Man United (-1)
There isn’t a better bet than this all weekend.
The reason for that is dual-pronged. Firstly, Norwich are struggling with a paper-thin squad and need to funnel all their resources into the relegation scrap. It’s a good opportunity to play some of their youth development squad and that’s what I’d expect Daniel Farke will go for.
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Of course the privilege we have here is that betting markets are set up days in advance and that punt is perfectly placed to take advantage of this disparity between opinion and information.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still a deer in Alex Ferguson’s headlights and his love for the FA Cup is driven internally, which, as a pragmatist, grinds gears. But for all that it seems impractical given United’s clear path to the top four in sight, they’re absolutely going to field a full-strength team to turn Norwich.
The Canaries won’t have taken as big a battering since I went to Lanzarote on my holidays two years ago.
Over 3.5 Goals
This is a cracking bet and I’d nearly make the 3.5 goals the default U/O line, so I’m glad to gobble up the overs and take an extra point on the price.
Awfully generous this week, aren’t you Paddy?
Norwich don’t defend at the best of times, so that’s hardly going to be the approach here, even with a developmental lineup. You learn nothing from that, and Farke is certainly not shy about exposing younger players to first-team realities.
Just a shame how bleak those realities are this year, isn’t it?
Correct Score: 0-4 Man United
Do you ever just get a hunch that you can’t quite shake?
This feels like a Lingard, Ighalo, Rashford, James kind of game where United fans come away thinking their squad depth is fantastic before drawing one-all with Brighton next week.