t be easy by any means, as Norwich have a lot more to play for while also looking to complete the double over the Potters after beating them 3-2 in a goal-filled thriller on Matchday 12.

But, Stoke has shown promise at times this season. They’ve beaten Aston Villa and Wolves in the League Cup, while also taking out Brentford earlier in the term. It’s important to note they’ve suffered heavily with the absence of striker Tyrese Campbell, who was their primary finisher and provider before going on the shelf with a long-term knee injury in December. Stoke have lacked a spark up front ever since.

Norwich vs Stoke Key Stats

16-7-5 (2nd in EFL Championship) Standing 9-12-7 (9th in EFL Championship)
35 Goals Scored 32
23 Goals Conceded 29
2-2-1 Record in Last Five Matches 0-4-1

Norwich vs Stoke Best Bet

Although both of these squads aren’t in the best form, I have to go with Norwich City. The Canaries have a lot more incentive right now because they’re in the title race. However, I don’t see this being a high-scoring affair. The hosts don’t score a lot, especially lately, while Stoke doesn’t have a legitimate attacking threat without Campbell.

A one-goal victory for Norwich is a safe bet and given their impressive backline who have conceded just 23 times, they’ll also keep their opponents scoreless.

Pick: Norwich City 1-0 (+540)

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