With Norwich City already relegated and Burnley set for a mid-table finish, it’s hard to see what will motivate either side heading into this evening’s clash at Carrow Road. For the Canaries, things couldn’t have gone any worse since their penalty shootout glory over Spurs in the FA Cup back in early March.
Eight consecutive defeats in the Premier League have followed and they’ve been the only team of the so-called strugglers who haven’t shown any battling qualities in their bid to avoid the drop. So, now that their fate is already confirmed, it’s hard to make any solid case for them in their final home game of the season.
Burnley are on course for their second-best finish to a Premier League season and apart from their 5-0 drubbing at Old Trafford nearly a month ago, they’ve shown up well since the season resumed. Away wins against Crystal Palace and West Ham will give them plenty of confidence of getting another victory on the road here, as will their draw at Anfield a week ago.
Their performances in their last six games, let alone their results, have been extremely impressive and they’ll be licking their lips against a Norwich side who’ve only scored one goal in their last eight league games. A Burnley win, and possibly an easy one, looks very tempting here.
Given the fact that Norwich have only found the net once in their last eight Premier League games, and have failed to score in their last four home games, it’s hard to see many goals in this evening’s clash. And while they were only beaten 1-0 by Chelsea earlier in the week, they didn’t manage a shot on, or off, target in the entire match.
While Burnley will more than likely come out on top here, they haven’t managed to score more than one goal away from home in their last five games. In fact, in their 18 games away from Turf Moor this season, they’ve only scored more than once on one occasion.
So that tells us not to expect many goals here and while under 2.5 goals is probably banker material, under 1.5 goals looks overpriced on what we’ve seen so far from these two sides this season.
A Burnley win is on the cards but we’re not expecting many goals over the course of the 90 minutes. But where should we look in terms of a goalscorer? In a game like this, which is unlikely to produce many goals, the advice is to side with a first goalscorer rather than an anytime goalscorer.
The Clarets have two obvious suspects in Jay Rodriguez and Chris Wood. Rodriguez might appear to be the obvious man given that he scored at Anfield seven days ago but Wood bagged a brace against Norwich earlier in the season and will be on penalty duty should the away side have VAR on their side.
Backing Chris Wood to score first might be the way to go here.
Tips for Norwich vs Burnley today at 17:30 today
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