Norwich City v Hull City Betting Tips & Predictions – Wednesday 13th March 2019

Norwich made it four wins in a row on Friday night but both Leeds and Sheffield United responded in kind to keep the title race very much a three-horse contest. Struggling to break clear of their automatic promotion rivals, the Canaries face a tense ending to the season in which every game is a huge one. Norwich have their fate in their own hands for now but they cannot afford to slip up too often with the Yorkshire duo hot on their heels.

Seeking to dent Norwich’s promotion push this Wednesday in order to further their own hopes of going up will be another Yorkshire club, Hull City. The formerly relegation-threatened side have surged up the table in recent weeks and find themselves with some hope of finishing in the play-off places. They’ll need to win most of their remaining games to force their way into the top six but if they can take three points here they may just start to believe they have a chance.

Top Tips

Draw @ 10/3

Under 2.5 Goals @ 13/10

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Norwich City News: Farke calls on players to do better

Barclays End at Norwich City's Carrow Road Stadium

Daniel Farke had some kind words to say about his side’s defence after grinding out a 1-0 victory over Swansea on Friday night. The Norwich manager was far less enthralled about other aspects of the match though, particularly how his men pressed in the first half. He felt his side lacked influence in the opening 45 minutes, so much so that he was tempted to make several changes during the interval. Frustrated by what he saw then, Farke has called on his players to ensure they don’t play as poorly when “a really good Hull side” come and pay them a visit.

Canaries Soaring

Prior to Tuesday’s games (when Leeds play Reading and the Blades host Brentford) Farke’s men are top with a four-point buffer in terms of staying in the top two. However, it is perfectly feasible that they will kick-off in second and potentially with just a single point separating from them the unwanted third place spot in the table.

Norwich will be very much focussing on their own results though, knowing that if they win their remaining games they will go up as Champions no matter what. They are priced at odds of just 1/7 for promotion and have enjoyed a brilliant season after a slow start. This isn’t an easy game for the Canaries but they will fancy their chances, especially at home.

Hull City News: Onus on us, says Adkins

Hull City Fans at the KCOM Stadium

Last weekend Hull approached their away fixture with Nottingham Forest just four points shy off the play-off places. Defeat at the City Ground dented their promotion push but Bristol City and Derby both failing to win helped soften the blow. Still in with a shot of reaching the top six, Nigel Adkins believes his men simply have to go for it at Carrow Road this Wednesday. This doesn’t mean the 54-year-old will adopt a gung-ho approach but does suggest he’ll be willing to send men forward if the scores are level late on.

Batty hoping for return

Last month Dan Batty played for Hull u23s against Burnley as he sought a return to full fitness. The match ended up doing quite the opposite as the midfielder sustained a back problem during the match. A tricky issue to sort, the club’s medical team have had a hard time putting the 21-year-old back on the road to recovery. They’ve since opted to give him an injection that should allow him to run around more freely according to Adkins. There is now hope of the youngster making a fairly speedy return but not before the international break.

Defence a Concern

The Tigers have tightened up in recent months but defensive issues remain and against the league’s top scorers that may be a worry. Only one side in the top 16 has conceded more than Hull’s 51 (from 36 games) and having shipped three last time out the boss will demand a response. Prior to that defeat to Forest they managed a clean sheet against Birmingham and that’s the sort of performance Adkins will be looking for.

Analysis: Hull need to improve away form

If Hull are going to make their way further up the table then they’ll need to sort out their away form. The Tigers have lost their last four matches outside the KC Stadium and are still without an away win in 2019. Adkins remains hopeful of turning things around but he needs to get his men playing on the road quickly otherwise they’ll soon be out of play-off contention.

Norwich facing another tough game

The testing nature of the Championship was shown once again on Friday night as Norwich hosted a mid-table Swansea side missing their leading goalscorer. It seemed like a straightforward win but only a wonder strike from Emiliano Buendia ended up separating the two teams. Moreover, Swansea were arguably the better side, certainly for parts of the game.

Farke’s men comfortably beat Bolton last month but that’s the only time in their last five matches you can say they looked completely in charge. They are facing a Hull side struggling to collect away points but the Tigers were excellent for much of their test against Nottingham Forest last weekend. Things collapsed for them late on but a repeat of their first 70 minute showing will earn them a draw (10/3) here.

Tigers lacking adventure

Only one of Norwich’s last 10 league games at home has seen under 2.5 goals (13/10) so you may be questioning why this is our tip for Wednesday’s match. Carrow Road has been home to some thrilling games of football in recent months but Hull’s defensive strategy is unlikely to produce another.

In an effort to reduce the number of goals they have been conceding, Adkins has shown little sense of adventure in recent matches with his men scoring just once in their last four away games. They set up in numbers to defend against Forest and were only undone by Joao Carvalho’s 25-yard strike. The Hull boss knows his side needs the points but he’ll opt for a snatch and grab approach rather than trying to outscore the hosts.

Recent Matches

Excluding a 4-3 thriller last year, matches between Norwich and Hull has suffered from a real lack of goals. Seven of the last eight times they’ve met have seen two goals or fewer, a trend we are backing to continue this Wednesday. Another 0-0 could be on the cards, with 1-1 also a correct score worth considering.

27th November 2018: Hull City 0 – 0 Norwich City

A point wasn’t enough to drag Hull out of the bottom three but Tigers boss Adkins remained satisfied with a point against the league leaders. A competitive first half saw the hosts threaten through Jarrow Bowen’s header while Norwich’s Tom Trybull had an effort well saved by David Marshall. The two sides proved to be an even match after the interval but Trybull ought to have stolen all three points when he headed over from six yards out.

10th March 2018: Hull City 4 – 3 Norwich City

An incredible match saw Hull fight back from 3-1 down to claim all three points. Referee Tim Robinson had a busy afternoon, awarding two penalties for both sides which were all duly converted. Canaries boss Farke took issue with Hull’s second spot kick but there is no denying the hosts were good value for their comeback. The relentless Tigers registered an incredible 15 shots on target with the decisive winner coming courtesy of Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson.

14th October 2017: Norwich City 1 – 1 Hull City

Hull boss Leonid Slutsky said he felt “all the terrible feeling together” after watching his side conceded in the sixth minute of stoppage time at Carrow Road. Nouha Dicko’s first goal since August had given the visitors the lead but a red card shown to David Meyler put them on the back foot. The Tigers defended their lead resiliently with 10 men but with seconds left on the clock, Cameron Jerome set up Nelson Oliveira to snatch a point.

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